For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it? Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it? But the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
See I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, that you may live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other god’s and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish, you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.
I call heaven and Earth as witness today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him; for He is your life and the length of your days, and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them. Deuteronomy 30:11-20 NK
Moses repeated the commandments of God to a second generation of Israelites. They are the children of the people God led out of Egypt. They are the children of the people who witnessed the miracles God performed in Egypt.
Moses told Israel the Word of God is not difficult for them to understand. God made his commandments and instructions clear. The Word of God is open and available. If they do not understand or have questions God has provided answers.
Moses declared before heaven and Earth Israel has no excuse for disobeying God.
God wanted Israel to obey his commands so they could live the abundant life in the promised land of God’s blessing and protection. If they choose to follow false, gods and idols they choose death and separation from God in the land He promised them.
God is speaking to us. He is speaking to first generation Christians and people who were raised in Christian households. He is telling us His instructions and commandments are not difficult to understand. God’s Word is open and available to us. If we do not understand them or have questions God has provided answers. They can be found in the bible.
God is calling us to choose for ourselves if we will obey His commands. We can live in the promised land of God’s blessing and protection where there will be eternal joy. We may also choose to follow other god’s and idols. We can live outside of God’s blessing and protection if we so choose!
You and I have the freedom to choose for ourselves. Choose to obey the simple easy to understand instructions and commands of the God who loves you. God’s desire is to bless you, your children and your children’s children forever. Choose wisely!
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