Deuteronomy 29–30: Returning to the Lord

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 76–77

Deuteronomy 29–30 contains the conclusion of Moses’ address to the Israelites. He continued to explain the blessings that come from obedience and the cursings that come from disobedience. Deuteronomy 30 tells what the Lord would do for the Israelites if they fell away from Him and then repented, and what they would have to do if they desired to be acceptable to Him again. From this chapter we learn that the Lord is very merciful and longsuffering with His children.

Understanding the Scriptures

Deuteronomy 30

Call them to mind (v. 1)Remember them 
Captivity (v. 3)Bondage, slavery 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Deuteronomy 29–30.

Activity A iconMake a Chart

Deuteronomy 30:1–10 contains the Lord’s counsel to the Israelites about what to do if and when the curses spoken of in Deuteronomy 28 came upon them. Notice that there are several things the Lord said the people must do and several promises of what the Lord would do.



Make two columns on a page in your notebook. Label one column “If,” and the other column “Then.” Under “If,” list the things the Lord said the Israelites must do in their cursed condition (see vv. 1–2, 6, 8, 10). In the “Then” column list what the Lord promised to do for the Israelites (see vv. 3–7, 9).

Activity B iconApply These Teachings

Which verses would you use from Deuteronomy 30 to help someone who had sinned and strayed from the Church? Explain how you would use the verses.