Summary of passage: If God’s people turn back to Him, He will bless them and gather them together and prosper them and curse their enemies. God only desires love and obedience.
10a) “Take his commands to heart” that is obey Him and love Him.
b) Circumcise them.
c) Personal Question. My answer: That God is always just one step away, one prayer away, one repentance away. He is waiting to pick us up when we fall and He never tires of this no matter how many times we sin. It is a great comfort because I sin all the time so knowing God loves me anyways gives me the faith to keep pursuing Him.
11a) A choice of life or death
b) Personal Question. My answer: Life. Through believe in Jesus Christ, you will have eternal life.
12) If you read all of Galatians 3, you will see the whole answer here. Paul’s argument is this: Abraham who lived before the law was given merely believed in God and was considered righteous. Then the law was given (and Paul says the reason the law was given was to lead the people to Christ. Verse 19 has the answer: The purpose of the law was added because of transgressions until the Seed (Jesus) had come.) The law’s purpose was to show people that it is impossible to gain God’s acceptance and be with Him on our own–that we need a Savior to do it for us. But once Jesus stepped foot on this planet, God required faith in Jesus who took our transgressions upon himself.
Therefore, the law was to show us our inadequacies and just how much we truly need God and a Savior.
The people needed the Law because Jesus hadn’t come yet. They needed a way to be with God and the Old Covenant was it. The problem: as we’ve seen this year, the people were never cleansed enough to be with God. The system of blood sacrifice was not enough. The people needed to see that and to live that out. It was to prepare people for the Truth and make them desperate for a Savior.
Conclusions: LOVED the last question. Perfect! Sums up our whole study.
End Notes: The modern state of Israel is the fulfillment of God’s promise here to regather His people that have been scattered for centuries all over the world. Scholars say this promise was not fulfilled after their Babylonian exile because the Israelites were still being ruled over. Now, the modern state of Israel is larger, stronger, and richer than any other time in history. Israel needs our prayers.
However, Israel today is a secular society despite its Jewish heritage. Only the ancient Israelites had a true theocracy. Hence, this prophecy is only partially filled. Furthermore, most Jews do not accept Jesus, which in essence is a rejection of God. But God is faithful and He will keep His promise in these verses.
Ezekiel 37 says that first the Jews will gather together and then God will put His spirit in them. God is not done with His people yet.
Under the Old Covenant, the Israelites had to obey the law, offer sacrifices, and believe in its power to atone and to understand another would come. Under the New Covenant, we only have to believe in Jesus as the Savior; we don’t have to do anything. How full of grace is our God!
We see God pleading with His people through Moses to choose Him. We can see God pleading with His people through Jesus to believe in him. We see God telling His people to love Him, listen to Him, and hold on to Him. He is our life.
God makes it simple: understand (mouth), believe (heart), and obey His word. Paul says the same thing when he quotes this passage in Romans 10:6-10: Confess Jesus is your Lord and believe in your heart he is the Savior. And you will be saved. Period.