Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 11, 2014

“Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 30:1-14.

“1 “So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you, 2 and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, 3 then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.  4 If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back.  5 The Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.

6 “Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.  7 The Lord your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.  8 And you shall again obey the Lord, and observe all His commandments which I command you today. 9 Then the Lord your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your ground, for the Lord will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers;  10 if you obey the Lord your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.”

11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.  12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’  13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’  14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.”   Deuteronomy 30:1-14.

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Today’s Scripture gives the promise of restoration based on God’s work:  “the Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again”.  Verse 3.  “The Lord your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you .”  Verse 7.  “Then the Lord your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand”.  Verse 9.

But, there are those of other doctrine who focus only on themselves and the word “if” as in “if you obey the Lord your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.”  Verse 10.

Reformed Doctrine sees the conclusion of this Scripture (verses 11-14 above in bold italic) and how it properly puts the focus back on God and remembers the following Romans 10:5-11 (which is similar).

“For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness.  But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”  But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,  that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”


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