God has offered humanity opportunity after opportunity to stay in the goodness of His grace (blessings) and what has humanity done? Decline, debate and deny what God said was not what God meant when He offered this or that. A covenant in its simplest form is an agreement, a mutually beneficial agreement between two consenting parties. I do not know about you, but I rejoice in the fact that God Almighty loves me so much that He is willing to enter into an agreement of any kind with me. Our covenant, God and I, certainly has been beneficial, and that is exactly how He wants it for every single human being.
Moses calls a convocation, an attendance is mandatory meeting with the Children of Israel, the captains of the tribes, the elders and officers, children and mothers, as well as, the strangers and servants. The purpose of the meeting is to renew the covenant God made with them in Moab. God had agreed to be their god and to make them His people, “If” they would obey His commandments and walk in His way. Guess what? Just as we do today, some declined, others debated and more than a few outright deny themselves spiritual prosperity and choose spiritual poverty (curses) than obey. We want everything on our terms or we do not want it.
Many of you reading this have heard the story of how the Children of Israel wandered in the desert for forty years after refusing to obey God. But our God is such a kind and forgiving God that He is willing to give them another chance, they had used the second chance a long time ago. God chose to renew the covenant with three original survivors of the Exodus and the descendants of those that were lost due to their disobedience. After laying out the options before the Israelites at Mount Ebal and Mount Gerazim, God now says, “Choose.” I have given you the rules, terms and conditions, Choose!
“But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it” (Deuteronomy 30:14). God by His grace, speaking through Moses makes clear the consequences of these choices. Life or death, blessings or curses, plain and simple, black and white. It should not have taken a great deal of imagination or intelligence, for them or us, to understand how terrible the curses or how wonderful the blessings would be. The survivors had seen first-hand the curse of death for disobeying the word of God, as well as, God’s provisions of manna from heaven and water from a rock in the desert.
Four thousand and five-hundred years later, we ought to see the alternative clearly before us, just as the children of Israel should have. It begs the question; what could explain humanity’s willingness to continue to choose the curses? One conceivable answer, although not necessarily rational, is that we either do not truly believe God or we do not take Him serious. We assume the blessings will not be that good or the curses will not be that bad. I have read the Bible from cover to cover and there are more than enough examples, when God says “cursed be” He means curse, and when He says “I will bless you” you are blessed indeed.
“I call heaven and earth to record and this day against you, that I have set before you, life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30: 19). There are consequences and repercussions for every action we take, some immediate and others long-term, but let there be no doubt, God is an excellent record keeper; “every man must give an account according to his works.” All Scripture and Gospel were written for our instruction. We must learn to take God at His Word. Period. No if, and, or but, the time has come. Choose.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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- Balaam Extols Israel. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)