Deuteronomy 2, Psalm 83-84, Isaiah 30, Jude
 

Deuteronomy 2:7
"For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands.  He knows your going through this great wilderness.  These forty years the LORD your God has been with you.  You have lacked nothing."
 
What a gracious and good God!  Even after the people rebelled against Him at Kadesh-barnea He still "blessed...all the work of your hands" and "You have lacked for nothing." 
 
Have you ever heard someone say "Do as I say and not as I do."?  The LORD God is not like that.  As I read Deuteronomy 2:7 my thoughts turned to Jesus' instruction in Luke 6:27-36.  Jesus instructs those who follow Him on how to treat the opposition.  He says "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you."  Jesus gives several additional commands regarding how believers are to treat others.  His concluding statement in this passage is "Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."
 
The nation of Israel received blessing after blessing from God.  They saw His strong right arm deliver them on numerous occasions, yet they rejected Him.  How did He treat them?  Even as He sent them into the wilderness, He blessed them.
 
Shepherd of Israel, just as You blessed the nation of Israel in the middle of Your punishment, so, too, have You blessed and protected me.  Father, You truly are merciful.  May I exhibit the same kindness and compassion.
 
Isaiah 30:1-22
God warns the people of Israel they will be sorry if they look to Egypt for protection.  It may appear Egypt is worthy of trust since it rules from Zoan to Hanes, but Israel will be humiliated and put to shame.  Verses 6-7 says Israel was paying Egypt to be trustworthy. 
 
God says this will happen because the plans they have are not His and they have aligned themselves with someone other than Him.  God describes their action as adding "sin to sin." 
 
In verses 9-11, God depicts the people as rebellious liars unwilling to listen to Him.  They have gone so far as to tell His prophets and seers, "Don't tell us what He says.  Tell us only what we want to hear.  We don't want to hear about the Holy One of Israel anymore."  Reminds me of what Paul says about the last days in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths". 
 
Can you imagine after all the history Israel had with the Holy One of Israel, they could ever come to this place?  In verse 15, God refers to Himself as not just the "Holy One of Israel" but as the "Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel."  He says that it may appear others rule but, He is the Sovereign.  He always accomplishes His purpose because that is what sovereign means.  By aligning themselves with anyone but Him, they will ultimately be humiliated and put to shame.
 
Sovereign LORD, I confess to developing allies and making plans without You.  I have put my trust in the idols of this world.  But, I desperately want You as my Teacher.  I want to hear Your Spirit saying to me, "This is the way, walk in it."  When I turn to the right or the left, I want it to be because I am following Your instruction.  I say "Be gone" to all the idols I have pursued.  I want only the direction of the Sovereign LORD.

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