That’s what God told the prophet Hosea to tell Israel in the eighth century B.C. (Hosea 8:7), and that’s what John Calvin told the citizens of Geneva in A.D. 1556. Unlike many Christians in the western world today, Calvin was convinced that God is alive and active in history. Nations that pleased God by faith-filled obedience to His revealed will would be blessed by God, while those who angered God by rebellious disobedience to His laws would receive curses from Him.
These blessings and curses are not only spiritual, but are also social, agricultural, political, meteorological, and in fact are manifested in every area of national life. Thus, Calvin called the people of Geneva to walk a straight line before God, so that He might give them peace and not war, prosperity and not famine, life and not death.
Calvin showed from the book of Deuteronomy that God has set up a covenant with His people, and that God enforces that covenant. The principles of that covenant are every bit as relevant after the cross as they were before it, Calvin insisted.
The Protestant Reformation transformed the western world because it held to a belief in a living, active, covenant-enforcing God. If we want to recover our cultures from ruin, we must return to Biblical principles of life, and to the God of the covenant.
John Calvin preached through the book of Deuteronomy on weekdays from March, 1555, to July, 1556. In all, he preached 200 sermons, expounding the book in detail and making applications to the social and political life of Geneva, as well as to the personal lives of her citizens.
The fifteen sermons selected here have not been seen in English since they were first translated and published in 1583. In this volume, editor James B. Jordan has revised Arthur Golding’s translation into modern English, making Calvin’s words come alive with renewed impact.
These sermons are as timely today as when they were first preached. Cultures that depart from God fall under His judgment. So says the Bible, and so said John Calvin. Cultures that obey God, however, receive His blessing. If there is a message that the Western world needs to hear at the present time, surely this is it.
As the Reformation began to consolidate in Geneva, John Calvin preached 200 sermons on the book of Deuteronomy in order to show the people the kind of Christian republic God wanted them to have. Calvin’s sermons were published in English in the 1580′s, and went through three editions. They have been highly influential in the development of English and American Christian culture. This book contains 15 sermons, those on Deuteronomy 27 and 28, which discuss the blessings and curses of the covenant. Rendered into modern English, these sermons are not only valuable in showing the though of one of the most profound shapers of the modern world, but they are also powerful reading, and will be of tremendous value to pastors, seminarians, and teachers.
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