The Blessings and Cursings of Deuteronomy reveal both God's good intent toward His people and their evil response toward His goodness. "Life is good" for those who love and obey Him. "Life is bad, very bad indeed" for those who disobey Him.
"Life is good" - God's heart to do good to and for His people is revealed through the blessing statements, "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God" (Deut. 28:2). The store rooms of heaven burst forth in abundance toward those who obey Him. Moses lists four basic areas of blessings and then elaborates upon the benefits of those blessings (28:3-6):
God purposes to bless His people because His commands are right and good. Obedience places God's people in the way of blessing, while disobedience carries them off of that path and into the way of destruction.
"Life is bad, very bad indeed" for those whose disobedience takes them onto the path of judgment. God warns Israel of the consequences of continued disobedience. Not only does God withhold blessings, but He promises that evil will "come upon you and overtake you" (28:15). Moses lists four basic areas of cursing and elaborates extensively regarding those cursings (28:15-68):
The blessings and cursings reveal two basic truths:
Two opposing paths weave their way throughout the Biblical narrative: the way of life and the way of death; the way of truth and the way of deception; the narrow way and the broad way. Every generation and every person chooses one path or the other. Blessing or cursing. Obedience or disobedience.
What attitude does giving the tithe communicate about provisions and God?
Why were the people of Israel to build an altar of whitewashed stones on Mount Ebal?
Make a list of the consequences of disobedience in chapter 28 and compare it with the blessing and cursings given forty years earlier. What heart attitude toward God does long-term disobedience reflect? (hint: 28:47)
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