VERSE OF THE DAY
Deuteronomy 7:9 (New Living Translation)
Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.
So remember that the Lord your God is the only God, and you can trust him! He keeps his agreement. He shows his love and kindness to all people who love him and obey his commands. He continues to show his love and kindness through a thousand generations. Only he is master over all. He favors who love him with his unfailing love and the reward is favor of love to those who love and obey Deut 7:9
What Does Deuteronomy 7:9 Mean? ►
Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.
When we are exhorted in Scripture to KNOW something, we should make sure that this is something that we really and truly KNOW in our heart and soul and mind and strength and spirit. We are to KNOW without shadow of turning that the eternal creator of heaven and earth, Who has locked Himself into an everlasting convent with humanity, is our Lord and God and that He is faithful and true in all that He says and in all that He has promised.
We are to know without question or query that God, Who had adopted us as children, has made us accepted in the Beloved. He has sealed us with His Holy Spirit; come to dwell within our mortal bodies and has also given us an everlasting assurance that in His sight we are saved, sanctified, glorified and have already been given eternal life.
Our acceptance in the Beloved is as sure as His sovereign character; as extensive as His infinite strength; as glorious as His unconditional love and He has pledged mercy on all that love Him and keep His commandments – to a thousand generations.
We are to know without fear or favour that the Lord our God is a covenant keeping God. His promises to Israel stand sure and His promises to the Church are equally as firm, for every promise and covenant that has been given to humanity as a whole; to the nation of Israel in particular and to us, who are His Body, the Church – is yes and amen in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All that is asked of us is to trust Him as Saviour and then hand over to Him – so that in His power, strength and love He can work in us and through us, as He slowly yet surely conforms us into the likeness of His Son – to the praise of His holy name.
We are exhorted in Scripture to KNOW that the LORD is God; to KNOW that He is the true and living God; to KNOW He is faithful that He keeps His covenant promises for ever and ever, amen.
When we truly KNOW this, then we start to know HIM and to LOVE Him – for we KNOW that His tender mercy is extended to ALL who love Him and keep His commandments – and all we need to KNOW is recorded in Scripture.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations —Deuteronomy 7:9
Start by observing the context of the verse. Take time this week to read through Deuteronomy 5-7.
That We Might Know Him
God gives us the Bible that we might know Him. One of the first things we should ask when we read a portion of the Bible is, “What does this passage teach me about God?” There’s a logic we can apply: Since God has put this passage in the Bible, and since He gave us the Bible that we might know Him, then we can know Him better through it.
God gives us Himself in His promises, that we might know Him. This new year in Fighter Verses begins with a command to know that Yahweh is our God and He is faithful (when you see “LORD” in all caps in your Bible, it is the translation for Yahweh). This declaration and recognition of the LORD’s (Yahweh’s) faithfulness to us is fitting at all times—but we would have to agree that 2020 especially has been a year filled with suffering and testing. As we begin 2021, let’s look to the One, who, in all our times, keeps His covenant and will never fail us. He has promised and He is faithful. His Word is true.
Faithful, Steadfast Love
Deuteronomy 7:9 starts right out with the command to know that the LORD our God is God. We can know there is no god besides Yahweh. Know the LORD is our sovereign, reigning God. We learn not only is He sovereign and faithful—but He is also steadfast in His love and is the covenant-keeping God.
Deuteronomy is a book that recounts God’s glorious ways and miraculous deeds. It looks back and reminds us in history, from Exodus through Numbers, of His faithfulness to Moses and His chosen people. It is a reminder of future promises, of God’s covenant “steadfast love” that is working in us who believe today; to love Him with the love He gives us—this love that drives us to keep His commands for the blessing of children yet to be born.
God has been faithful, He is faithful, and He will be faithful to a thousand coming generations. He is the covenant-keeper, not because of anything in us that is lovable, wise, or noble (Deuteronomy 7:1-9), but because He first loved us and took initiative to make a covenant with us, weak and undeserving sinners as we are. He chose us to be His possession.
God wants us to know Him and His covenant-keeping love and faithfulness through Christ Jesus.
Is there a condition to the promise in Deuteronomy 7:9? Yes. It is for those who love God and keep His commandments. The condition of this blessing is fulfilled in Christ Jesus for all those who believe. For we could not love God without His loving us first in sending Jesus to save us. We could not lovingly worship, obey, or serve Him without Jesus first meeting the demands of the law on our behalf. “For our sake he [God] made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21, emphasis added).
Who can benefit from this promise? A thousand generations. (See also, John 17:3, 2 Corinthians 1:20, Hebrews 1:1-3.)
A thousand generations are affected by what we believe and do today. Our impact begins with our heart’s response to God when we learn of His faithfulness to us, His love for us, His covenant with us in Christ Jesus. What is our reasonable response? Let us worship the LORD our God with our lives; He is God, the faithful God. Give thanks to Him and obey Him from a heart full of love for Him. May the coming generations see this in you and want to know the LORD, too!
See Fighter Verses Set 1 Resources and The Inductive Bible Study Handbook to enhance your understanding of God’s Word in 2021.