Deuteronomy 30:15-18 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 30:15 See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity.
Deuteronomy 30:16 You see, I am commanding you today to care about Yahveh your God, to walk in his ways, and to watch his commands, prescriptions, and rules, so that you may stay alive and multiply, and Yahveh your God may empower you in the land you are entering to take possession of.
Deuteronomy 30:17 But if your heart turns away and you do not listen and you are led astray to bow in worship to other gods and serve them,
Deuteronomy 30:18 I tell you today that you will certainly be destroyed and will not prolong your days in the land you are entering to take possession of across the Jordan.
Why was obedience so important for the Israelites at this time? For hundreds of years, the Israelites had languished in a foreign land, and God had not spoke to them, or demanded much of them. Now, all of a sudden, he rescues them from slavery, and then slaps them with a mountain of laws and regulations. What gives?
The answer is his mission. The Israelites now have a mission — to draw the nations to God by demonstrating his holiness. Being faithful to the covenant was their way of carrying out the mission. Staying true to the mission would result in life and prosperity; failing the mission would bring death and adversity.
This is the same God who has rescued us from our sins by the death of Christ on the cross. What do we think would happen if people who claim to be saved by Jesus turn against his mission?
Lord, make us a people consistently dedicated to your mission.