Read Deuteronomy 30:15-20.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:
There are times in the Bible when we hear the phrase, And the Lord said… (Deuteronomy 31:14). In these instances, God is speaking directly to the recipient just as I am speaking directly to you. And the Lord said… and what follows is God’s word and yet it is the same Word spoken in this passage from Deuteronomy where Moses has been commanded by God to say, “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil… (Deuteronomy 30:15). These words, although spoken by Moses, are still truly God’s word. Like the words of the Bible and preaching faithful to the Bible, these words may come to us through prophets, apostles, human writers and preachers, but they are still God’s Word to us.
God says, “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil… (Deuteronomy 30:15). Now in the past when I’ve read this verse, I quickly imagined it to be a road that divides into two, like a fork in a road; one leading to life and good, and the other leading to death and evil.