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Deuteronomy 30 (ESV)


The Choice of Life and Death

11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither 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. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.


15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 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, 20 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.”



The commitment God asks us to make to him is like the wedding ceremony.  Wedding comes after months or years of gradually coming to know, to appreciate, to love each other and to want to spend lives together.   Then the two plan a wedding to announce to all that they have decided to cleave only to each other, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do them part.  However, this is only the beginning of a lifetime of making choices shaped by the fact that two people stood side by side and committed themselves to one another.  For then.  And forever.  It’s this kind of ceremony that is in view in this chapter.  Moses calls on the new generation to make a life-shaping decision, to choose life with him, and then to carry out that commitment the rest of their lives.

We need to realize that our initial relationship with Jesus is intended to grow and deepen to the point at which we too realize, “I want to commit my life to this person who loves me.”

Will I commit myself fully to God, realizing that this decision will shape my choices for the rest of my life?



Whom have I in heaven but you?   And earth has nothing I desire besides you. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. (Ps 73:25, John 6:68)