November 17 - Message Update

“Perfect Love for Imperfect People” - Deuteronomy 33:26-29 – Pastor Brian

 

No matter the situation, people want to be loved and cared for. God offers His perfect love for imperfect people. The title “God’s Perfect Love for Imperfect People,” reflects our series and main point which is God’s perfect “covenant" love does not change regardless of our failures.  His love for us cannot be altered.  His love is perfect in every way.  But how do we know this?  How can we know that even in failure God still loves me? How is God’s perfect love revealed?

 

God’s perfect love is revealed by His PRESENCE. The presence of God should not be taken lightly.  We are incapable of fully understanding God’s impact upon us as our Father. He is omnipresent, everywhere all the time at the same time. His kindness, care and concern about every detail of our lives reach from heaven into our minds, bodies and souls. (vv.26, 27a)

 

Moses describes God in a glorious manner, riding through the heavens, through the skies in His majesty. We should view God in the same awe-inspiring way. God our Father, the Creator is both beyond comprehension yet personally present as shown by His willingness to help us from the heavens and allow us to dwell or live with Him.  Despite Israel’s constant rebellion and failure to honor God, Moses calls them by their Hebrew name, Jeshurun, which means “Upright.” Even when Israel failed to obey God time and again, God in His unbreakable covenant love for His people highly regards them.

 

Deuteronomy 32:11-12 is a small segment of what is known as, “The Song of Moses.” This poetic song summarizes God’s relationship with Israel and gives us a wonderful illustration of His constant presence. The metaphor of the eagle speaks of Father God’s ever-present watchful eye for Israel. The eagle forces its young out of the nest to learn to fly and fend for themselves.  It is counterintuitive to think that pushing the baby eagle out of its nest as beneficial but for survival it’s necessary.  Under the watchful eye of its parent, the young eagle falls and struggles to fly to survive.  If the eaglet flies, all is well but if it’s unable to soar the adult eagle fly’s underneath and catches the floundering fledgling.  In the same way the Lord God allowed Israel to experience Egyptian bondage and wilderness wanderings to make His children a faithful and strong nation.  Like the eagle, the Lord “caught” them in their struggles, underneath with His everlasting arms when they needed help. The God of Israel is the same God we love and worship.  His covenant love is for us as well.  God will nudge us out of the “nest” to teach us to soar.  When pushed out, faith is grown, when we trust that God will catch us.  Sometimes this nudge out of the nest opens our eyes to our wrong decisions or actions so that we would humbly return to Him.

 

God will never reject those who humbly return to Him regardless of our doubts and failure, waiting with open arms to catch us. Having confidence in God’s perfect love shown by His constant presence is comforting.  We observe His presence through seeing all that we have.

 

God’s perfect love is revealed by His PROVISION. James 1:17 tells us God is the source of every good and perfect gift.  He provides our every need far beyond what anyone can offer because His love for us and His resources are unlimited.  

 

God provided Israel a safe and abundant land. Deuteronomy 32:13-14, “He (God) made him (Israel) ride on the high places of the land, and he ate the produce of the field, and He suckled him with honey out of the rock and oil out of the flinty rock. Curds flowed from the herd, and milk from the flock, with the fat of lambs, rams of Bashan and goats, with the very finest of the wheat and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape.”  In His perfect love God provided honey from the rock and oil from the flinty rock suggesting that even in the most barren places God supplies for our needs. God’s love is seen through His provision to Israel of rich food and drink, including curds, milk, lambs, goats, rams, wheat, and wine. 

 

Besides God’s material provision, He also supplies spiritual refreshment. Verse 28 “Heavens drop down dew.” Deut. 32:2 says, “May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distills as dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass and like showers upon the herb.”  Moses’ song is beautiful and descriptive.  You can almost smell the fresh scent of morning dew on grass and the clean air after a gentle rain while reading this verse. Spiritual refreshment is the hope of starting a new day with a clean slate.  The past is gone, a new day has begun which can lift our spirits when times are hard. God provides this truth that His perfect love remains despite our failures.

God’s perfect love is revealed by His PROTECTION. God protects His people. He shields us from the things we see and don’t see.  He guards our spirits from the darts of Satan.  We worship a God who shelters us from eternal harm. (vv.27b, 29)

 

God is Israel’s guardian and fights for them.  He conquered many of Israel’s opponents but there were times God used Israel’s enemies to correct their evil ways. In the Song of Moses, there is a large section dedicated to explaining God’s goal in judging Israel with their enemies. God’s judgement was not to destroy Israel, it was to protect her from going astray and bring her back to Himself.

 

Sometimes God in His perfect love attempts to protect us from our selfish and destructive ways by allowing us to experience painful situations to bring us back to Himself. Could it be that God is teaching you something about yourself?  Maybe you didn’t get that job, promotion or college acceptance because God is trying to protect you.  Friendships are lost because pride gets in the way and you insist on always being right.  God may be using hard lessons in His attempt to protect and mold you into the person He desires you to be.

 

Only Almighty God has the character to perfectly love imperfect people. But when we are moved to love as He loves, inspiring and miraculous things happen. God’s love is expressed through Jesus who died on the cross for our sins and was raised three days later defeating sin’s power.  Followers of Christ, each and every time we sin, our perfect God, loves His imperfect people to bring us back to Himself.  This is God’s amazing grace observed throughout our study in Deuteronomy.  Be encouraged. Despite Israel’s and our failures God remains perfect in His Covenant Love to His imperfect people.

 

Songs of Praise: There is a Fountain; Jesus Paid it All; His Mercy is More; Doxology.