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A Faithful GenerationNovember 17, 2012
Tomorrow at the “Rock” we will be looking at living by faith. One of the chapters in Deuteronomy that I read regularly is the Song of Moses (32). This is a song that probably most churches would not want to sing on a Sunday morning. The song starts off fine but takes a sudden turn. First of all this song establishes God as the Rock, having perfect ways and who never does wrong and then…. He points out the fact that we have done wrong. One of the teachings that floats around in church is that because you are a child of God you are always a child of God. Yes God will always love you but check this verse out- “They are corrupt and not his children; to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation. 6 Is this the way you repay the Lord, you foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?” A little later “You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth. 19 The Lord saw this and rejected them because he was angered by his sons and daughters. 20 “I will hide my face from them,” he said, “and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful.” We cannot be a child of God and desert Him at the same time. Children who are unfaithful are from a worldly kingdom not from the kingdom of God. These types of children are a perverse, warped and a crooked generation. Trust me we do not want to be of that faithless generation but of a generation who lives by faith. Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” We have a choice as to how we will live. Will we be a generation who lives by faith or will we be labelled a stubborn and rebellious generation. Psalm 78 “My people hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. 8 They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.”