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Deuteronomy 7:6-8 NKJV

 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

 God, through Moses, explained to Israel the reason they enjoyed such wonderful benefits. It was not because they were a large group. They were smaller in number than the nations around them. This allowed God to demonstrate His character and power even more because they could not ascribe their success to their large number or strength. They continually experienced the miraculous and had to give God glory. Their history showed that whenever they got away from God they suffered the consequences. Whenever they returned to Him they would once again see that He was their strength and the source of everything they needed. This passage in Deuteronomy reveals that the goodness of God was a result of 2 things - love and covenant. God loved them because He loved their forefathers. He honored the words He spoke to their ancestors. His love for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob went on after their deaths. We can be encouraged that we too are loved and blessed by God because of our heritage through Christ. Galatians 3:29 tells us that we are Abraham's seed through Christ and heirs according the same promises. Also, we are the Body of Christ and Jesus said in His prayer to the Father that the Father loved those who belong to Jesus the same way He loved Jesus. Let us be grateful today for the wonderful love of God. It is His Word and His love that causes us to be blessed - not anything we have done to earn it. Our obedience to Him simply takes us into the path that leads us to what has already been provided for us because of His love and covenant.