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Deuteronomy 30

Choose Life

11 Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, "Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?" 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, "Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?" 14 No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe. 15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20 loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Great Comedy Teams of B.C.: Moses and Jack Benny

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Musings

Normally a cartoon should not draw on period-related humor, but this passage is reflected so well in classic trademark humor of Jack Benny, a well-known comedian the second half of the twentieth century. Jack Benny had a comedic reputation of being such a tightwad that given a choice (by a mugger) of surrendering his wallet or his life, he had to think about it. That's the choice presented in this passage - live according to God's ways or else suffer the consequences. While it seems like an easy choice on paper, choosing incorrectly seems to happen repeatedly in the Bible so it is a fair warning.


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