Moses was extremely anxious for the welfare of the people. None of us can force people to do the right thing, are make the right choice in life.
We can urge, we can persuaded, and entreat to make a final effort to win people over to the Lord. “And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful.” (Luke 18:23) Not even Jesus would force the young rich rulerto follow him.
Your Maker and Preserver commends his love to you, claims your loyalty, and commands you to choose. “Choose you this day whom ye shall will serve.” (Josh. 24:15)
There is an appeal from supreme authority to the noblest part of your nature and for your highest interests
He is the Fountain of all life. God was before all things. “For in him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28 ) By him all things consist, Heb.1:3 tells us,“And upholding all things by the word of his power.”
Life physical is from him, but also, and in a much fuller fashion, is life spiritually Gen.2:7 declares, “And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.”
Our inner man is from God, and depends upon him for sustenance.
These words in John could be said of Jesus only, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4)
The love of God attaches us to this spiritual fountain. As we love Jesus with all our heart, and soul, and mind, and strength, we find that we have begun to live.
Love places our heart at a level with God’s, and the riches of his life flows into us.
When the waters are at a level, then our goods pass to him and his to us, real things begin to take place. “For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” Mk. 5:28) The woman with the issue of blood gave of her faith, Jesus gave of his healing power.
Paul stated in Eph. 3:17-19 these words, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith….(v.18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breath and length, and depth, and height….(v.19) And to know the love of Christ, which passetth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
All of God’s Life and fulness flow down to us, yet we cannot take in all, our measure is a small one, but we are filled up to our capacity with all the fulness of God.
Love will give birth to new obedience. John tell us if we love God we will keep his law,“If ye love me. keep commandment.” (John 14:15)
If we love him, his commandment are not hard. Our meat is found in doing the will of him that sends us, as well as finishing his work.
Obedience strengthens the spiritual life, just as exercise invigorates the body Can we say with the master, “I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea thy law is within my heart.” (Psa.40:8)
Yes same saint do become sickly, and same do die young, but salvation has never made their sickness more serious, nor shortened their career by a single day.
Separation from the source of life is death indeed In this striking passage, good and life go hand and hand, and so does death and evil go together “I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;” (v.15)
The idea in death is not termination of existence, but separation from God.
Adam and Eve died the day they doubted God’s love and ate the fruit. They ceased not to exist that day, but died out of fellowship with God.
We are not to associate the annihilation view with the Biblical idea of death. Sin is the Mother of death, Note what James stated, “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bring forth death.” (James1:15)
It bring it forth, because it separates the soul from him who is the fountain of life.
In closing let me say this, the Jew found in their national experience how deadly a thing it is to disobey their God and to depart from him ” But if thy heart turn away, and thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish; ye shall not prolong your days in the land, whither thou passest over the Jordan to go into possess it.” (v.17.18)