About God’s Way
The Bible was written so that we could learn about God’s Way (2 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 22:29). The Old Testament was a specific era under The Law of Moses, but it still shows us principles for today’s era, and we can learn about God from it.
We can be forever free from His condemnation. That only happens through believing in the name of Jesus and accepting His forgiveness in sincerity and truth. Have you been born again, set free from sin?
- their “heart turns away… from the Lord our God” (v18)
- they… “go and serve the [false] gods of these nations” (v18)
- they have “a root [of idolatry] bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood (bitterness)” (v18)
- “he [a]imagines himself as blessed, saying, ‘I will have peace and safety even though I walk within the stubbornness of my heart [rejecting God and His law] (v19)
BIBLEGATEWAY FOOTNOTE [a]: the renegade imagines that the agreement is one-sided, requiring God to bless him no matter what he does.
This article is based on this passage:
14 “It is not with you alone that I am making this covenant and this oath, 15 but with those [future Israelites] who are not here with us today, as well as with those who stand here with us today in the presence of the Lord our God 16 (for you know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we passed through the nations along the way; 17 and you have seen their detestable acts and their [repulsive] idols of wood and stone, [lifeless images] of silver and gold, which they had with them), 18 so that there will not be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the [false] gods of these nations; so that there will not be among you a root [of idolatry] bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood (bitterness). 19 It will happen that when he (a renegade) hears the words of this oath, and he [a]imagines himself as blessed, saying, ‘I will have peace and safety even though I walk within the stubbornness of my heart [rejecting God and His law], in order that the watered land dwindles away along with the dry [destroying everything],’ 20 the Lord will not be willing to forgive him, but then the anger of the Lord and His [b]jealousy will burn against that man, and every curse which is written in this book will rest on him; the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven. 21 Then the Lord will single him out for disaster from all the tribes of Israel [making an example of him], according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this Book of the Law.