“Cursed is he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.” (Deut. 27:26)
Confirmation is the act of reinforcing something. Someone says that North Korea has nuclear arms… best to confirm that before launching a full strike. If the doctor says you have cancer, might be a good idea to get confirmation with a second opinion.
God’s word is a beautiful thing, read by billions of people over the centuries, but when Christians confirm that Word through our actions we are blessed and those around us are too. When we read the laws of God and then live them it reinforces their value as we see them in action. The doing confirms and establishes how correct God was all along.
This is what Paul meant when he said that in the gospel the “righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith”. The book of faith is meant to lead us to live a life of faith. Reading the faith should lead to practicing the faith which leads to becoming people of faith.
Paul also directly quotes Deut. 27:26 in Gal 3:10 to point out that another side effect of confirming God’s laws by doing them is the realization that you don’t practice them perfectly. The word also confirms our sinfulness – and that is important too, because Christ came to save sinners. You have to realize the need to appreciate the gift.
“Practice these things, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.”
(I Timothy 4:15)
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