Through the Bible Day by Day
And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
PROMISES TO RETURNING WANDERERS
The Hebrew people have often turned to this chapter in the belief that the day must come when God will pity their forlorn condition and restore them from “the outmost parts of heaven.” They do not consider that the promise was fulfilled in the return of a handful of their race under Nehemiah and Ezra.
The precious promise of Deu_30:6, where the initial rite of Judaism is to have its spiritual fulfillment, should be compared with Isa_52:1. The time is coming when all Israel shall be saved from the mere external badge of their national prerogative, and shall be converted to the true faith in Christ, as their Messiah and Savior. See Rom_2:28-29; Col_2:11. Then will God rejoice over them for good. Even now, as the true Israel of God, we may claim this rejoicing for ourselves!
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
THE SUPREME CHOICE
The immediate purpose of this passage is to encourage the people by reminding them that all things needful for a holy life are within their reach. Paul refers to it for the same purpose, Rom_10:6.
The love and grace of God are not concealed as hidden mysteries might be. There is no need to undertake a long and dangerous journey, like that which brought the eastern Magi to the manger-bed of Bethlehem. The Word of God, which is another name for our Lord, is very nigh to us all. We have only to lift the heart to Him in simple faith, and confess Him as our Savior and Lord, and we are assured of salvation from the penalty and power of sin.
Love to God and compliance with His will is the only way of life and peace. Let us choose this narrow path. The gate is strait, but the way becomes always easier. It is narrow, but pleasant.