In our Torah portion today, Pastor Mark brought out a number of words that are used multiple times. In Hebrew whenever a word is used multiple times, it emphasizes the importance of the word.
“Remember” was one of the words used multiple times, and it is so important to remember!
Deuteronomy 7:6-9 For you are an holy people unto the LORD your God; the LORD your God hath chosen you to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people; But because the LORD loved you and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.
1. How amazing is it to remember that you are chosen by the LORD?
2. Do you remember why the LORD chose you?
3. What does God keep with them that love Him and keep His commandments?
Ephesians 2:12,13 Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
1. “At that time” what were you aliens from? How much hope did you have?
Where was God in your life?
2. Why are the words “But now” so important?
REMEMBERING what the Lord our God has done for us is critical. When we remember, we are so grateful. As we remember we know we were granted all these riches because of His mercy and His Covenant. Gratefulness becomes a way of life as we Remember all He has done for us, and as we Remember His Love for us!!