Deuteronomy 31:28-30 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 31:28 Collect all your tribal elders and officers before me so that I may speak these words directly to them and call sky and land as witnesses against them.
Deuteronomy 31:29 You see, I know that after my death you will become completely corrupt and turn from the path I have commanded you. Disaster will come to you in the future, because you will do what is evil in Yahveh’s sight, angering him with what your hands have made.”
Deuteronomy 31:30 Then Moses recited aloud every single word of this song to the entire collected assembly of Israel:
The collected assembly was like a parliament or congress. It consisted of all the tribal elders and officers, as representatives of the whole nation. Moses met with them as a group and sang his song to them. He knew they would be responsible to pass the Mosaic commission along to all the covenant followers under their charge. He did not want to be guilty of hiding what was going to happen in the future. He knew that the nation was going to rebel, and that God was going to punish them for that rebellion.
It is amazing to me that the Bible has so much material like this, and we fail to hear the message in our pulpits. We are so busy trying to encourage our listeners with a positive message that we fail to tell them the whole truth. Sometimes bad things do happen to us when it is not not our fault — as testified by Job. But we need to warn each other that sometimes those tough times are the result of our wrong choices.
Lord, may your words of warning flow from our pulpits, and may we be wise enough to listen, and repent.