Deuteronomy 30 Commentary

Deuteronomy 30 Commentary

If there is change of heart, the LORD would restore them. We can see the generosity of the LORD in this promise. Moses is speaking prophetically but importantly as a man who has seen history unfold. History is laid bare before him. He can see Israel default but he can also see the possibility of restoration.

Circumcision would be circumcision of the heart. Then the LORD would rain showers of blessings on the repentant community. The promise to make them more numerous than their ancestors is a reference to the blessing of increase. The land would not fail but produce abundantly. The blessing of prosperity is further highlighted by the success of agricultural activities.

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.
Deuteronomy 30 verse 11.

So in view of Deuteronomy 28, we can all see the options.

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.
Deuteronomy 30 verse 15.

On one side is life. On the other side is death and destruction. The exam is simple. The test is passable. The options have been fully unpacked in chapter 28. What is your choice?

Moses has a piece of advice: choose life.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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