bearing his name

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bearing his name

Deuteronomy 28:8-10 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 28:8 Yahveh will command for you an empowerment on your barns and on everything you do; he will empower you in the land Yahveh your God is giving you.
Deuteronomy 28:9 Yahveh will establish you as his sacred people, as he swore to you, if you watch the commands of Yahveh your God and walk in his ways.
Deuteronomy 28:10 Then all the peoples of the land will see that you bear Yahveh’s name, and they will stand in awe of you.

bearing his name

The miracles God did for the Israelites to get them out of their bondage in Egypt had resulted in a certain respect, and sometimes a downright fear of them among the Canaanites and other nations who were possessing the land. It was as if every Israelite was branded with God’s name on him, and that commanded respect.

Now, Moses says there will be two additional ways in which the Israelites will bear God’s name. Their lives will be governed by God’s commands, which will set them apart morally from the other nations, and that will result in an obvious difference in their productivity and prosperity.

These three blessings were like a three-legged stool, enabling the Israelites to witness to God’s glory. But the witness did not work unless all three legs of the chair were present at the same time. If the people disobeyed God’s commands — not walking in his ways — they would lose both the prosperity and the awe of being associated with the God of the exodus.

Lord, we want to bear the name of Christ. Burn his commands on our hearts so that we represent him among the nations.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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