August 10: God’s Unique Relationship With Israel

Every week the Jewish people read a specific portion of the Bible.  Next month, on Shabbat (September 6) they will read: Deuteronomy 21:1-25:19 and Isaiah 54:10.  Many of our prayers this week will come from those sections.

The Deuteronomy portion regulates how the people were to treat each other based on love and respect.  We see two principles:

  • Israel was to be a holy people because God lived among them
  • Israel was to always remember what it felt like to be slaves.


Deuteronomy 23:3-5

“An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the assembly of the Lord; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the Lord forever, because they did not meet you with bread and water on the road when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. Nevertheless the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.

God promised Abraham that He would bless those who blessed and curse those who cursed Israel.  God never forgot the way the Ammonites and Moabites treated Israel.  The good news however, is that when anyone turns and blesses Israel and believes in the God of Israel, they are quickly accepted.  Ruth was a Moabite, but when she chose Israel and God, she was welcomed and became the grandmother of King David!


[Damascus Gate]

Damascus gate at night

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