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Deuteronomy 9: Set Apart by God

I think that it is sometimes easy for Christians to feel like we have some sense of entitlement. Because we try our best to follow the will of God, everything will work out well because God owes it to us. God has great plans for us as I always point out from Jeremiah, but those plans are not a result of our goodness.

That kind of attitude was taking root with the Israelites as well in Deuteronomy chapter 9. Moses was warning them not to think that they were receiving the Promised Land because of their own goodness.

Deu 9:4  Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.

This is a major problem with Christian culture today as well. There are many Christians that forget that we are still sinners who are saved by a merciful God. Becoming a Christian does not mean becoming perfect. If that was the proof of our salvation, we all would fall short.

Yes, we absolutely strive for perfection because we are trying to emulate Jesus, and as we all know, He was perfect. However, we are still going to make mistakes, and we will still need forgiveness.

1Jn 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

So, I think this is the challenge for all of us as we begin the New Year tomorrow. Yes, we do have something special because we have God living within us. That absolutely sets us apart.

However, we are still sinners saved by grace. God doesn’t give us our Promised Land because of how good we are. It is only by the grace of God that we can have our inheritance.

Leviticus 2: God is Special

I think that we are going to run into a lot of parallel passages as we go through Leviticus. Today in Chapter 2, something particularly caught my eye as we are still talking about the meat offering.

Lev 2:13  And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

This might bring another passage to mind about salt.

Mat 5:13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Again, the purpose of salt is to add flavor, and the New Testament passage I mentioned is basically saying that Christians need to act like Christians and not lose their flavor so to speak. What makes Christians different every act like everyone else?

Similarly, in order to be a proper meat offering, there needed to be salt. I don’t think that God necessarily cared about the physical flavor of the sacrifice, but perhaps it is the same idea as the New Testament.

The offering needed to be somewhat different and special. Adding salt to the meat and preparing it the right way took a little more time and care. This type of attention is what we need to give to God.

That is obviously the application when you look at the passage in this way. In both of these passages, salt is mentioned to make something different than something else. This can extend to anything we do for God as our sacrifice since we are supposed to be living sacrifices.

It is important to do everything in the right mindset. God is incredibly special, and we need to remember that. He should be our number one priority.