“No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of them may enter the assembly of the Lord forever,C)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-5505C” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”> because they did not meet you with bread and with water on the way, when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. But the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam; instead the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loved you. You shall not seek their peace or their prosperity all your days forever.” Deuteronomy 23:3-6.
The law of sin and death hangs over all of our heads, and yet God has made a way of escape through the law of the spirit of life that is in Christ (Romans 8:2). God declares death over all for sin, but makes exceptions for those who seek Him and His mercy. Years after this command is given, Ruth the Moabitess will enter the genealogy of King David, and of Jesus.
Today all mankind still has the sentence of death. But pardon is also available to all who believe in the one who paid for it with His blood. And we are His ambassadors if we believe. We extend that mercy to all, even to those who reject it and are lost.