Remembering the Lord Your God (Part 2 of 4)
Today we will switch back to Deuteronomy where we left off a couple weeks ago. Previously we covered Deut. 8:1-10. At that time I had planned to divide chapter 8 into two parts, since then I have decided to divide the second half of this chapter into three parts-making for a total of four parts. Let’s start by reading the text of verses 11-14.
Deu 8:11-14 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; (12) otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, (13) and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, (14) then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Moses then spelled out the danger inherent in abundant prosperity. Whereas in the wilderness they had to depend on God for the necessities of life, their newfound prosperity might conceal their need for the same dependence. Moses prescribed a sure antidote for this danger: praise the Lord your God. In fact failure to praise Him for His blessings was a step toward forgetting God and then disobeying His commands. Bible Knowledge Commentary
Deu 8:11 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;
It is so easy for us to become forgetfull of the great things God has done for us! We may even seek God earnestly for the things we need-or even for the things we want. Out of His great love for us and according to His will for us He will grant us our requests made before Him. Yet how many times have we neglected to be thankful to God?
Psa 106:21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt,
And God will oftentimes just put us through tests to prove us, to show to us our areas of weakness that we would not have confidence in our flesh but that our confidence would be in the living God. So God’s purpose was to humble them and to prove to them whether or not they would keep the commandments through the forty years of wandering in the wilderness. Chuck Smith
Hos 2:8-9 “For she does not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil, And lavished on her silver and gold, Which they used for Baal. (9) “Therefore, I will take back My grain at harvest time And My new wine in its season. I will also take away My wool and My flax Given to cover her nakedness.
The following excerpt is by John Gill:
Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God,…. The Father of mercies and fountain of goodness, the author and donor of every good and perfect gift. Plenty is apt to induce a forgetfulness of God, when on the contrary one would think it should keep him in continual remembrance, and engage to daily thankfulness to him:
in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day; gave a repetition of, and in the name of God afresh enjoined them, even laws moral, ceremonial, and judicial, which, when not observed, God is forgotten. Gill
Deu 8:12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them,
Remembering that in the previous 40 years the Israelites had wandered around the wilderness living in tents and moving about frommplace to place all the while enduring unforseen circumstances. Finally there became what we may consider some stability in their lives. They began to build a community, they had plenty to eat, and their physical eeds were being met. And yet:
Pro 30:9 That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.
Hos 13:5-6 I cared for you in the wilderness, In the land of drought. (6) As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore they forgot Me.
Ecc 2:4 I enlarged my works: I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself;
Wealth is apt to engender in the possessor of it a spirit of self-gratulation and pride, and abundance of good things to induce men to be luxurious, “to trust in uncertain riches,” and to be forgetful of the bounteous hand from which all that they enjoy has come. Against this the people are hero cautioned and warned. Pulpit Commentary
Amo 5:11 Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor And exact a tribute of grain from them, Though you have built houses of well-hewn stone, Yet you will not live in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine.
Luk 17:28 “It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building;
Deu 8:13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies,
And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply,…. Having good pasture for them in so fruitful a land:
and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied; by trading with other nations:
and all that thou hast is multiplied; children, servants, and substance John Gill
The sin of greed. We certainly see a lot of that going on today. Let’s look at one verse in the Psalms, then two verses in Luke:
Psa 39:6 “Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.
Luk 12:13 Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”
The words of Jesus as recorded by Luke:
Luk 12:15 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”
Deu 8:14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
I grieve as I remember a person, one whom I used to be close to, who once claimed Jesus as Lord and Savior at a time in the past when times were more difficult. While this is a complex story and I shall only give generalities let’s just state that there was an abundance of sin involved and a forsaking of the Lord. This person who had been rescued from slavery by Jesus (the bondage of living for oneself) had forgotten his/her God, became so arrogant and nasty that very few would choose to associate with this person.
then thine heart be lifted up,…. As the heart is apt to be when riches increase; hence the advice in 1Ti_6:17.
and thou forget the Lord thy God; from whom all good things come, and who can take them away when he pleases, and therefore should be ever kept in mind, for ever looked to and trusted in for the continuance of them; yet such is the evil heart of man, and such the stupefying nature of riches, that they bring on forgetfulness of the author of them, lead off from dependence on him and obedience to him; in order to prevent which, an enumeration is given of wonderful instances of divine goodness to Israel, as follows:
which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; into a land abounding with all the above good things, and therefore it must be the highest ingratitude to forget such a God, and disobey his commands. John Gill
2Ch 26:16 But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
Just like the person I referred to above. There is nothing new under the sun.
Psa 106:21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt,
Jer 2:6 “They did not say, ‘Where is the LORD Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and of pits, Through a land of drought and of deep darkness, Through a land that no one crossed And where no man dwelt?’
Please join us next time as we Remember the Lord Our God Part 3 (verses 8:15-17)