Return to the LORD God. Choose life or death.
VERSE 1. It shall happen, when all these things have come on you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God has driven you,
when all these things have come on you. Moses is not speaking in the hypothetical. He is saying these things will happen, both the blessing and the curse.
VERSE 2. and return to the LORD your God and obey his voice according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul,
VERSE 3. that then the LORD your God will release you from captivity, have compassion on you, and will return and gather you from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you.
release you from captivity. Moses speaks as if their captivity is certain.
VERSE 4. If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there he will bring you back.
the LORD your God will gather you. There will be a great regathering.
VERSE 5. The LORD your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you will possess it. He will do you good, and increase your numbers more than your fathers.
VERSE 6. The LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your offspring, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
The LORD your God will circumcise your heart. Saint Paul talked about this:
Romans 2:28. For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh;
Romans 2:29. but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.
that you may live. The lORD God will circumcise their hearts, so they may live.
live. The Hebrew word is חַיֶּֽיךָ (“ḥay·ye·ḵā”). It means alive, living.
VERSE 7. The LORD your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.
VERSE 8. You shall return and obey the LORD’s voice, and do all his commandments which I command you today.
obey the LORD’s voice. Even in their day, they knew the voice of the LORD.
In later centuries, the prophet Elijah was up on Mount Horeb. There, he would describe encounter voice of the LORD as a still small voice:
1 Kings 19:11b. Behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
1 Kings 19:12. After the earthquake a fire passed; but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire, there was a still small voice.
VERSE 9. The LORD your God will make you prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, for good; for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good, as he rejoiced over your fathers,
The LORD your God will make you prosperous. The LORD God can easily do a miracle that will supernaturally change our lives and make us prosperous.
However, we observe that in many cases, he seems to simply bless the work of our own hands.
VERSE 10. if you will obey the LORD your God’s voice, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this scroll of the Torah; if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
not too hard for you. Listening to the LORD God and acting upon his words is not too difficult. We can do it.
VERSE 12. It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up for us to heaven, bring it to us, and proclaim it to us, that we may do it?”
Romans 10:6. But the righteousness which is of faith says this, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down);
VERSE 13. Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who will go over the sea for us, bring it to us, and proclaim it to us, that we may do it?”
Romans 10:7. or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.)”
Romans 10:8. But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart;” that is, the word of faith which we preach:
VERSE 15. Behold, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and evil.
VERSE 16. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his ordinances, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you go in to possess it.
VERSE 17. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away and worship other gods, and serve them,
VERSE 18. I declare to you today that you will surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you pass over the Jordan to go in to possess it.
VERSE 19. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your descendants,
KJV translation. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
VERSE 20. to love the LORD your God, to obey his voice, and to cling to him; for he is your life, and the length of your days, that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
to obey his voice. The first step is to listen. We are to listen to the LORD God.
Then the second step is to do. We are to act upon his voice. We are to put it into practice.
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