Deuteronomy 11* The great work God wrought for Israel. (1-7) Promises andthreatenings. (8-17) Careful study of God's word requisite.(18-25) The blessings and the curse set forth. (26-32)1-7 Observe the connexion of these two; Thou shalt love theLord, and keep his charge. Love will work in obedience, and thatonly is acceptable obedience which flows from a principle oflove, #1Jo 5:3|. Moses recounts some of the great and terribleworks of God which their eyes had seen. What our eyes have seen,especially in our early days, should affect us, and make usbetter long afterwards. 8-17 Moses sets before them, for the future, life and death,the blessing and the curse, according as they did or did notkeep God's commandment. Sin tends to shorten the days of allmen, and to shorten the days of a people's prosperity. God willbless them with an abundance of all good things, if they wouldlove him and serve him. Godliness has the promise of the lifethat now is; but the favour of God shall put gladness into theheart, more than the increase of corn, and wine, and oil. Revoltfrom God to idols would certainly be their ruin. Take heed thatyour hearts be not deceived. All who forsake God to set theiraffection upon any creature, will find themselves wretchedlydeceived, to their own destruction; and this will make it worse,that it was for want of taking heed. 18-25 Let all be directed by the three rules here given. 1. Letour hearts be filled with the word of God. There will not begood practices in the life, unless there be good thoughts, goodaffections, and good principles in the heart. 2. Let our eyes befixed upon the word of God, having constant regard to it as theguide of our way, as the rule of our work, #Ps 119:30|. 3. Letour tongues be employed about the word of God. Nor will anything do more to cause prosperity, and keeping up religion in anation, than the good education of children. 26-32 Moses sums up all the arguments for obedience in twowords, the blessing and the curse. He charged the people tochoose which they would have. Moses then appointed a public andsolemn proclamation of the blessing and curse, to be made uponthe two mountains of Gerizim and Ebal. We have broken the law,and are under its curse, without remedy from ourselves. Inmercy, the gospel again sets before us a blessing and a curse. Ablessing, if we obey the call to repentance, to faith in Christ,and newness of heart and life through him; an awful curse, if weneglect so great salvation. Let us thankfully welcome these gladtidings of great joy; and let us not harden our hearts, but hearthis voice of God while it is called to-day, and while heinvites us to come to him upon a mercy-seat. Let us be diligentto make our calling and election sure.
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