He’s Faithful, So Be Faithful
Read Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (ESV)
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Notice that Moses set before the people a choice in today’s verses that had serious consequences. We are also presented with a life and death choice. How can we choose life and blessing?
Imagine that you are old and full of years but you have the opportunity to gather your entire family around to hear your last words. What would you want to tell them before you pass the torch of faith to the next generation?
Moses was graciously given that opportunity. The fifth book of the Bible and the final book of the Pentateuch, Deuteronomy, records the last words of the great leader, Moses, to the people of Israel. He was 120 years old, and he had seen enough history to know that the people of Israel were always just one generation away from deserting the Lord their God and the faith of their fathers. So Moses’ final farewell calls the Israelites to remember God’s faithfulness and to be faithful to Him.
Deuteronomy is broken up into three sermons. The first sermon focuses on God’s faithfulness in the past. Moses recounted everything that God had done to establish the people of Israel. When we left off in the book of Numbers, the old, unfaithful generation had died off during the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and a new generation was poised to enter the Promised Land. So Moses reminded the people not to forget two very important things.
First, they needed to remember that when they were successful and prospered in the land, it was because God was faithful to them and fought their battles for them. God was the sole reason for their success! Second, they should never forget what happened to the generation before. Disobedience to God always leads to discipline from God. The previous generation had missed out on the best that God had for them because they didn’t trust Him enough to obey Him. Moses wanted them to learn those important lessons from Israel’s past.
The second sermon is found in chapters 4 to 26. Here, Moses reviewed the laws that he had given to the people from the Lord in the book of Leviticus. Following God’s laws was crucial in order for the people to be in good standing with Him. In the third sermon, found in chapters 27-34, Moses laid out a series of blessings for obedience to God’s law and curses for disobedience to God’s law. As he wrapped up his sermon, the Lord commanded Moses to renew the covenant that He had made with the people. Joshua is also named Moses’ successor. Then, at the very end of the book, we read about the death of Moses (probably recorded by Joshua).
In today’s verses, Moses set before the people a choice. They could choose life by choosing to follow God and obey Him, which would result in blessings from the Lord. Or, they could break His laws and follow after other gods, the consequences of which would be curses and death. He urged them to choose to life in the Lord!
You may be wondering if we can find the Scarlet Thread of redemption in the book of Deuteronomy. The answer is yes and it is in the person of Moses himself. Moses is considered a “type” of Christ. That means he is a symbol who represents the future Christ in some way. Moses pointed ahead to Christ because, like Christ, he was a prophet, a priest, and ruler. Like Christ, he delivered and saved his people. Like Christ, he interceded for them and mediated between them and God. In Deuteronomy 18:16-19, Moses prophesied that a Prophet like himself would be raised up among them. We see the prophecy fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Friends, God has set before all of us a choice. We can either choose life in Christ or reject Him, thereby choosing death. I urge you, if you haven’t already, make a choice to follow Christ and choose life today! In the pages of Scripture, we see that He has been faithful. Think back over the course of your life and you’ll see that He has been faithful. He is worthy of our trust and full obedience. Because He’s proven faithful, choose to be faithful to Him.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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