Choose Life (Choose Christ!) ~ Deuteronomy 30 ~ 27 September 2015
This week Wayne resumes our Deuteronomy series. looking at the whole of Chapter 30 under the title ‘Choose Life (Choose Christ)’. He writes,
“The Chapter begins with the promise that God will restore the fortunes of his people when, after having rejected him and suffered the curse of being driven out from the Promised Land, they return to him with all their heart and soul. It finishes with Moses urging the people of God to choose life by loving the Lord, obeying his voice and holding fast to him. While this promise of restoration was fulfilled in part with the return of the exiles in Zechariah and Ezra’s day, it was only a partial fulfilment which pointed to the ultimate fulfilment to be accomplished under the New Covenant with Christ’s coming, crucifixion and consummation.
As Paul proclaimed to the Galatians, Christ is the One who became a curse for us so that in him we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. It is by the Spirit that God circumcises our hearts so that we obey the commandment to love the Lord with all our heart and soul. To choose Christ then is to choose life; the life of the Spirit. Jesus is the focal point of both God’s curse and blessing. Just as the people of the Old Covenant needed to listen to the Lord and not turn aside to worship false gods, we need to cling to Christ knowing that apart from him we are nothing, but in him we have abundant life.”