Deuteronomy 30:15 is again the reiteration of a choice. Moses says, “See, I have set before you today life and god, death and evil… therefore choose life that you and your offspring may live.” It begins with a choice or a commitment.

Jonathan Edwards said, “Resolved: That all men should live for the glory of God. Resolved: That whether others do or not, I will.” Bruce Narramore compares Edwards offspring to the offspring of a criminal named Jukes. He writes “Over four hundred descendants of Jonathan Edwards, America’s first great theologian, have been traced. Of his descendents: one hundred became ministers, missionaries, or theology teachers; one hundred became professors; over one hundred were lawyers and judges; sixty became doctors; and fourteen were college presidents. Among the descendants of Jukes; one hundred and thirty were convicted criminals; three hundred and ten were professional paupers; four hundred were seriously injured or physically degenerated due to their life-styles; sixty were habitual thieves and pickpockets; seventeen were murderers; only twenty ever learned a trade, and half of these learned their trades in jail.”

Deuteronomy goes on in verse 19, “therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days…”

Choose life…