A very scary warning from the Old Testament–will you heed it?

Deuteronomy 29:18-22. “Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, 19 one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.20 The Lord will not be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the Lord and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and the curses written in this book will settle upon him, and the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven. 21 And the Lord will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for calamity, in accordance with all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.”

This is one of the most dire warnings in the entire Bible–OT and NT. It assumes this “man”, which of course includes women, knows he/she is walking contrary to the Lord’s commands and desires. He/she knows and doesn’t care, yet still, hypocritically, expects safety. Safety comes from the Lord–nowhere else. “I can spit in the Lord’s face and He will still protect me” is what our hypocrite thinks. Why would He protect you? “Because He loves me?” The Lord does love you, but His righteousness does not mix with your willful bragging of your being beyond His discipline while being under His protection.

Can you read the whole warning and still be prideful in your ways? Then this is for you. Proverb 29:1. “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.”