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Free Will of Man
WE Decide Our Own Fate
Deut.30:15-20 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. (KJV) . . . There are present and future things in verse 19: life and death, blessing and cursing. WHY were these set before Israel?
- 1. So they might choose life, and the path of believing, and loving obedience that led to it.
- 2. So they and their posterity, by choosing life and refusing evil, might be the favorites of God in time and eternity.
If there were no such thing as the free will in man, we could not reconcile the above sayings. But, God has given humans a will free. We can choose God's way, or we can choose the devil's way. We can choose life, by obedience to God and refusing evil, and be blessed by God here on Earth, and spend eternity in blissful Heaven . . . OR we can choose death which is accepting evil and be cursed by God here on Earth, and spend eternity in an agonizing Hell. It all lies in OUR hands! It is OUR decision, the same way that it was Israel's decision . . . then and NOW! Disobedience to God is a horrible thing, be it Jew or Gentile!
Deut. 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! (KJV) . . . This is the kind of heart that God desires, and is required by Him. God can give such a heart, and has promised to give it (Jer. 32:40; Eze. 36:27) IF we choose to take it. So, in reality, man is accountable for his actions, because they are his by choice!
Deut.30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. (KJV) . . . Without love, there is no obedience, nor can there ever be. And without obedience, love is fruitless and dead. Without love, we cannot cleave to Him. Only he who endures to the end, shall be saved (Mat.10:22). My friend, how do things stand between God and your eternal soul? Are you making right choices?
When the people of Israel stood on the threshold of their inheritance, the Promised Land, the long-awaited day of glory had come. For us, it is high time to remember their story, their failures and, most important, the way that they dealt with God. As we look back to the Old Testament, we can learn many extremely important lessons from the choices that Israel made. It is there, in black and white, plain as day. Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (KJV) . . . We are wise only if we learn from it!
Israel was under the Law, NOT just the Ten Commandments, but a total of 613 Laws in all. If they broke ONE commandment, they broke them all (Deut.27:26; Gal.3:10; Jam.2:10). The Law was/is like a chain. If you break one law (link), the entire chain is broken. We as Christians today are NOT under the Law, we are under grace! It is a much better system, thanks be to our Saviour and Lord Jesus! Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (KJV)
Israel's dealing with Almighty God is a covenant of potential blessings . . . and curses! The preceding chapters (Deut. 27 & 28) are quite clear and specific about the nature of these blessings and curses. Moses' final words to the Israelites was to remember their past and to be faithful to the covenant. Jesus' Words to us are for us to obey Him. John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (KJV) John 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another. (KJV) . . . Our commandments from Jesus are: Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV) . . . Jesus' words. . . LOVE covers ALL the Old Testament!
Blessings? or Curses? Which is it for you?
Blessings and/or Curses
Blessings, Curses, Mountains of
Blessings IF . . . Curses IF!
Blessings, Free Will To Choose
Blessings from God
Blessings Promised to the Righteous
Blessings Promised By God
Blessings to Abraham
BEWARE!!! . . . ??Hundred-Fold Blessings?? . . . BEWARE!!!