Good Morning Bible Journal fiends. Today we will be reading Deuteronomy 28. This chapter has 68 verses in it. The first 14 verses provides us insights of the many blessings you will have when you fully obey the Lords commands. The next 54 verses cover the curses that will be faced when you disobey the Lord. Looking at these verses helps me to understand the heading Loud and Clear. It seems like we would be able to obey. Yet, after reading this chapter my next step was to figure out how I apply this chapter to my life. God what are you telling us? For myself, I’m able to look at all the amazing things that God has provided. Many blessings through faith filled relationships, physical needs being met, healings in the midst of pain, a heart transformation, and ultimately a true relationship with God. All the good in our lives can always point back to God. “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. – Deuteronomy 28:1
On the other hand, all the bad things can often point to myself and my selfish desires. This can include pain that I have caused to others, my many years of confusion about life, seeking short term pleasures through worldly substitutes… these can all point back to me, and my selfish desires to fulfill my own will. When I don’t obey. 15 “But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.
In Deuteronomy 28 Moses tells us through the use of repetition similar to what Lynden was saying yesterday with Dora cartoon connection ( have small kids too) What God desires from us and what will happen when do and don’t obey. Moses is telling the Israelites, and us, that God has always provided and always will. These first 14 verses tells of the blessings of walking in covenant with our Lord. Moses also reminds us of our disobedience. This choice is ours. God loves us, He sent his only son to wash away all our sins. That even in our sinful nature, Gods love is always present for us. For me this covenant language can be easy to read through, underline, highlight, and reflect on but, I need more than doing that . It has to be in my heart. Because when I just write it and not put it into my heart, I can easily forget. Deuteronomy 6:6 reminds me 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Our small group is starting a 4 week study on family discipleship. One of our first goals is to focus on our modeling. Jim Probst shared a story before that has stuck with me for years. Him and some other guys were meeting and thinking of ways to honor God. Many people had great ideas of serving, additional financial giving, possible additional mission trips. One gentleman said, ” I just want to obey. ” In Luke 11:28 Jesus reminds us that, “28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
There was a Promise Land that the Israelites were looking for then, there is a Promise Land for us now. In the midst of our lives, God has provided for us a way to get to this Promise Land. His love for us is always there, our its our choice to be obedient and remain faithful. To know and apply this obedience into our lives we need to make His words an integral part of everyday of our lives. Think about the Parable of the Sower. 18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Loud and clear, there are blessings and curses based on our faithfulness.
- Pray continually – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- Set our minds on things from above. Colossians 3:2
- Let the message of Christ dwell among us. Colossians 3:16
Dear God, Thank you for your living word that we can be in every day. Create in us a soil that will take your words to grow closer to you. We love you and pray for obedience and faithfulness to you.