The Lord reveals the blessing and the curse

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.10.2016 Old Testament: Deu 11.29–30

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 11–13 on March 10, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord did a magnificent thing delivering the children of Israel out of Egypt and through a wilderness for 40 years. Then He readied them for another blessing when He had Moses speak to Israel, driving home the point that they had to obey Him. He let them know that obedience brought blessing and disobedience brought a curse.

When they entered the Land of Canaan, the Lord wanted Israel to have a sign of the blessing and the curse,

“Now it shall be, when the LORD your God has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. Are they not on the other side of the Jordan, toward the setting sun, in the land of the Canaanites who dwell in the plain opposite Gilgal, beside the terebinth trees of Moreh?” (Deuteronomy 11.29–30).

Part of Israel would stand on one mountain and the other part of Israel would stand on the other mountain, as Joshua read the Law to them. The Lord wanted Israel then and the church now, to know that obedience brings a blessing and disobedience brings a curse.

Questions:

  • Do you realize that the Lord knows all your actions?
  • Do you seek to obey the Lord with all your heart?
  • What do you think of those who deemphasize obedience because they say we are saved by grace?
  • Does God’s grace nullify our obedience to Him?

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