faith and reality

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faith and reality

Deuteronomy 29:19-21 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 29:19 When someone hears the words of this oath, he may celebrate himself, and this is what he says: ‘I will have peace even though I follow my own stubborn heart.’ This will lead to the destruction of the well-watered land as well as the dry land.
Deuteronomy 29:20 Yahveh will not be willing to forgive him. Instead, his anger and jealousy will burn against that person, and every oath written in this scroll will descend on him. Yahveh will blot out his name under the sky,
Deuteronomy 29:21 and Yahveh will separate him for harm from all the tribes of Israel, according to all the oaths of the covenant written in this book of the instruction.

faith and reality

Some people view religious faith as a kind of stubborn insistence on being at peace in spite of everything going on around them. They think of God as for them no matter what they do. This is not the faith the Bible proclaims. It is religious presumption.

Gospel faith comes only to a heart that recognizes one’s own failure, and asks forgiveness. Gospel faith seeks not to ignore or redefine reality but to reconcile with a holy God.

Ironically, those people who saw faith as a celebration of the self were setting themselves up to be recipients of all of the curses of Mount Ebal. They would be separated for harm from all the tribes of Israel.

Lord, keep us from religious presumption, and keep us near your altar, seeking forgiveness.

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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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