Deuteronomy 28-30

Thursday Evening Bible Study

January 20, 2011


Do people see Jesus? Is the gospel preached? Does it speak to the broken hearted? Does it build up the church? Milk – Meat – Manna Preach for a decision

The name Deuteronomy means “second law”. It’s God’s “review” for the people to make sure they understand His ways before they go into the land.

Deuteronomy 28

28:1-14 Blessings of Obedience

:1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

:2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:

:2 all these blessings shall … overtake you

This is a promise again for Israel, but there is a sense in which it can apply to any nation.

(Pr 14:34 NKJV) Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.

I like the idea of God’s blessings “overtaking” me.

There was but a brief time in my life when girls actually chased me. It was in first grade. Even though there was a part of you that was running for your life, there was a part of you that was glad to get caught.

God’s blessings will “overtake” us when we are walking in obedience to the Lord.


Blessings and obedience

Last week we talked about learning to ask God to bless us.
(Dt 26:15 NKJV) Look down from Your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel …
There is a sense in which God’s blessings on our lives come from His grace – He gives us what we don’t deserve.  We just ask.
There is also a sense in which God does promise to “bless” us as a result of our obedience.
Sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking that it’s not “worth it” to obey the Lord. The unbeliever thinks that being a “Christian” means not having any “fun”.
But in the long run, you are WAY AHEAD by following the Lord. You may not have the blessings of hangovers or venereal disease, but you will have God’s blessings.
I remember talking to a friend who used to go to church, but has gotten very far from God.

He used to tell me how jealous he was of me that I lived in a nice house and had a nice family. He lives with his mom, was in ill health, and was living on the edge of poverty, spending all his disability checks on alcohol.

Why am I so blessed and he’s kind of not?

At least partly because of obedience. I’ve never spent a nickel on alcohol or illegal drugs. I’ve stayed married to the same woman for 33 years so I don’t have to worry about alimony or child support.  I’ve tried to raise my sons to know and follow the Lord.  So far so good.

I’m not speaking out of pride. I’m not sure I’d say that those actions have “earned” me a blessing, but look at all the money I’ve saved by doing at least some things correctly.

:3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

:4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

:5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

:6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

:6 come in … go out

Might refer to going in and out of a person’s house. Might refer to a city.

Whatever you do, wherever you go, you will be blessed.

:7 “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

:7 defeated before your face


Obedience and Victory

We all struggle with various battles in our lives.
We will not always be “victorious” in every struggle, but a major component to consistent victory is obedience.
God can help us. The Holy Spirit can help us.
But when we are not doing the things we should be, we shouldn’t blame God for our defeat.
There was once was a man on a diet who prayed, “Lord, if you don’t want me to go get donuts, then don’t let there be any parking spots at the donut shop.” But sure enough he had to give in to the donuts because when he got there, there was a parking spot right in front of the door … after his twentieth time around the block.
Victory over the donuts doesn’t come from making deals like that with God. Victory over donuts comes from not going to the donut shop. That’s “obedience”.
Truth be told, sometimes instead of fighting to do the right things, we actually find ourselves fighting for the wrong things.
Play “Office Krispy Kreme”
A more consistent victory over the battles of life comes from a life that is learning obedience.

:8 “The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

:9 “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.

:10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.

:11 And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.

:12 The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

:12 rain

In an ancient economy that depended on agriculture, rain was the thing that made for prosperity.  Drought brought economic disaster.

:12 lend … not borrow

It’s interesting how God’s promised of blessing involved lending and borrowing.

It makes you wonder about our own nation and our huge economic debt, even borrowing from other nations like China.

:13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

:14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

28:15-68 Curses of Disobedience

:15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

:16 “Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country.

:17 “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

:18 “Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

:19 “Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.

:16-19 Cursed shall you be

The mirror opposite of the promised blessings of 28:3-6.

:20 “The LORD will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.

:21 The LORD will make the plague cling to you until He has consumed you from the land which you are going to possess.

:21 until He has consumed you

It may look like God is out to destroy you.

But hold on to the end of the study.  God has a reason for these kinds of difficulties.

:22 The LORD will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.

:23 And your heavens which are over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you shall be iron.

:24 The LORD will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.

:23 heavens … shall be bronze

From time to time you will hear Christians use this phrase as a way of describing what it’s like for God to not answer prayers.

They will make it sound as if your prayers bounce off of heaven because they can’t get through the “bronze” barrier.
It’s not a bad picture really, but I’m not sure it’s what the text is talking about.

Keep in mind the context – it’s talking about a lack of rain. Bronze and iron are descriptions of a land without water where the ground has grown hard.

:25 “The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth.

:25 The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies

Is this a cause for concern for America? I pray that we as a nation would continue to do the right things and fight the right fights. But when we as a nation no longer acknowledge God nor walk in His ways, I become concerned that we may be heading down a dark alley.

Pray for our nation. Pray for our President. Pray for our troops.

:26 Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and no one shall frighten them away.

:27 The LORD will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed.

:27 the boils of Egypt

The old life that we left behind.

It’s a sad thing when a Christian falls back into sin and ends up reaping the consequences of alcoholism, STDs, gambling debts, etc.

God doesn’t promise to protect you from these things because you are a Christian. In fact, it seems to me that Christians tend to get caught quicker than non-Christians.

:28 The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart.

:29 And you shall grope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness; you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you.

:30 “You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but shall not gather its grapes.

:31 Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be violently taken away from before you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have no one to rescue them.

:32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all day long; and there shall be no strength in your hand.

:33 A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually.

:34 So you shall be driven mad because of the sight which your eyes see.

:35 The LORD will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.

:36 “The LORD will bring you and the king whom you set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods—wood and stone.

:37 And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations where the LORD will drive you.

:36 there you shall serve other gods

We see this prophetically being fulfilled several times in the nation’s history.

In 722 BC the northern tribes were conquered by the Assyrian empire and hauled off to foreign lands.
In 586 BC the southern kingdom was conquered by the Babylonian empire and hauled off to Babylon for seventy years.

Why? Because they had forsaken God.


God will let you

These things happened because the people wanted to follow after other “gods”. God would let them.
If someone continues to live after the things of the world, there can come a day when God will let them experience all that they are craving.
It won’t be a pleasant thing, it will be a horrible thing.
It reminds me of the story (Num. 11) in the wilderness when the people began to get tired of the heavenly “manna”, they complained they wanted meat to eat.
God gave them more quail to eat than they could have imagined, along with a plague.
They called that place “Kibroth Hattaavah” (“Graves of Greediness”). They got what they asked for.

:38-52 More Curses

There are warnings about all sorts of horrible things that will happen as a result of walking away from God’s ways.

:38 “You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for the locust shall consume it.

:39 You shall plant vineyards and tend them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.

:40 You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off.

:41 You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity.

:42 Locusts shall consume all your trees and the produce of your land.

:43 “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower.

:44 He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

:45 “Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.

:46 And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever.

:47 “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything,

:47 you did not serve the LORD your God with joy

(Deu 28:47 NLT)  Because you have not served the LORD your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received,



(Ps 100:2 NKJV) Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
God is concerned not just that we serve Him, but that we learn to serve Him with the right heart.
Be careful here – God is not like some stern mother telling you to eat your vegetables and that you better learn to like it!!!
This is all about the heart – checking your attitude.
If you are lacking joy in serving the Lord, there is something wrong.  It’s what Jesus’ concern was for the church at Ephesus that was so good at serving the Lord.

(Re 2:4 NKJV) —4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Serving without the right attitude is a waste of time.
(1 Co 13:3 NKJV) And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

:48 therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.

:48 yoke of iron

A yoke was a picture of slavery, labor, an ox pulling a plow at the command of the master.

Just before the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, one of the false prophets made a prediction that the Babylonians would go away.  Jeremiah had been wearing a yoke made of wood as a way of displaying that the people were going to be in bondage to the Babylonians.  One of the prophets took Jeremiah’s yoke and broke it, proclaiming that the people would soon be free.  God gave Jeremiah a message:

(Je 28:13–14 NKJV) —13 “Go and tell Hananiah, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made in their place yokes of iron.” 14 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him. I have given him the beasts of the field also.” ’ ”
God was telling the people that they weren’t going to get out of the bondage they were heading into.  They wouldn’t be able to break what was about to happen.

:49 The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand,

:50 a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young.

:51 And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you.

:51 they shall eat the increase

Not only would this be fulfilled with the Assyrians and Babylonians, but during the time of the Judges Israel was often attacked by various nations and their crops were plundered.

When Gideon fought against the Midianites (Judg. 6), this happened.

:52 “They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the LORD your God has given you.

:53 You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you.

:54 The sensitive and very refined man among you will be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind,

:55 so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.

:56 The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, will refuse to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter,

:57 her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.

:53 eat the fruit of your own body


Our Wickedness

God promises that there would be times when an enemy would lay siege to a city, cutting off all trade and resources, forcing the city into famine.
The famine would grow so severe that people would resort to cannibalism, even eating their own children.
We have a record of this happening to the city of Samaria when the city was under siege, and two prostitutes asked the king for help:
(2 Ki 6:28–31 NKJV) 28 Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you?” And she answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ 29 So we boiled my son, and ate him. And I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him’; but she has hidden her son.” 30 Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he tore his clothes; and as he passed by on the wall, the people looked, and there underneath he had sackcloth on his body. 31 Then he said, “God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on him today!”

It’s interesting that the king responded to the horrible news of cannibalism by blaming the prophet Elisha. Elisha had been warning the king and encouraging the kingdom to turn back to God.

The truth is, there is no limit to the depths of depravity that we can fall into when we are away from the Lord.

:58-65 More curses

It goes on and on, the terrible things that will happen…

:58 “If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD,

:59 then the LORD will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues—great and prolonged plagues—and serious and prolonged sicknesses.

:60 Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.

:61 Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the LORD bring upon you until you are destroyed.

:62 You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.

:63 And it shall be, that just as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess.

:64 “Then the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known—wood and stone.

:65 And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the LORD will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul.

:66 Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life.

:67 In the morning you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were morning!’ because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because of the sight which your eyes see.

:68 “And the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, ‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”

:68 back to Egypt

They will end up back in Egypt where they started. Josephus tells us this happened in AD 70 when Rome wiped out Israel.

In AD 70, it was again a time for judgment, and the Romans leveled what remained of the Jewish nation.  At that time, according to Josephus, many were taken in slavery and transported in “ships” to “Egypt”.

Deuteronomy 29

29:1-29 Renewing the Covenant

:1 These are the words of the covenant which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He made with them in Horeb.

:1 besides the covenant … Horeb

Horeb is the other name for Mt. Sinai. They people had already made a “covenant”, a “contract” with God at Mount Sinai. It’s time to renew the contract.

:2 Now Moses called all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land—

:3 the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders.

:4 Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.

:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet.

:6 You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.

:7 And when you came to this place, Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan came out against us to battle, and we conquered them.

:8 We took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh.

:9 Therefore keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.

:4 a heart to perceive

Even though the people had seen the amazing things that God had done both in Egypt and in the wilderness, there was still a sense in which they didn’t “get it”.

Paul quotes this to talk about how many Israelites don’t “get it”.

(Ro 11:8 NKJV) Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.”
Salvation doesn’t come by being born Jewish. It comes from a heart that is open to God.

:10 “All of you stand today before the LORD your God: your leaders and your tribes and your elders and your officers, all the men of Israel,

:11 your little ones and your wives—also the stranger who is in your camp, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water—

:12 that you may enter into covenant with the LORD your God, and into His oath, which the LORD your God makes with you today,

:13 that He may establish you today as a people for Himself, and that He may be God to you, just as He has spoken to you, and just as He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

:14 “I make this covenant and this oath, not with you alone,

:15 but with him who stands here with us today before the LORD our God, as well as with him who is not here with us today

:15 as well as with him who is not here with us today

This contract was to not just be with those standing present on that day, but with future generations as well.

:16 (for you know that we dwelt in the land of Egypt and that we came through the nations which you passed by,

:17 and you saw their abominations and their idols which were among them—wood and stone and silver and gold);

:17 you saw their abominations


Danger at the eye-gate.

The Israelites would be facing all kinds of temptations because they had and will be exposed to the different perversions of the surrounding nations.
Over and over God warns them not to go after the gods of the other nations, nor to do the things that they did.
One of the ways we are tempted starts by what comes through the eyes.
(Ge 3:6 NKJV) So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Sometimes you can’t avoid what you see. Sometimes you just can’t avoid the things in the world.

But sometimes you can.

Don’t expose yourself to more of the world than you need to be exposed to. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to stop sinning, but you can at least cheat your flesh from finding more ways to sin.

I worry about our nation when we’ve opened up the floodgates of the internet that allow us to “see” whatever we want.
When a guy looks at pornography, it’s like pumping air into a balloon.  You keep pumping in air, something’s going to happen, something’s going to explode.  Stop putting air into the balloon.
Why are we so surprised at some of the wicked things that go on in this world when we have exposed ourselves to so much evil?

:18 so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations, and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood;

:19 and so it may not happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall have peace, even though I follow the dictates of my heart’— as though the drunkard could be included with the sober.

:20 “The LORD would not spare him; for then the anger of the LORD and His jealousy would burn against that man, and every curse that is written in this book would settle on him, and the LORD would blot out his name from under heaven.

:18 root bearing bitterness or wormwood


No excuses

The idea here is that sometimes we allow things like bitterness to be our excuse as to why God’s Word does not apply to us.
The person hears about God’s ways, but decides he doesn’t have to do it for some reason, and his life is doing just fine.
We think that we are justified by doing the things we do because of some horrible thing or tragedy that has made us bitter.
As the needle jumped up to 80 mph, he suddenly saw flashing red and blue lights behind him. “There’s no way they can catch a Porsche,” he thought to himself and opened her up further. The needle hit 90, 100.... Then the reality of the situation hit him. “What am I doing?” he thought and pulled over. The cop came up to him, took his license without a word and examined it and the car. “It’s been a long day, this is the end of my shift and it’s Friday the 13th. I don’t feel like more paperwork, so if you can give me an excuse for your driving that I haven’t heard before, you can go.” The guy thinks for a second and says, “Last week my wife ran off with a cop. I was afraid you were trying to give her back!” “Have a nice weekend,” said the officer...
It’s not an uncommon thing for people to blame their “spouse”.
We see this same language in the book of Hebrews:
(Heb 12:14–17 NKJV) —14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

Esau’s “excuse” to sell his birthright was that he was hungry.

The point is that you are not “off the hook” because of your bitterness or your excuses.
You are just as accountable to God as the person next to you.

:21 And the LORD would separate him from all the tribes of Israel for adversity, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this Book of the Law,

:22 so that the coming generation of your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, would say, when they see the plagues of that land and the sicknesses which the LORD has laid on it:

:23 ‘The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His anger and His wrath.’

:24 All nations would say, ‘Why has the LORD done so to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?’

:25 Then people would say: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt;

:26 for they went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods that they did not know and that He had not given to them.

:27 Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against this land, to bring on it every curse that is written in this book.

:28 And the LORD uprooted them from their land in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.’

:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

(Dt 29:29 NLT) —29 “The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.

We are accountable for what we know.

Deuteronomy 30

30:1-20 Turning Around

:1 “Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God drives you,

:2 and you 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,

:3 that the LORD your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the LORD your God has scattered you.

:4 If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you.

:5 Then the LORD your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.

:6 And 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, that you may live.

:2 you return to the LORD your God


Just come back

There are times when God disciplines us, allowing us to go through hard times because of our sins. He doesn’t do this to punish us, but to get us to come back to Him, to get us to turn away from our sin.
The whole goal of these “curses” is to bring God’s people back to Him.
We see an example of this fulfilled in the life of the prophet Daniel. He had been studying the writings of Jeremiah while in Babylon, and began to see the bigger picture of why his people were in captivity in a foreign land.
Daniel saw this (Dan. 9) and responded in prayer. He asked God for forgiveness.
(Da 9:3–5 NKJV) —3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.
It is shortly after this that the Jews are allowed to return to Jerusalem and rebuild.
Have you received your “wakeup” call? It’s time to turn around. It’s time to seek the Lord.

:7 “Also the LORD your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.

:8 And you will again obey the voice of the LORD and do all His commandments which I command you today.

:9 The LORD your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the LORD will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers,

:10 if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

:11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off.

:12 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?’

:13 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?’

:14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.

:14 the word is very near you

God’s ideas for us are not some mysterious thing that requires great feats of courage to acquire or brilliant minds to understand.

It’s right in front of you.


Salvation by faith

Paul quotes this passage and puts a little twist on it to talk about how we find salvation.
Paul makes it clear that for a person to be saved by the Law of Moses, they had to have perfect obedience to all its commands.  Jesus is the only one who was ever able to accomplish this, and by our believing in Jesus, we will find ourselves “right” with God.
(Ro 10:4–10 NLT) —4 For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God. 5 For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands.6 But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven’ (to bring Christ down to earth).7 And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead’ (to bring Christ back to life again).”
Paul uses the same language but points out that Jesus has already done these things (having lived in heaven and having been raised from the dead).
(Ro 10:8–10 NLT) 8 In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach:9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
Jesus has already done the hard, even impossible work, for us. All we need to do now is to believe in Jesus.

:15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,

:16 in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.

:17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them,

:18 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.

:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses 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;

:20 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.”

:19 I have set before you life and death

Even though we no longer need to keep the Law perfectly to be saved (we need to believe in Jesus), there is an eternal principle that still applies.


God’s ways are best

The world wants you to think that it has some ideas that are better than God’s, but it’s not the truth.