Deuteronomy 9* The Israelites not to think their success came by their ownworthiness. (1-6) Moses reminds the Israelites of theirrebellions. (7-29)1-6 Moses represents the strength of the enemies they were nowto encounter. This was to drive them to God, and engage theirhope in him. He assures them of victory, by the presence of Godwith them. He cautions them not to have the least thought oftheir own righteousness, as if that procured this favour atGod's hand. In Christ we have both righteousness and strength;in Him we must glory, not in ourselves, nor in any sufficiencyof our own. It is for the wickedness of these nations that Goddrives them out. All whom God rejects, are rejected for theirown wickedness; but none whom he accepts are accepted for theirown righteousness. Thus boasting is for ever done away: see #Eph2:9,11,12|. 7-29 That the Israelites might have no pretence to think thatGod brought them to Canaan for their righteousness, Moses showswhat a miracle of mercy it was, that they had not been destroyedin the wilderness. It is good for us often to remember againstourselves, with sorrow and shame, our former sins; that we maysee how much we are indebted to free grace, and may humbly ownthat we never merited any thing but wrath and the curse at God'shand. For so strong is our propensity to pride, that it willcreep in under one pretence or another. We are ready to fancythat our righteousness has got for us the special favour of theLord, though in reality our wickedness is more plain than ourweakness. But when the secret history of every man's life shallbe brought forth at the day of judgment, all the world will beproved guilty before God. At present, One pleads for us beforethe mercy-seat, who not only fasted, but died upon the cross forour sins; through whom we may approach, though self-condemnedsinners, and beseech for undeserved mercy and for eternal life,as the gift of God in Him. Let us refer all the victory, all theglory, and all the praise, to Him who alone bringeth salvation.
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