In Deuteronomy, Moses prepares the Israelites for the entrance into Canaan. Moses reminded the nation of Israel of their Covenant with God. Moses gives a speech to the Isrealites that spells out what will happen if the Isrealites obeyed the commands of God and what would would happen if they disobeyed God. This list of blessings and curses is in Deuteronomy 28.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. Deuteronomy 30:19
God gives us the right to choose. God wants His creation to choose life and blessings. The way to do this is through Jesus Christ. However, God doesn’t force His creation to choose Him. He leaves that choice to us. But, He also warns what will happen if we fail to make the right choice. We can choose between life and death or blessings and curses. God tells us what choice to make and what will happen if we don’t make that choice. God says, “Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” That means, if we don’t choose life, then we choose death. If we choose not to follow Jesus, then the consequence is death.
However, when we choose to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then the blessing is eternal life.
Deuteronomy makes it clear that when we obey God, we reap the many blessings that God has in store for us. It also makes it crystal clear that when we disobey God, there are many curses in store for us. However, the lesson of Deuteronomy extends beyond blessings and curses in this life on Earth. But, the lesson to be learned also is that God’s way not only leads to blessings on Earth, but eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Now Choose Life!