Dave Burnette's Commentary

Deuteronomy Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses 
Date Penned: (1407 BC)
Overview: To Remind and Rededicate Israel to the Lord (c 1-34)
Theme: Principles for Godly Living (c 5-28)
Message: Conquering the Enemy Nations (v 1-26)

Deuteronomy 7 Commentary

(7:1-2) God's Enemies - God told the Israelites to completely destroy their enemies. How can a God of love and mercy wipe out everyone, even children? Although God is loving and merciful, he is also just. These enemy nations were as much a part of God's creation as Israel was, and God does not allow evil to continue unchecked. God had punished Israel by keeping out of the Promised Land all those who had disobeyed him. The command to destroy these nations was a judgment (9:4-6) and a safety measure. On one hand, the people living in the land were being judged for their sin, and Israel was God's instrument of judgment-just as God would one day use other nations to judge the people of Israel for their sin (2 Chronicles 36:17; Isaiah 10:12). On the other hand, God's command was designed to protect the nation of Israel from being ruined by the idolatry and immorality of its enemies. To think that God is too "loving" to judge sin would be to
misunderstand him.

(7:5) False gods - Asherah was a Canaanite fertility goddess associated with Baal. Baal was the most worshiped god of the Canaanites. Most often cast in the form of a bull, he symbolized strength and fertility and was considered the god of agriculture. Asherah was Baal's female consort. She was worshiped by means of wooden pillars, here called groves. 

(7:6-8) God Keeps His Promises - How did Israel deserve to be chosen above all the other nations? It was a matter not of the Israelites' merit but of God keeping his promise to their ancestors (first made in Genesis 12:1- 3). Just as God chose the nation of Israel, he has chosen all believers today to be a part of his treasured possession. It is not because of our merit that we have come to faith in Christ. Instead, God chose us out of his love, goodness, and grace.

(7:21-24) God's Plan -  Moses told the Israelites that God would destroy Israel's enemies, but not all at once. God had the power to destroy those nations instantly, but he chose to do it in stages, "by little and little." In the same way and with the same power, God could miraculously and instantaneously change your life. Usually, however, he chooses to help you gradually, teaching you one lesson at a time. Rather than expecting instant spiritual maturity and solutions to all your problems, slow down and work one step at a time, trusting God to make up the difference between where you aré now and where you should be. You'll soon look back and see that a miraculous transformation has occurred.

(7:25-26) Staying Away from Sin - Moses warned the Israelites against becoming ensnared by the idols of the defeated nations by desiring the silver or gold on them. We may think it's all right to be close to sin as long as we don't participate. "After all," we say, "I won't do anything wrong!" But coming close to sin can hurt us, and we can become more and more attracted to it and finally give in. Avoid the snare of sin first by asking the Holy Spirit for self-control over your desires and then by staying as far away from sin as you can.



Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our Discipleship

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Deuteronomy with Chapter 7 and we see Moses explains how the Lord conquers Nations and uses his people in the process. In this process the Lord teaches us and shows us Himself for our growth. The Lord could remove or conquer His enemies at once but chooses to do it at His pace to again teach us that He is Lord. In making application we see the Lord doing this today. He allows us to have adversaries for a period of time to strengthen our faith and show us He is Lord. It reminds me of how the Lord has defeated an enemy of poverty in provided for us over the years of being in Ministry. He has allowed us to have just enough funds to cover our needs. He supplies our needs through the people of God and has given us what we need when we need it. This process has increased my faith to a new level. I know that the Lord will defeat my enemy of poverty just when I need it and in the process has given a faith that I share with others when they have a need. How about you? Do you see the Lord defeating our enemies just when need it and in the process teaching us more about Himself? Let us learn from today's text to see that the Lord defeats His enemies on His timetable for our discipleship.


Deuteronomy 7

Deuteronomy 7

 1When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;

 2And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

 3Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

 4For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

 5But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

 6For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

 7The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

 8But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

 9Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

 10And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.

 11Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.

 12Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:

 13And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

 14Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.

 15And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

 16And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.

 17If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?

 18Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;

 19The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.

 20Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.

 21Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.

 22And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

 23But the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.

 24And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.

 25The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therin: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.

 26Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.