103-1430 Chapter 30
And third the covenant relationship demands that one live in repentance and renewal. (Verses 1-10) Judgment is a reality in the life of people and it should lead a sensible person to repentance. (Verses 1-2) Restoration is always a possibility and the renewal of their life in the Lord. (Verses 3-10) Forth, one is to maintain a dedicated awareness to the Word of God. (Verses 11-14) One does not need to ask, “Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?” The Word of revelation is not an impossible dream but a present reality. Fifth, it is important for people living in the covenant community to live knowing that it is man’s choice. (Verses 15-20) That choice is either life or death, good or evil, are ultimate choices which reach the farthest places of human existence. Hear the Word of God, “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity” (Verse 15) “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (Verses 19-20)
God’s Covenant Love
Often in the Bible, God’s love is understood in the ordinary sense that God has strongly affectionate feelings towards humankind. In certain contexts, such as the covenant document of Deuteronomy, love refers to God’s commitment to His people.
In the ancient Near East, a conquering king would characteristically speak of his relationship to vassal peoples as a relationship of love, meaning that he had chosen those people to enjoy his favor and to benefit from his protection in exchange for their loyal service. Similarly God chose Israel to be His servant nation not because the Israelites deserved it but because He loved them. Put another way, He loved them because He had chosen them.