TOPIC: STAY DEPARTED UNTO THE LORD
"When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. But those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction; he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him”
Moses taught them not to make any deal/treaty or enter into married with the foreign nations/people as a way of protecting them from foreign influence. Whenever a relationship is created there is a channel of influence and that could lead to destruction of their faith and dignity on the face of the earth. He further reminded them that it was by love that the Lord set them apart from the other nations. And those that love the Lord He is faithful to them. In our case the foreign people are those who hate the Lord and as such we need to becareful with them so that we will not despise our faith in Christ Jesus.
Prayer:-pray and intecede for all pregnant mothers and all sick people around the globe
intercede for places where there is political unrest like Iraq and Egypt that there will be peace
What to meditate on:
What is true peace and where can it be found?