For Israel, what enemy could be harder to conquer than a nation under which they were slaves? God miraculously brought them out of the tyranny of Egypt, and He would bring them to victory over other nations. Now, paint that as a spiritual picture: what greater, more miraculous victory is there than Christ redeeming is from death and sin? And if He has done that which is impossible with men, how much more does He have power to do anything else?
There is nothing wrong with taking joy in what God has blessed us, in acknowledging the ways in which He has indeed blessed us.
"Perfect" (H8549--tamiym) - entire, also integrity, truth; without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerity, sound, without spot, undefiled, upright, whole.
In context, this verse comes immediately after warnings of witches, wizards, familiar spirits, etc. (vs. 10-11), which are abominations in God's eyes (vs. 9, 12). If our desire is to be completely blameless before God, then why do we use these abominations as entertainment? We wouldn't dare entertain ourselves with movies and books about sodomites or blatant adulterers, but there is more in Scripture displaying the abomination of witchcraft than sodomy. So why do we accept it more? Are we truly striving to live "perfect" in Christ?
"And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven." Deuteronomy 29:19-20
How do I respond to a warning from God's Word? Do I see myself as "above" God's correction, or do I fear Him and obey?
What is your favorite Old Testament book?