Deuteronomy 31:6. As the Bible Says:
In this verse, Moses is 120 years old and is giving a speech to the Israelites. They are east of the river Jordan preparing to enter the Promised Land. They have been wandering in the desert for 40 years preparing for this moment.
Moses says that God has told him “Thou shalt not pass over this Jordan. So this is one of the last opportunities for Moses to speak and encourage the Israelites to conquer the Promised Land.
He assures them that God will be with them when they enter their homeland and fight against the nations established there. Developing courage in this way is effective. Soon the Israelites will rule the Promised Land.
Let’s look at the full verse
“Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.
Having demonstrated that God would be with them, by their help, he exhorts the people to be firm and magnanimous. And surely this is a means to confirm our courage, to be sure that the help that God promises will be enough for us.
So far it is the case, that our zeal and energy to act rightly is affected, by our attribution to the grace of God what foolish men attribute to their own free will. For those who are excited by strenuous action depending upon their own strength, do no more than throw themselves headlong into their senseless recklessness and pride.
Let us understand, then, that all exhortations are fleeting and ineffectual, that they are based upon anything other than simple trust in the Grace of God. Thus Moses assumes, as his motive for exhortation, that God will fight for the Israelites. Thus, they have faith in the suspense, so that we can only believe for one day, and even from one moment to the next, while we have doubts about what God will do with us the next day.
Whereas, if faith corresponds to God’s promises, and is, so to speak, in harmony with them, it must extend to our whole life, even beyond death itself; for God removes all doubt about the future with these words: “I will not leave you or forsake you.
Moses assures Israel of God’s constant presence with them. This is applied by the apostle to all the spiritual Israel of God, to encourage their faith and hope; this gospel is preached to us, as well as to them; it will never fail you, nor will it abandon you,
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