One New Year’s Eve at London’s Garrick Club, British dramatist Frederick Lonsdale was asked by Symour Hicks to reconcile himself with a fellow member. The two had quarreled in the past and never restored their friendship. “You must,” Hicks said to Lonsdale. &quo … More
Moses reminds Israel that they are not naive concerning idolatry (vv. 16-18).They had seen it in Egypt and then had fallen into idolatry along the way to the promised land. Because of this they should watch out for this sin when they entered the promised land and faced new temptations. Judgement would come not only on the one who introduced idolatry but also on the whole nation because they allowed themselves to be swept away by the false worship.
Moses cautioned that the day the Israelites chose to turn from God, a root would be planted that would produce bitterness (v. 18). When we decide to do what we know is wrong, we plant an evil seed that begins to grow out of control, yielding a crop of sorrow and pain. However we can prevent these seeds of sin from taking root. When we do something wrong we need to confess it to God and others immediately (I Jn. 1:9). If the seed never finds fertile soil, its bitter fruit will never ripen.
Just as the obedience or disobedience of that Israelite generation had a great effect on those not yet born so will this be true of me today.
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Deuteronomy 26:1-19Offering of First Fruits And Thanksgiving
Deuteronomy 27:1-26Curses For Disobedience
Deuteronomy 28:1-19Blessing For Obedience
Deuteronomy 28:20-48Curses for Disobedience
Deuteronomy 28:49-68The Consequences of Disobedience
Deuteronomy 29:1-15The Palestinian Covenant Renewed
Deuteronomy 29:16-29The Curses For Disobedience
Deuteronomy 30:1-14Promised Blessing After Israel’s Repentance
Deuteronomy 30:15-20Obedience Brings Life
Deuteronomy 31:1-13Joshua Commissioned by Moses
Deuteronomy 31:14-30Joshua Commissioned by The Lord
Deuteronomy 32:1-14A Faithful God And a Corrupt People
Deuteronomy 32:15-33The Lord’s Judgment on Israel
Deuteronomy 32:34-52Preparation For Moses Death