Deuteronomy 30* Mercies promised to the repentant. (1-10) The commandmentmanifest. (11-14) Death and life set before them. (15-20)1-10 In this chapter is a plain intimation of the mercy God hasin store for Israel in the latter days. This passage refers tothe prophetic warnings of the last two chapters, which have beenmainly fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans,and in their dispersion to the present day; and there can be nodoubt that the prophetic promise contained in these verses yetremain to come to pass. The Jewish nation shall in some futureperiod, perhaps not very distant, be converted to the faith ofChrist; and, many think, again settled in the land of Canaan.The language here used is in a great measure absolute promises;not merely a conditional engagement, but declaring an eventassuredly to take place. For the Lord himself here engages to"circumcise their hearts;" and when regenerating grace hasremoved corrupt nature, and Divine love has supplanted the loveof sin, they certainly will reflect, repent, return to God, andobey him; and he will rejoice in doing them good. The changethat will be wrought upon them will not be only outward, orconsisting in mere opinions; it will reach to their souls. Itwill produce in them an utter hatred of all sin, and a ferventlove to God, as their reconciled God in Christ Jesus; they willlove him with all their hearts, and with all their soul. Theyare very far from this state of mind at present, but so were themurderers of the Lord Jesus, on the day of Pentecost; who yet inone hour were converted unto God. So shall it be in the day ofGod's power; a nation shall be born in a day; the Lord willhasten it in his time. As a conditional promise this passagebelongs to all persons and all people, not to Israel only; itassures us that the greatest sinners, if they repent and areconverted, shall have their sins pardoned, and be restored toGod's favour. 11-14 The law is not too high for thee. It is not only knownafar off; it is not confined to men of learning. It is writtenin thy books, made plain, so that he who runs may read it. It isin thy mouth, in the tongue commonly used by thee, in which thoumayest hear it read, and talk of it among thy children. It isdelivered so that it is level to the understanding of themeanest. This is especially true of the gospel of Christ, towhich the apostle applies it. But the word is nigh us, andChrist in that word; so that if we believe with the heart, thatthe promises of the Messiah are fulfilled in our Lord Jesus, andconfess them with our mouth, we then have Christ with us. 15-20 What could be said more moving, and more likely to makedeep and lasting impressions? Every man wishes to obtain lifeand good, and to escape death and evil; he desires happiness,and dreads misery. So great is the compassion of the Lord, thathe has favoured men, by his word, with such a knowledge of goodand evil as will make them for ever happy, if it be not theirown fault. Let us hear the sum of the whole matter. If they andtheirs would love God, and serve him, they should live and behappy. If they or theirs should turn from God, desert hisservice, and worship other gods, that would certainly be theirruin. There never was, since the fall of man, more than one wayto heaven; which is marked out in both Testaments, though notwith equal clearness. Moses meant that same way of acceptance,which Paul more plainly described; and Paul's words mean thesame obedience, on which Moses more fully treated. In bothTestaments the good and right way is brought near, and plainlyrevealed to us.
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