When Moses led the people of Israel up to the cusp of the land of promise he repeated the Lord’s exhortations to the people of Israel. Near the end of his long and important exhortation, he called upon the Israelites to make a choice between life and death (Deuteronomy 30:15). Already, by this time, the Israelites had plenty of experiences with the Lord that the choice was really an easy one. At least one would think so. In the previous chapter, in the same context of exhortation regarding the importance of remembering the Lord, Moses said that the Lord had not yet given them a heart to understand (29:4). This is a peculiar phrase, but the sense of it is like this: The Lord gave plenty of reasons and pieces of evidence to turn the heart and mind of the thoughtful Israelite toward Him. A great many of them, however, did not take this evidence to heart. This is why the writer of Hebrews speaks about the message preached, but the reception of it was not “mixed with faith” (Hebrews 4:2). A lesson learned from this is as follows. When the Lord is our life, then let us hear His word and obey His will. From this we have assurance, comfort and salvation. To the Israelites, Moses said that this was their “life and length of days” (Deuteronomy 30:20). RT