Deut 8:18, 9:5 - Confirm the Oath
In Deut 8:18 Moses tells the people why they will be given the power to make wealth - so that God may "confirm His covenant" which He promised to their forefathers. In Deut 9:5 Moses says the same thing but applies it to their enemies being destroyed. He encourages them not to get "big-headed" about killing their enemies and that the only reason God is going to allow them to destroy them is to "confirm the oath" God made to their forefathers. God had promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that one day their descendants would be as numerous as the stars and that they would inherit the land of Canaan as their own land. Word travelled fast and now almost all the people that lived in Canaan and surrounded Canaan had heard about this promise. God's reputation was on the line. If the Israelites weren't able to destroy the people then God would be seen as weak and incapable of making good on the promise He gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is why Moses prayed concerning God's reputation when God wanted to destroy His people for their sin - He was reminding God of what all the "outside" people would think of God if He killed His own people. Moses longed for God to get glory among all the people, so he was always watching out for God's reputation.
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