The Grace of Belonging - A Communion Meditation (2 of 6) by Joe Alain

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The Grace of Belonging - A Communion Meditation (2 of 6)
Series: Deuteronomy
Joe Alain
Deuteronomy 7:6-9

The Lord's Supper as an act of worship reminds us of God's grace in Christ and that because of His grace we belong to God! As we prepare our lives for this time of worship, I want to reflect on the theme from our text, The Grace of Belonging.

This text in Deuteronomy spoke to the Israelites the reality that they belonged to God (v.6) because of His grace (vv.7-8). And because of that grace of God, as an expression of devotion to Him, they were to "love Him and keep His commands" (v.9).

First, I want us to reflect on the truth expressed in verse 6; that is, . . .
1. We Belong to God (v.6)
This verse tells us who we are. Moses reminded the people that they were "a holy people," that they belonged "to the Lord . . . God." While we think of holiness as having to do with moral purity, which it does, here the idea of holiness is expressed as "belonging to the Lord." "The Israelites were a holy people because of their relationship to God, which separated them, or cut them off (the original sense of the root word for "holy") from other peoples and practices." Israel was chosen to be His special people from "all the peoples on the face of the earth." They no longer were to live for themselves, they belonged to God, set apart by the Lord to fulfill His plan and purpose. God's plan for His "treasured possession" was recorded in Exodus 19:6. "You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."

To be holy means that we are set apart by Him, to Him and for Him. We are a people that have been dedicated to the Lord. We are set apart by God to fulfill His plan, His purpose. We belong to God because He has "chosen" us "to be His own possession." Because we belong to God we no longer belong to ourselves. We have relinquished control of our lives. He is Lord and Savior! We are servants of Christ.

What God said to His people in the OT, He says to us ...

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