I am overwhelmed today at the number of times blessings, obedience, curses, and disobedience are mentioned in these two chapters. Does this apply today?? IMHO the way it DOES apply today is by our PERSONAL CHOICE to either confess and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord (blessings for obedience) or a PERSONAL CHOICE NOT to believe IN HIM (curses for disobedience). With EVERY ACTION there is an EQUAL and OPPOSITE REACTION. Sometimes we see the consequences of our actions immediately ….. sometimes we spend a lifetime thinking we “got by with things”. However, in God’s perfect timing… the consequences for our actions will happen.
My prayer for each person reading this today comes from Deuteronomy 29:4-6, but in reverse of the way it is written. My prayer is that the LORD will give each of us a mind that understands HIM, eyes that see HIM and ears that HEAR HIM today… this minute… right now.
I often hear nonbelievers say — “Well if this God of yours is SO LOVING AND SO POWERFUL WHY…. WHY does HE allow or make all this disease, cancer, drought, pestilence, starvation, hate, natural disasters happen?? IF HE is REAL and is SO loving and so powerful then WHY doesn’t HE fix it NOW????”
God did NOT cause all the bad that is happening in our world to happen… unfortunately …. WE DID… WE ..as a people…. did it.. caused it… through our OWN disobedience. Just look at all the things going on in our Nation and in our World today!! God sums it up in both the OT and the NT
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deut 6:4)
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37)
Chapter 28 — Blessings for obedience are in verses 1-14. Here are a few things that stood out to me from this portion:
IF you FULLY OBEY the LORD (Yehovah) YOUR GOD (Elohiym — PLURAL— signifying the TRINITY) and carefully follow HIS commands, I GIVE YOU TODAY…. ALL these blessings:
- Blessings for obedience
- Peace, prosperity, success
- Blessings where ever you go … coming and going
- Blessings for your womb
- Blessings for your crops, livestock, bread
- Enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you…. they will come at you from ONE direction but flee from you in SEVEN directions!!
- Bless everything you put your hands to
- Establish HIS Holy people
- Open the heavens and send rain in season and bless your hands
- Lend money but never borrow from anyone
- Make you the head and not the tail
- Always be above and not below
NOW THAT”S WHAT I WANT.. How about you??? AND we can have it through Jesus Christ 🙂
Curses for Disobedience are listed in verses 15-68. HOWEVER, IF you do NOT obey the LORD YOUR GOD and do NOT carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you… (OUCH)
- Cursed by your country, lack food, children, crops, livestock
- Cursed in all your comings and goings
- Confusion and rebuke in EVERY thing you put your hand to
- Disease, fever, inflammation, scorching heat and drought, blight and mildew.
- Boils of Egypt, tumors, festering sores and the itch from which there will be no cure.
- Confusion of mind
- Afflictions in the body
- Sow much but harvest little
- The alien will rise above you higher and higher and you will sink lower and lower
- The Lord will scatter you among all nations from one end of the earth to the other. (This verse is a sever warning which tragically will come true when Israel is defeated and carried away into captivity by Assyria in 722 BC, and Judah to Babylonia in 586 BC …. stay tuned we will read about it in future readings.)
- The Lord will give you an anxious minds, eyes– weary with longing, despairing hearts,and living in constant suspense.
All I can say is THANK YOU JESUS that you came for a sinner like me!!!
Chapter 29 — The third of Moses’ addresses begins in this chapter. God reminds HIS people that HE did all HE did (the plagues in Egypt, allowing the OLD generation to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until that generation had died out because they would NOT enter the Promised Land) so they might KNOW that “I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD”. Their 11 day trip became 40 years!! I wonder if the old sitcom called Gilligan’s Island was based on this basic idea…. “they went on a 3 hour tour…but the weather started getting rough.. the tiny ship was lost…if not for the courage of the fearless crew the Minnow would be lost….”???? And WHO knows how long the Minnow was lost??? I think forever 🙂
In verse 14 God is making THIS covenant with its oath, not only with you who are standing here with us today in the presence of the LORD OUR GOD, but also with those who are not here today!! Do you realize this verse is talking about YOU AND ME???? He made the covenant with US before we were EVER created!! 🙂 WOW!!!
Verse 18 states “…be sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison.” This is repeated again in Hebrews (the book that tells me that the men should make the coffee in the mornings — he… brews 🙂 ) 12:15 “See to it that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”
You may ask “What is a root of bitterness?” Did you ever make a statement when you were young such as “I will NEVER be like that person.” “I will NEVER treat people the way he/she treated me.” “I will NEVER…” or “I will ALWAYS…” can become inner vows we make with ourselves. Yet as we grow we may have forgotten we even made these bitter root judgments … yet they can destroy our lives and anyone with us. They can be confessed, and healed by our sweet Lord Jesus Christ. However… we first have to recognize and confess so they can be healed.
Look at the the last part of this chapter beginning with verse 24:
24 All the nations will ask: “Why has the Lord done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?”
25 And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt. 26 They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them. 27 Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book. 28 In furious anger and in great wrath the Lord uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now.”
As we read the Bible further we will see how the Lord’s people disobey HIM continually. We will eventually read how God scattered HIS people throughout the earth. We can EVEN see today what is standing on the ground where the Temple Solomon built was torn down and a MOSQUE stands there TODAY. So… when people ask why…. you will now exactly WHY.
29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
God still has many secrets HE has chosen not to reveal to us. An example of this is that EVEN JESUS does NOT know when HE will return again…. ONLY the Father knows. God KNOWS us and knows that our finite minds could not handle all HE knows; some things are not necessary for us to know, and God knows He had told us what we need to know. He has told us great blessings that will come from obeying HIM. Yet…. even with this knowledge of HIS Word…. our WILL still will disobey. Disobedience is an act of our will… a choice. Have you given your life to Christ? Do we reach out to those starving around us? Do we notice the hurting people around us and try to reach out? Do we allow ourselves to become HIS hands and feet to honor HIM and serve those in need around us?
Sharing HIS love,