Deuteronomy 29

Deuteronomy 29 has Moses standing before the people saying “These are the words of the covenant that the Lord commanded Moses to make with the people of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant that he had made with them at Horeb”.  God made an initial covenant with the people many years ago at Mt Horeb, but now as they prepare to enter the Promised Land, He is making another as part of their entry.  Moses “summoned all Israel” to come and hear God’s words, not just the leaders and elders, but every man, woman and child in the land.  It is a big deal!

Moses explains where they are – somewhat lost about what God is promising.  “But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear”.  God has not revealed His covenant since the days 40 years ago or more when He made the first one with His people.  Moses reminds them “I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet. You have not eaten bread, and you have not drunk wine or strong drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God”.

That is a pretty amazing testimony of faithfulness from God.  They live in the wilderness for over 40 years without wearing out their clothes or shoes, and without going hungry or thirsty.  God has been faithful.  Moses now exhorts the people to “keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do”.  It all comes down to obedience.  God is offering an eternal covenant to His chosen people.  He wants to set them apart but they have to do their part and keep the covenant with Him.

If they do, He will “establish you today as his people, and that he may be your God, as he promised you, and as he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob”.  God is just carrying out what He promised long ago.  There is a catch.  The blessing of the covenant is tied to sticking with it and walking in obedience.  God says that if things fall apart and His anger comes out “It is because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord”.  A covenant is a promise between God and His people where both sides need to execute and fulfill the requirements.  God always does.  The question is – will we?

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