Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Deuteronomy at a Glance

As Israel is about to go into the land of Canaan to possess it as He swore to the Fathers (Deut 1:8; 6:3, 10, 18-23; 8:1; cf. Gen 12:1-3, 7; 13:13-17; 15:7, 18; 17:8; 28:13-14; 35:12; 50:24), Yahweh graciously proclaims again to Israel all His gracious dealings with them since the time of the patriarchs (Deut 2:7; 3:22; 4:7; 5:15; 7:17-19; 8:14-18; 23:14; 31:3-8), as well as the Light of the revelation of Himself in His Law (Deut 4:24, 35, 37; 6:4; 7:6-7, 9-10).

He presents to Israel all the blessings for loving and serving Him in faithfulness (Deut 4:40; 5:29; 6:24-25; 7:13-14; 11:13-15; 15:4-6, 10; 16:15; 24:19; 28:1-2), as well as all the curses for deserting Him to serve other gods (Deut 4:25-27; 8:19-20; 11:16-17; 18:20; 27:14-26; 28:15; 29:27-28; 31:17-18).

And even though it is plainly revealed that Israel will fall away into blasphemy, idolatry, and perverse sin (Deut 31:16), Yahweh even now reveals New Covenant blessings in the promise of a new heart for a remnant of His people which He will gather to Himself and from whom He will get what He is worthy of (see below; cf. Jer 30-33; Ezek 36):

So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the LORD your God has banished you, and you return to the LORD your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the LORD your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you.
If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. The LORD your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.
Moreover 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, so that you may live. The LORD your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. And you shall again obey the LORD, and observe all His commandments which I command you today.
Then the LORD your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your ground, for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers.

- Deuteronomy 30:1-9 -

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