|Deuteronomy 8 |
1 [Moses speaking]. "All the commandments which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers.
2 And you shall remember all the ways, which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep [obey] his commandments, or not.
3 And he humbled you, and allowed you to be hungry, and fed you with manna, which you had not known, neither did your fathers know; so that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD1 does man live.
4 Your clothing did not wear out upon you, neither did your foot swell, these forty years.
5 You shall also consider in your heart, that, as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you.2
6 Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
7 For the LORD your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
9 A land in which you shall eat bread without scarceness, you shall not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig brass.
10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which he has given you.
11 Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command you this day.
12 Lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built fine houses, and dwelt in them;
13 And when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;
14 Then your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt from the house of bondage;
15 Who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought forth water for you out of the rock of flint;
16 Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers had not ever known, that he might humble you, and that he might prove you, to do you good at your latter end;
17 And you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth.'
18 But you shall remember the LORD your God because it is he that gives you power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
19 And it shall be, if you do at all forget the LORD your God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.
20 As the nations which the LORD destroys before your face, so shall you perish; because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God."
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1 man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. Heed this reader; unless you are listening to the voice of the Lord within your heart and obeying it completely, you are a dead man walking, without the life of God, without salvation, without any inheritance in heaven.
2 as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you. In Revelation, Jesus says to Christians confident of their presumed salvation: As many as I love, I chastise. So if you have not been chastened by the Lord, you are not loved by the Lord as a son.
Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
As many as I love, chastise [reprove, discipline]; be zealous therefore, and repent. Rev 3:17-19.
and in Hebrews:
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and scourges every son whom he accepts.
Endure your trials with suffering as a discipline [not punishment, but training from God to improve your virtue],
God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom the father does not discipline?
But if you are without chastisement discipline, of which all [true sons of God] must share,
then are you illegitimate, and not sons. Heb 12:6-8
So if you have not been chastened and scourged by God in tribulation, you are not a true son; instead you are a self-declared illegitimate son.
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