Deuteronomy 28-29

Deuteronomy 28:2
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

It is so very good to meditate on the blessings that come from obedience. The more we meditate upon them, the more likely we are to guard ourselves from falling into disobedience.

Deuteronomy 28:14
So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

We must do everything we can to keep from turning aside from any of the words the Lord had commanded us. Nothing but trouble awaits us if we veer to the right or to the left.

Deuteronomy 28:15
15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

We must take to heart the simplicity and glory of God’s blessing in our lives in contrast to the numerous curses that will come as a result of disobedience. As I read these verses, I am reminded of how complicated our lives can get when we fail to simply obey the Lord. Not only does great peace come from obedience, but the blessing of being in a right relationship with the Lord as well. Once you experience that blessing on a consistent basis, you never want to wander off the blessed path of righteousness again.

Deuteronomy 28:57
her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.

It is unfathomable to think that God’s chosen people could engage in such horror, could resort to cannibalism. And yet, we see that this does indeed come to pass when the Babylonians come to conquer Jerusalem and take the Southern Kingdom of Judah into captivity. We read about this in the books of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

Deuteronomy 29:5
And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet.

I have always been really blessed by this verse. Here the Israelites are wandering through the wilderness for a period of forty years because of disobedience and unbelief and yet the Lord loves them so much that he makes sure that their clothes and sandals don’t wear out. Jesus said in Matthew 6 that we are not to worry about clothing and food, because the Lord will care for us. I think of all of the times that I deserved punishment, but I received provision from God instead. Wow!

Deuteronomy 29:29
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

It is wonderful to think that these secret things, which even the prophets sought to understand, have been revealed to us through our faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us in Matthew 13:16-17, “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. you hear, and did not hear it.”


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