Deuteronomy 29 concludes with Moses’ prophecy that the nation – the people and the land – would, despite all the warnings of Deuteronomy 28, rebel against God and consequently experience those judgments, including expulsion from the land. History has proven this to be the case. The Jews were expelled from the land on two occasion – By Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. to Babylon and by the Romans in A.D. 70, into a worldwide dispersion. Fulfilled prophecy is proof that the Bible is true!
In Deuteronomy 30, Moses tells the people that God is always ready to restore them to the place of His blessings if “you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you” (Deuteronomy 30:2-3). In May 1948, the world witnessed the miraculous return of the Jewish people to their land and as a nation, as prophesied in Ezekiel 36 and elsewhere in the Bible. Although the nation is not yet fully restored, God brought about the re-establishment of Israel: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake” (Ezekiel 36:22). As these prophecies were literally fulfilled, we know that their prophesied future spiritual restoration will be literally fulfilled someday.
As New Testament believers, we observe (and experience) the same inclination to rebel against God, a curse of the fall. But the same God always stands ready to forgive and restore us when we humbly receive the gift of eternal life through faith in His Son, Jesus.