Deuteronomy 29: Don’t fool yourself


This is a bit of a pep talk for going to war and all the good that will come out of it. But... if you have already broken these curses and fool yourself into thinking all will be well, don’t. You will bring a curse down upon the entirety of the congregation. Just remember all the people God has smote so far.

In other words:

You are about to reach glory, but if you don’t, it’s your own fault for one of more of you must have turned his back on God.

Favorite bit:

Deuteronomy: 29:19, 20 – And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst. And the Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and his jealous shall smoke against that man and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven.

Most confusing bit:

Deuteronomy 29:29 – the secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the word of this law.  (This is a non-sequitor – the previous section is about what happened to those who didn't follow the law).

Moral Lesson Learned:

Don’t pretend to be ethical. Actually be ethical (Deuteronomy 29:19,20)