Opening the book
The first 14 verses of this chapter remind us of the abundant blessings God would send to Israel for their obedience to Him. Look at what He promises:
First of all, Israel would be set “high above all the nations of the earth”. (Verse 1).
Blessings in the city and in the field: (Verse 3).
Blessings on the children, crops, animals/cattle and their young. (Verse 4).
Kneading trough and basket: blessed. (Verse 5).
Blessings upon the person who “goes in and out”. (Verse 6).
Heavy defeat on all enemies. (Verse 7).
Blessings in the storehouse; in work and in the land. (Verse 8).
All manner of further blessings in verses 9-14. It would be an amazing life, especially as Israel would be known in the world as the head, not the tail. Imagine what that means! Not having to kowtow to anyone. Ever. That’s the abundance of blessings of obedience.
Have we ever lived a life like that? Well, I was born in 1962, and though I’ve seen and heard some dreadful things throughout my life, including in my childhood, I always felt relatively safe living in this country.
There was a time people respected those who went to church. The Bible was welcome everywhere. No religious infighting. People were polite to each other and respected each other. Wrongdoing was properly punished in the courts, and so on. But then, especially in the 80s onwards, the slide into more and more sin became obvious.
Since then, everything has changed for the worse, and it’s all too noticeable today. I’m still counting my blessings as I still have so many of them. But life has taken a frightening turn, and the indifference I’ve had to endure whilst going through it has knocked me sideways.
There was a time when you could almost count on at least a little compassion. Now, in most cases, that is no longer true, and you wouldn’t believe the kinds of people who would turn their backs on someone in difficulty.
This is not normal. I take it as a sign of God’s great displeasure on this country. He’s sending judgement. There needs to be a repentance done. But the longer I live, the more I see repentance is far from happening.
Think 2 Timothy 3.
More from Deuteronomy in the next post.