Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 30:11-31:29
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
God told His people that the commandment He gave them to love the LORD with all their heart and soul was not too hard for them. Rather, God promised that His Word was very near them, in their hearts and minds. In other words, God said that His Spirit at work in His Word would empower His people to love and obey Him. God made their choices perfectly clear—life and good or death and evil. By loving and obeying God they would experience the good life God intended for them through every blessing He promised. This meant living in a covenant relationship with God, loving Him, obeying Him and holding fast to him (that is, trusting Him). However, if they broke His covenant and disobeyed Him commands, forsaking their faith, then death and destruction would result. "Therefore, choose life, that you and your offspring my live" (Deuteronomy 30:19). Just as God had chosen Moses, so also He now chose Joshua to complete the task of bringing God's chosen people into possession of the Promised Land. God told them to be strong and courageous, and not to fear. When we hold fast to God we can be unafraid in the face of any enemy. God's people were commanded to read the whole Law which God gave them through Moses every seven years. God wanted His Spirit to be at work through His Word in the hearts of His people. Moses told the Levites: "Take this Book of the Law and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against you." To this day, witnesses take an oath before God, swearing on His Word to tell the truth.