10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear”
Next Sunday’s Gospel reading is Matthew 6:1-11, where Jesus is tempted in the wilderness. Part of the above verse is part of Jesus reply to a temptation. It really struck me. God is saying in no uncertain terms that the Israelites have done nothing to deserve what they are being given. They didn’t fill the cisterns, they didn’t build the cities, but it is being given to them. It is a statement of the immense grace given to us by God through the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.