1 “Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, 2 and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.
One of the most wonderful things about the Lord is the way He allows us to return to Him. Notice that God acknowledges that they will receive blessings and curses, in other words, that they would be disobedient and yet He says He will take them back. The only sin that cannot be forgiven is a total rejection of the Lord until death, however until that time, He is ever waiting, with outstretched arms for us to come to Him.
11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off.
I love this verse! The only reason God’s word is hard to understand, is because we don’t know the Lord or we don’t want to understand it. He has given all believers the Holy Spirit in order that we might have a teacher with us always to teach us the ways of God.
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
Man has absolutely no excuse for his own condemnation, God has given him the choice and if he chooses to reject the truth, it is solely his fault.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
We will see this exhortation expressed over and over again in the Bible, and it is a good one to take heart to. There is much to be afraid of in this world, if it were not so, it would not be necessary to be encouraged to not be afraid. However, the Lord is with us…the Lord is with us, and He will never leave or forsake us. Praise the Lord!
Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully observe all the words of this law,
This is a beautiful picture of what we do on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s, gather to hear how we must serve and fear the Lord. What a joy that is!
Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it.
This was the equivalent of a narcotic, or sedative to numb the excruciating pain of crucifixion. Jesus would not take anything that would lessen the pain of taking the sin of the world upon Himself, to the fullest extent. What tremendous love Jesus has for the world.
So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”
There comes a time, sooner or later, when everyone will acknowledge Jesus as the ‘Son of God’ (Philippians 2:9-11). Hopefully it will be sooner!