Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 27:1-28:14
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
In America lately there has been significant controversy over displays of the Ten Commandments on courthouse grounds and in school classrooms. Nevertheless, a significant display of God's Law was exactly what He commanded Israel to create on Mount Ebal using stones coated with plaster that would have God's Law written in it. In a dramatic recital of the choices before them, Moses commanded half of the tribes to stand on Mount Gerizim pronouncing blessings, while the other half of the tribes were to stand on Mount Ebal pronouncing curses. What follows then, are the curses and blessings available to Israel depending on whether or not they will trust and obey God. A powerful "Amen" from all the people was to follow each curse. The curses began with the sin of idolatry and ended with disobedience to God's Law. The blessings, on the other hand, begin with a promise: "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God." How gracious God was to make Israel's choice so easy. Love and obey God and blessings will follow. Choose idols and disobey God and curses will follow. The choices are still the same for God's people today.