Continuing his discourse, Moses uttered words thrilling at first with tenderness and urgent appeal.
In the first ten verses of the chapter we have the long look ahead of love. He seems to have seen the people in the conditions which he had predicted must result from disobedience, scattered far off from their own land.
He saw them, however, returning in spirit to God as the result of severe discipline. In view of this, he saw how ready God would ever be to receive and pardon them when they thus returned.
It was a great prophetic evangel, the message of which stands true for all time, but the value of which men have even yet hardly appreciated.
Proceeding, Moses reminded the people of the supreme glory of the nation. For them the law of God was not something to be sought out. It was near them, yea, in their hearts.
As the discourse drew to its close, Moses reminded the people of his faithfulness to them in delivering the message of God. His faithfulness he called heaven and earth to witness, and, recognizing that everything depended on their exercise of that power, urged them to choose life.
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25