Deuteronomy 27:26 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 27:26 ‘Anyone who does not put the words of this instruction into practice is afflicted with a curse.’ And all the people will say, ‘Amen!’
The final affliction is a catch-all that includes every part of the covenant instruction. The Israelites were expected to live by the whole counsel of God, not to cherry pick certain parts of it. When Jesus condemned the religious parties of his day, it was mainly because they had decided which parts of the law were important to them, and ignored the weightier matters.
Only in Jesus do we find a heart so pure and a life so disciplined that he was able to put all of God’s words into practice. For all of the rest of us, we were caught by this catch-all, so we needed our savior’s work on the cross.
Lord, thank you for providing rescue from the final affliction.