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September 26, 2019 by directorfsm

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Why would anyone not choose a blessing over a curse? I mean seriously this proclamation, to the people of Israel, from God seems simple enough one would think after this it is a done deal they will all follow God. Ah, read the Book, not so much.

Let us first look at this verse in it’s entire context (.v11-20):

“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[a] 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,[b] 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.”

Note the following:

  • In verse 11 God says this commandment is not too hard for you {us}.
  • The commandment is not in heaven, nor far way (v.12-13)
  • The commandment is in fact is very near you {us}, It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you {we} can do it.
  • The contrast set before us is good life vs. evil death (v.15)
  • Good life a blessed life from God requires us to obey the commandments of the Lord your {our} God..by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules. (.v16)
  • The consequences for disobedience are severe, eternal damnation (.v18)

So what make it seem that so many choose death? Well first off whom is it that does the choosing initially man or God? If you answered God you are correct. The bible makes it abundantly clear that it is God who chooses whom He will (John 6:44, Ephesians 1:3-4Romans 8:29-30). I could go on but you get the point.

It is not the high and mighty that God regularly chooses either 1 Corinthians 1:27, But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong John 11:25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children. 

So what is it that keeps man from realizing the truth Romans 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse when he is confronted with it?  I believe Paul summarizes it well in Romans 11:7-10  What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.” And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; 10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.”

It is man’s sin nature (depravity) our hard hearts that keeps us from recognizing the on true sovereign Triune God. As I have said many times John 3:19 we love the dark side to much and are afraid to leave the fleshly pleasures it seems to provide.  Even to the point of being cursed to Eternal Damnation. 

If the Holy Spirit is pricking at your heart strings today, I urge you to repent and be blessed by making Jesus Christ Lord of your life.

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