Day Sixty-Six, Deuteronomy 27-30
Now that Moses has finished restating the laws of the Lord, in today’s reading the Israelites renew the covenant that they first made at Mount Sinai.
Moses assures the people that if they follow God’s laws, He will bless them and they will be very fruitful and prosperous in the promised land.
However, he also reminds them that the Lord will bring curses of unfruitfulness, plagues, diseases, oppression, captivity, and dispersion if they fail to obey His commands and walk in His ways.
Moses reminds the people of all the great things the Lord has done in keeping His covenant to them, and how He has cared for and provided for them.
Moses also reminds the people that this covenant is to be everlasting, from one generation to another. They are to pass down the Lord’s commands to the generations that come after them, so that their descendants will know the Lord and walk in His ways.
Although there is the warning against disobedience, there is also a reminder of God’s grace. Moses assures the people that even if the Lord scatters them to the most distant lands, if their children repent and turn to the Lord with all their hearts, then He will show compassion and restore them.
Moses encourages the people by letting them know that this covenant is not too difficult for them too keep, and not too distant, for ‘the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”
Moses ends this renewal of the covenant by giving the people a choice. He says, “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commands, decrees, and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess…This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
“For the Lord is your life…”
The same applies to us today. Indeed, it is in Him that we live and move and have our being.
Also, we have the same choice today.