WEDNESDAY 17TH MARCH, 2021
THEME: UNGRATEFUL NATION 1
PASSAGE: DEUTERONOMY 32: 9-18
MEMORY VERSE: Deuteronomy 32:18“You were unmindful of the rock that begot you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth.”
HYMN:MHB 889 (22.214.171.124.8.8.) – GOD of our fathers, known of old.
Moses gives instances of God’s compassion and concern for Israel as a chosen nation of God. In verses 13 and 14 of our text, God provided the best of the best for Israel. He also provided the best security for them against their enemies. Sadly the nation of Israel at this stage of their spiritual blessedness and economic prosperity were not grateful to God. They did not bless the name of God for His divine provision in their lives and nation. They fed fat and forgot God!
Here are two instances of the wickedness of Israel, they forsook their God (like the case of Nigeria Festac 1977) on one hand, and committed apostasy on the other hand. These people were called Jeshurun, an upright people, in comparison to others; but they soon lost the reputation both of their knowledge and of their righteousness. They indulged their appetites as if they had nothing to do but to make provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts of it.
The revolt of Israel and other nations of the world (Nigeria inclusive) made God decide that they shall suffer hunger, burning heat, and loss of lives and destruction. He will also send the teeth of beasts against them, with the poison of serpents of the dust (Deut.32:24), that attracted strange diseases such as the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic (Covid 19) which can be attributed to the sin of idolatry, apostasy, faithlessness, inordinate ambition, covetousness, and a host of other wicked deeds of the people against God’s ordinance.
However, God preserved Israel still to be living witnesses of the truth of the Bible and to silence unbelievers. Israel and other nations shall be brought to humble themselves before the Lord, to repent of their sins, and to trust in their long-rejected Mediator, Jesus Christ, for their Salvation. Then He will deliver them and make their prosperity great. Let us repent of our sins for there is no future for an ungrateful nation.
PRAYER: Gracious God, be compassionate on our nation, Nigeria, for our sin of ungratefulness to You and rescue us from ruin, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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