I have spent the morning reading through the back end of the book of Deuteronomy alongside Christensen’s Commentary in the WBC series. 29:27 reads ‘Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, bringing upon it all the curses of this book.’. I found his comments quite challenging.
The effects of sin are felt in the productivity of the earth itself. In recent decades we have been reminded again and again of other results of “sinning against the land.” In Bangladesh the wanton consumption of trees for fuel has produced ecological disaster of enormous proportions, with ensuing floods devastating the land year by year. As self-centered exploiters turn their back on the stipulations of God’s covenant and cut down the rain forests of the Amazon valley with no thought except personal gain, the ensuing erosion washes away millions of acres of fertile soil. And other powerful forces of ecological disaster are released, which we only partially understand, with potential to harm human life throughout the entire world. The destruction of tropical rain forests in Borneo and other distant lands appears to be intricately linked to the arrival of the El Niño weather phenomenon—which in turn is linked with devastating floods, drought, hurricanes, and other so-called natural disasters. The price we pay for breaking God’s covenant is exile from the land. This is as true today as it was in ancient Israel.
Christensen, D. L. (2002). Vol. 6B: Word Biblical Commentary : Deuteronomy 21:10-34:12. Word Biblical Commentary (727). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.
May God have mercy on us! May the church of Christ arise, strengthenend by the Spirit, to bring blessing to the nations!