"...you have seen their detestable things, their idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold, which were among them." (Deuteronomy 29:17)
What an incredible scene our God reminds us of in Deuteronomy 29. Here we are, standing on the shores of the Jordan, about to cross into the promised land, and God, through Moses wants us to understand his heart, his intentions, his blessings for obedience, and his curse on those who are insubordinate.
Looking back on the last forty years of this journey are some unfathomable scenes. Here we are to remember God's plagues toward Pharaoh, the crossing of the Red Sea, the giving of the 10 Commandments, and the law, the building of the Temple, God dwelling among his people, the manna from heaven, the foolishness of the golden calf, the earth swallowing up those who oppose him, many peoples worshiping false gods, peoples with perverse rituals involving killing their own children, and untold sexual perversions.
These people have seen, and witnessed incredible things. And now, they stand at the shores of God's promised land. Yet he holds them still for instruction. He warns them of turning away, while they are living in his, about to come, incredible blessings.
Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, 19 one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ (Deuteronomy 18b-19)
Our nation, and the world for that matter, have perhaps reached the bottom of a most challenging period of financial calamity. We have traveled through a period of time of great wealth, worshiping modern idols of money, sex, pornography, movie stars, and on, and on.
Are we not standing at our own Jordan? Is not this country, and every inhabitant of the land called by God to pay attention, and heed his warnings, and look to his blessings?
Look at Deuteronomy 30: 1-10, and let us all purpose to give our whole heart, and our whole soul to God. Let us turn from our wicked ways, and let's together cross the Jordan, and enter into God's delight:
“And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, 2 and return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. 4 If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will take you. 5 And the Lord your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. 6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. 7 And the Lord your God will put all these curses on your foes and enemies who persecuted you. 8 And you shall again obey the voice of the Lord and keep all his commandments that I command you today. 9 The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers, 10 when you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul."