Deuteronomy 30:15-19 - We Have a Choice - Life or Death.

Deu.30:15-19; We Have a Choice - Life or Death.

Deu 30:15 (NCV)  Look, today I offer you life and success, death 
and destruction. 
Deu 30:19 (NCV)  Today I ask heaven and earth to be witnesses. I 
am offering you life or death, blessings or curses. Now, choose 
life! Then you and your children may live. 
Deu 30:20 (NCV)  To choose life is to love the LORD your God, 
obey him, and stay close to him. He is your life, and he will let you 
live many years in the land, the land he promised to give your 
ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 

Deu 30:15 (CWR)  `You have a choice between life and death, 
between blessings and curses. It's up to you.  
Deu 30:19 (CWR)  Today I'm calling heaven and earth as my 
witnesses that I have given you a choice between life and death, blessings 
and curses. Choose life, so that you and your families may be 
blessed and live.  
Deu 30:20 (CWR)  Give yourselves to the Lord your God and to Him 
alone. Listen to Him. Hold on to Him and don't let go, because the Lord 
is your life and He's the only One who can bless you and make you 
truly happy. He'll give you many prosperous years in the land He 
promised your forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." 

Deu 30:15 (TLB)  "Look, today I have set before you life and 
death, depending on whether you obey or disobey.  
Deu 30:19 (TLB)  "I call heaven and earth to witness against you 
that today I have set before you life or death, blessing or curse. 
Oh, that you would choose life; that you and your children might 
Deu 30:20 (TLB)  Choose to love the Lord your God and to obey 
him and to cling to him, for he is your life and the length of your 
days. You will then be able to live safely in the land the Lord 
promised your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."  


Choose Life or Death
Choose Life


Joshua 24:15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, 
choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your 
fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of 
the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we 
will serve the Lord.  

Psalm 36:9 (KJV)  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy 
light shall we see light.  

1 John 5:11-12 (KJV)  And this is the record, that God hath 
given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that 
hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not 

John 11:25-26 (KJV)  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, 
and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet 
shall he live: [26] And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall 
never die. Believest thou this?  

John 14:6 (KJV)  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, 
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

John 17:3 (KJV)  And this is life eternal, that they might know 
thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  

John 3:16 (KJV)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his 
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life.  

1 John 3:23 (KJV)  And this is his commandment, That we should 
believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he 
gave us commandment.  

Galatians 3:13-14 (KJV)  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse 
of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is 
every one that hangeth on a tree: [14] That the blessing of Abraham 
might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive 
the promise of the Spirit through faith.  

Galatians 2:20 (KJV)  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I 
live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now 
live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved 
me, and gave himself for me.  

Galatians 5:6 (KJV)  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision 
availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 

Jeremiah 32:39 (KJV)  And I will give them one heart, and one 
way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of 
their children after them:  

Deut. 30:6 (KJV)  And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine 
heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all 
thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.  

Deut. 10:12 (KJV)  And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God 
require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, 
and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart 
and with all thy soul,  

Deut. 10:20 (KJV)  Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt 
thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.  

Matthew 22:37-38 (KJV)  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the 
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all 
thy mind. [38] This is the first and great commandment.  

John 14:21 (KJV)  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth 
them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of 
my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  

1 John 5:2-3 (KJV)  By this we know that we love the children of 
God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. [3] For this is the 
love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are 
not grievous.  

Psalm 119:30 (KJV)  I have chosen the way of truth: thy 
judgments have I laid before me.  


The possibilities of life for every man are ultimately reduced 
to two. One is to love God with all one's powers. The end result is 
life in all its fullness, ultimately merging into immortality. The 
alternative is a disregard of God's good pleasure, with one's life devoted 
to the things of this earth. A life spent persistently in such a 
way leads to eternal death. These alternatives challenge every man 
and woman born into the world. [SDA Commentary] 

My dearest child,
The world holds out to you a surface sort of happiness that 
depends on favorable circumstances. But I hold out joy.  
The world offers relationships fraught with hidden agendas and 
self-serving motives. I offer love, gracious and unconditional.  
The world holds out blame and shame and condemnation. I hold out 
forgiveness and the road to a new beginning. 
The world rewards you with addictions and compulsions and 
momentary gratification. But I will fill you with peace that passes 
The world offers broken contracts, vows, and promises. I give 
you my Word, that never changes. 
The world runs hot and cold. One day you're valued and 
respected; the next you're forgotten like yesterday's headlines. But my 
character is love, and I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. 
Oh, my child, do not fall in love with the world. It holds out 
to you only an imitation of life. I hold out life, abundant and 
free. Choose real life! Your God [Postcards from Heaven by Claire 

The most significant choice any human being can make is the 
choice between life and death; between loving and serving God, and 
ignoring Him. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Obeying God is in our best interest. God has called us to keep 
his commands, while reminding us that his laws are not hidden from 
us or beyond our reach. Have you ever said you would obey God if 
you knew what he wanted? Have you ever complained that obedience is 
too difficult for a mere human? These are unacceptable excuses. 
God's laws are written in the Bible and are clearly evident in the 
world around us. Obeying them is reasonable, sensible, and beneficial. 
The most difficult part of obeying God's laws is simply deciding to 
start now. [Life Application SB] 

"I Do" (Deut. 30:11-20)
Perhaps the best analogy to the commitment God asks us to make 
to Him is the wedding ceremony. The wedding comes as the 
culmination of months (or better, years) of gradually coming to know another 
person. In time friendship blossoms into love, or initial attraction 
deepens into appreciation. Then each person realizes, "I want to spend 
my life with this individual!" Then the two plan a wedding--a 
ceremony to announce to one and all that two people have decided to 
cleave only to each other, for better or for worse, in sickness and in 
health, till death do them part. 
Yet it's fascinating. That ceremony, the culmination of so many 
young women's dreams, isn't an end but a beginning. It is the 
beginning of a lifetime of acting on the decision that the ceremony 
marked. It is the start of a lifetime of making choices shaped by the 
fact that at a particular point in time, two people stood side by 
side and committed themselves to one another. For then. And forever. 
It's just this kind of ceremony that is in view in Deuteronomy 
30. Moses calls on the new generation to make a life-shaping 
decision. Moses calls on Israel to make a commitment to God, to choose 
life with Him, and then to carry out that commitment the rest of 
their lives. 
As Moses says, the life this commitment calls for "is not too 
difficult for you or beyond your reach." That life is spelled out in the 
word God has given us, a near word, in our mouths and in our hearts. 
Make and keep this commitment, Moses promised, and "you will live and 
increase, and the Lord your God will bless you." Hold back or turn away, 
and "you will certainly be destroyed." 
We Christians need to realize that our initial relationship with 
Jesus is intended to grow and deepen to the point at which we too 
realize, "I want to commit my life to this Person who loves me." That 
realization may come in church, in response to a pastor's call. It may 
happen in the privacy of your own room, reading devotional literature 
like this book. When the realization does come, then you too have a 
decision to make. Will I commit myself fully to God, realizing that this 
decision will shape my choices for the rest of my life? 
Perhaps Moses himself gives us the most compelling reason to 
make that commitment now. "This day," he says, "I call heaven and 
earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and 
death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your 
children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His 
voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life, and He will 
give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, 
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" (vv. 19-20). [The 365-Day Devotional 

Moses challenged Israel to choose life, to obey God, and 
therefore continue to experience his blessings. God doesn't force his will 
on anyone. He lets us decide whether to follow him or reject him. 
This decision, however, is a life-or-death matter. God wants us to 
realize this, for he would like us all to choose life. Daily, in each 
new situation, we must affirm and reinforce this commitment. [Life 
Application SB] 

1 Choose Christ
I choose kindness ...
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone, kind to the 
rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God 
has treated me. 
I choose goodness...
1 will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will 
be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will 
I chose goodness.
I choose faithfulness...
Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their 
trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not 
question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will 
not come home. 
I choose gentleness...
Nothing is won by force. I chose to be gentle. 
If I raise my voice may it only be in praise.
If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer.
If I make a demand, may it only be of myself.
I chose self-control...
I am a spiritual being...
After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let 
what will rot, rule the eternal.  
I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be 
impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be 
taught only by Christ. 
1 choose self-control.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
gentleness, and self-control. 
To these I commit my day.
If I succeed, I will give thanks. 
If I fail, I will seek his grace. 
And then, when this day is done,
I will place my head on my pillow and rest.
When God Whispers Your Name, by Max Lucado