God’s Word of Promise
Deuteronomy 30:1-20: The LORD God has promised the Israelites to be their God (26:18; 29:13), and they are to demonstrate that they are the LORD’s people by keeping the agreement God made with them. In today’s reading, Moses reminds the people that their decisions will have consequences.
Conditions for Restoration and Blessing
1“I have now given you a choice between a blessing and a curse. When all these things have happened to you, and you are living among the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you, you will remember the choice I gave you. 2If you and your descendants will turn back to the Lord and with all your heart obey his commands that I am giving you today, 3then the Lord your God will have mercy on you. He will bring you back from the nations where he has scattered you, and he will make you prosperous again. 4Even if you are scattered to the farthest corners of the earth, the Lord your God will gather you together and bring you back, 5so that you may again take possession of the land where your ancestors once lived. And he will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your ancestors ever were. 6The Lord your God will give you and your descendants obedient hearts, so that you will love him with all your heart, and you will continue to live in that land. 7He will turn all these curses against your enemies, who hated you and oppressed you, 8and you will again obey him and keep all his commands that I am giving you today. 9The Lord will make you prosperous in all that you do; you will have many children and a lot of livestock, and your fields will produce abundant crops. He will be as glad to make you prosperous as he was to make your ancestors prosperous, 10but you will have to obey him and keep all his laws that are written in this book of his teachings. You will have to turn to him with all your heart.
11“The command that I am giving you today is not too difficult or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in the sky. You do not have to ask, ‘Who will go up and bring it down for us, so that we can hear it and obey it?’ 13Nor is it on the other side of the ocean. You do not have to ask, ‘Who will go across the ocean and bring it to us, so that we may hear it and obey it?’ 14No, it is here with you. You know it and can quote it, so now obey it.
15 “Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, between life and death. 16If you obey the commands of the Lord your God, which I give you today, if you love him, obey him, and keep all his laws, then you will prosper and become a nation of many people. The Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are about to occupy. 17But if you disobey and refuse to listen, and are led away to worship other gods, 18you will be destroyed—I warn you here and now. You will not live long in that land across the Jordan that you are about to occupy. 19I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life. 20 Love the Lord your God, obey him and be faithful to him, and then you and your descendants will live long in the land that he promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
Today’s Key Verse: Deuteronomy 30:20a
“Love the LORD your God, obey him and be faithful to him.”
What are the choices Moses puts before the people? If they remain faithful, what blessings will they receive? What are the consequences of disobedience? Are you facing any difficult choices today?
Lord God, grant me an obedient heart. Teach me to love and serve you always. Whenever I am faced with difficult decisions, guide my thoughts so that the choices I make are in accord with your will. Thank you for all your blessings. Amen.
Joshua 6:1-27: The city of Jericho falls.