A new heart from the Lord our God(Deuteronomy 30:1-10)
Rev Tony van Drimmelen, October 27, 2013 Sunday Evening
What do you think is the ultimate problem facing the human race today? Deuteronomy paints a picture of a perfect world where people love God and live in community with one another. Through Moses God restates the terms of the covenant with Israel in an effort realize that kind of perfect world. But with the reality of sin and covenant curses to contend with, the picture might look hopeless were it not for God’s amazing provision. We are not left to our own devices to keep the covenant. God says he “will circumcise our hearts.” (v.6) This is the solution to the problem we all face. With circumcised hearts we can love, obey and live for God! And that makes all the difference. Do we slip up, sin and break the covenant? Yes, but our hearts remain resilient and cling to God more and more as He reveals himself as the gracious covenant Partner.
30:1 “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. (ESV)