The Life We Choose to Lead Deuteronomy 27-30, cont’d.
Deuteronomy 29 The Covenant Forsaken
29:1 the covenant. Moses now details the agreement under which the people would enter the land of Palestine. This Palestinian covenant was in addition to the Mosaic covenant given at Sinai (Horeb).
The Ryrie Study Bible, Deuteronomy 21:1 footnote, p. 314
Deuteronomy 29:1-This chapter is addressed to those who turn away from the Covenant and don’t keep its commands...and then claim that nothing has happened to them (:19). God will “never be willing to forgive him…every curse which is written in this book will rest on him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven.” If the people serve other gods, then God’s anger will be turned against the land as well as the people.
Deuteronomy 29:2-8-Despite everything that God has done…the miracles in Egypt and during the 40 years in the wilderness…the people still have not fully come to understand and worship God.
Deuteronomy 29:10-13-This was the day that God would establish a new covenant with the people. It was to be a covenant for them as they became established in the Promised Land and is referred to as the Palestinian covenant.
Deuteronomy 29:14-28-Once again there is a fearful warning to the people to not forsake their responsibility in this covenant. The punishment will be so devastating that when people from other lands come to the Promised Land and see its ruin they will be shocked.
Deuteronomy 29:29-This verse makes it clear that while the people may not understand the reason for all that happens and may not be able to give an explanation for all that God requires…God has given them clear revelation and instruction in His covenant with them and they are both responsible and accountable for what they have been given.
Deuteronomy 30 The Covenant Restored
Deuteronomy 30:1-10-Chapters 28 and 29 both spoke of future times when Israel will be conquered by foreign powers and the people would be deported to other countries. Now, there is a word of hope…hope that the people would repent and God will restore them.
Deuteronomy 30:11-16-God tells the people that it really is not that difficult. They simply have to be faithful and obedient to God…to love Him and keep His commandments.
Deuteronomy 30:17-18-But, don’t ever try to test the Lord. He has declared that He will punish those who forsake Him and it will be done.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20-God encourages the people to make the right choice, the choice that He will bless.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your love and blessings. I pray that You will give me wisdom to know how to be faithful to You and strength to do so. Lord, it is in the little things, the almost imperceptible details that I sometimes struggle. It isn’t the outright intent to sin that I seem to struggle with the most. But the seemingly inconsequential attitudes, or behaviors. Those things that don’t have an immediate negative consequence. Don’t let me ever say, “I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.” Help me to see that every decision is important and affects my relationship with You…even though I may not immediately recognize it. Thank You, Lord, for Your patience and love for me.