Deuteronomy 7:9 - God's Love and Promises are Faithful.

Deuteronomy 7:9 - God's Love and Promises are Faithful.

Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV) Know therefore that the LORD your God is 
God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a 
thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.  


The Faithful God. The word translated "faithful" is a 
participial form of the verb 'aman, from which, through the Greek, comes our 
word "amen." The Hebrew verb means "to stay," "to support," "to be 
firm," so stressing the idea of utter dependability. [SDA Bible 

Love/Mercy. From chesed, a word without any exact English 
equivalent. It reflects the concepts of ardent love, earnest desire, 
selfless kindness, grace, favor, and mercy. It represents the summit of 
unselfishness in either God or man. The RSV renders the term by "steadfast 
love." [SDA Bible Commentary] 

Thousand Generations. Equivalent in meaning to the expression 
"forever." Reference is to the multitudes throughout history who enter the 
covenant relationship. [SDA Bible Commentary] 


  Israel had experienced the wrath of God when they allowed 
themselves to be seduced by the Moabites (Num. 25). Now they were entering 
a land where they would be surrounded by pagan worship. There 
could be no compromise. If the nation were defiled by the awful sins 
of the Canaanites, it would jeopardize the fulfilling of God's 
promise of the Savior. Israel had to be a separated people if they were 
to bless the whole world (Gen. 12:1-3). 
  Moses gives us some motives for personal obedience. To begin 
with, God has commanded us (vv. 1-5), and we belong to Him (vv. 6-8). 
He is faithful (vv. 9-11); what He promises, He will fulfill (vv. 
  Believers today must maintain a separated position (2 Cor. 
6:14-18; 1 John 2:15-17) while at the same time loving the lost and 
seeking to win them to Christ. How do we demolish the strongholds of the 
enemy? Read 2 Corinthians 10:1-6 and Ephesians 6:10-20. [Chapter by 
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 


  Commitment is not very common today. Married couples, for 
example, promise to stay committed to each other, but the large number of 
divorces every year indicates that many spouses are not being faithful to 
their vows. God, on the other hand, always stays true to his word and 
has been faithful for all eternity. Faithfulness is not something 
God aspires to; it is an essential part of his character. When God 
makes a promise, he always keeps it. 
  In his speech to the Israelites, Moses hammered home this 
point. The previous generation had refused to believe that God would 
faithfully keep his promise to give them the land. As punishment, God had 
sent them to wander until that entire unfaithful generation had died. 
As the new generation stood ready to enter the land, Moses told 
them, "Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He 
is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand 
  Learn this lesson: God's faithfulness doesn't waver. He will 
keep every promise until the end of time. As David said, "Give thanks 
to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever" (1 
Chronicles 16:34, July 13). [The One Year Bible for New Believers re 

Promises are made. Promises are broken. We've all experienced 
the letdown of a broken promise. It hurts when you have an 
expectation, and a friend, a family member, or a coworker fails to follow 
through. What a comfort to know that we have a Father who keeps all His 
promises, a Friend who will never let us down - guaranteed. [The 365 Daily 
Promise Bible By Barbour re Deu. 7:9] 

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his 
compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your 
faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV) 

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