“Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law. For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land, which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.” Deuteronomy 32:46-47
Moses reiterated the law to the people, and was about to see the promised land from afar and die. His final warning, composed in a memorable song; heed “all the words.” He says it four times, and then says, “it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life.” This was a warning to the Israelites so that they might be blessed and not cursed. They also needed to transmit the words to their sons so that they might observe them “carefully.”
Same goes today, because the words are eternal, as David said this: “the sum of thy word is truth, and every one of your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” (Ps. 119:60) They all add up. Sadly for many the words fall on deaf ears, or they’re idle. The Israelites proceeded to forget the words on many occasions, to the point they were severely disciplined. The promised blessing was never fully enjoyed.
How about us? We’ve got the same words, and then some. We now know the end of the story. It’s not some of the words, it’s “all the words.” What will it be?