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n the plains of Moab, Moses ad-  eral hand of God in giving them a land that
               dressed the people of God. Egypt  they did not work for; houses they did not
        Oand the wilderness lay behind;  build; vineyards they did not plant. They
        Jordan and Canaan lay ahead. God was   in turn were to be marked by liberality in
        preparing the land for the people, and in   their dealings with others. They were to
        his four sermons which comprise the book   “open their hand wide” to their brother in
        of Deuteronomy, Moses was preparing the   need. Thus, grace received was to lead to
        people for the land. Among his instructions   grace displayed.
        he said: “If thy brother … sold unto thee
        … Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of   We who have known redemption from
        thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of   a far greater bondage, who have received
        thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD   grace  abounding,  and  who  have  been
        thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give   blessed with every spiritual blessing that
        unto him. And thou shalt remember that  the omniscient mind and loving heart of
        thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt,  God could give, should have a far greater
        and the LORD thy God redeemed thee:  response to that grace than the nation of
        therefore, I command thee this thing to  Israel did.
        day” (Deut 15:14-15, KJV).             The challenging question then is: “Do I
          John  Newton,  who  penned  “Amaz-  treat my fellow believer in the same man-
        ing Grace,” had inscribed over his desk,   ner that God has treated me?” Am I willing
        “Remember that thou wast a bondman   to “release” them from offenses by showing
        in the land of Egypt.” There is no greater   a readiness to forgive? Do I deal liberally
        incentive to faithfulness and devotion than   with them in all my interactions, showing
        a reminder of the amazing grace we have   a liberality of kindness, care, compassion,
        known.                               and even material things when needed?
          Over 14 times in Deuteronomy Moses
        enjoined the people to “remember;” an ad-  In John 15:12 the Lord Jesus established
        ditional four times he urged them to “for-  a standard synonymous with the spirit
        get not.” Obedience and faithfulness flow   of Deuteronomy 15:14-15. “A new com-
        from a remembrance of grace received.  mandment I give unto you, that ye love
          But the citation in Deuteronomy 15 had   one another; as I have loved you, that ye
        another purpose. Whether it was higher   also love one another.” The bar has been set
        and deeper is left for you to discern. They   very high for us as believers: to show the
        were to treat others with the consciousness   same grace to others that we have known;
        of how they had been treated. They were   to show the same love to others which
        recipients of the “releasing” grace of God  Christ has for us. The tragedy is not that
        and were now expected to treat others in  we fail to reach the standard, but that we
        the same manner. They had known the lib-  make so little effort to reach it.

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