-Life and death are set before the children of God in this powerfully exhortative portion of Scripture. The prophet Moses speaks to the time when the children of Israel will fall under the curse and find themselves in all the nations that the LORD their God banished them. Notice there is no IF here. God has all wisdom and knowledge in seeing the future events that will happen on this earth and in the universe. There is, prophetically, no doubt left that these things will transpire and God is preparing them for this event. When they find themselves in that place, which has already happened by the way, they were to call to mind the things of God, return to Him, and obey Him with all their “heart and soul (Deuteronomy 30:1-2).” When they did these things, then the LORD promised He would “restore” them once again from their “captivity” and have “compassion” on them to “gather” them back from all the earth where they had been scattered as outcasts. They will come back into the land which their fathers possessed and repossess it with guaranteed prosperity and multiplication from the LORD even more than their original lot. The Word says, “Moreover the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live (Deuteronomy 30:3-6).” At that time the curses will then be inflicted on Israel’s enemies and on those who hate God’s people and persecuted them (Deuteronomy 30:7). The Law will be reestablished and their obedience will be evident. God will again rejoice over His people and bless them richly in all areas. This commandment which the children were given was not too difficult for them, nor was it out of reach. It was not in heaven too far away, nor was it across the sea in an unreachable spot. The “word” was very near them, in their mouth and in their heart that they may observe God’s edicts and live by them (Deuteronomy 30:8-14).
-So Moses, under the inspiration of God Almighty, sets before them, on that day, life and prosperity verses death and adversity. Life was first of all in the love of their God. Secondly, life was in the walking out of His ways in process. Finally, life was in keeping His commands, His statutes, His judgments without questioning or rebelling against it. Blessing, possession, and multiplication was God’s desire, and He laid it all out before them to choose. But, if their heart turned away in disobedience before their covenant King to worship and serve false gods and concepts, the LORD would surely make them to perish and vacate them from their homeland. In this case they would not be prolonged in the land that they were about to enter by God’s grace and power. Heaven and earth were witnesses of these facts as Moses presented them in the Jordan River Valley of Moab to the east side of the Promised Land. The prophet implored them to choose life for themselves and their descendants “by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His Voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them (Deuteronomy 30:15-20).
-*Application* We see the necessity of our human choices in the economy of God here right along with His sovereignty. The two always go hand in hand and create a healthy biblical tension for us to grapple with. While God sees ahead and knows the choices we will make, from our perspective we are given the opportunity to decide for ourselves the course for our life and eternity (Romans 8:29-30, there is a definite order for salvation here). This is a big deal! God did not make robots that are programmed and only carry out His decrees. We have a real say in the directions that we take with our existence. What will you choose today? Life and prosperity, or death and adversity? Know this, God is not willing for ANY to perish; He wants ALL to come to repentance and faith in Him (John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9).
Verses to Memorize: Deuteronomy 30:11, 14, 19-20