Before arriving to the promised land, Moses wants to makes sure that God’s people remembers everything God has done for them. He conducts a covenant ceremony at the same place where God first made the promise of land to Abraham. Pictured below is the same location on this mountain where many archaeologists believe Joshua built an altar over it for some similar purposes.
This was not an initiating of the covenant but instead a renewal of it. And the breaking of this covenant would come with certain curses. Some of those specific curses are found in verses 15-26. They are just a sample of the law, not a summary of it. One thing that sticks out in such curses is that they go beyond the regular disobedience to the law punished by God from humans, but even if such disobedience is undetected by the human eye, God would still curse out of judgment and justice.
The same is true for today. No matter what we do in secret or even think in mind or feel in heart, if it’s sin, it’s sin before an all-knowing, all-seeing God. This is also why it is so important for us to not only live holy lives of integrity but to do things that will help us to be filled with the Spirit to protect our mind and actions from such evil and consequences. That starts with the Gospel and continues by God’s grace.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor