In wrath, remember mercy
We now live by grace in the Son of God Who gave His life for us. Those who have gone to Him for mercy have received it. We know God as our Father. The Lord Jesus is known to us as Friend, Brother, Bridegroom, Saviour, Lord, King. We are able, by the mercy and grace of God our Father to go boldly to the throne of grace to find help in times of need. (Hebrews 4:16, read in context). But we were warned right from the beginning to count the cost of salvation. (Luke 14:28, read in context). We are required to walk a narrow road, not the broad one everyone without Christ takes. (Matthew 7:14, read in context).
We were warned that our lives would be filled with all kinds of trouble. (John 16:33, read in context). When we see the kinds of trouble the Lord was talking about, and friends, we are living in abominable times; we sigh, we cry and we ache for the Promise. (Read 2 Peter 3:9, 14 and 15). We ask with eagerness for the Lord to return as He promised. Even though we are warned that the Day of the Lord will be dreadful, (Amos 5:18-20), we ache for it so that sin can finally be done away with. But we also know in 2 Peter 3 that we are advised: the Lord is not willing for anyone to perish in the Day of His wrath. He would prefer all to come to repentance as He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. (Ezekiel 18:32, read in context). I’ll give a further list of Scriptures to refer to later. But I would like us now to continue the walk through Deuteronomy 28.
We’ve seen the blessings in the first 14 verses, and to be honest, I’d love a life like that, where the land and the people see the blessings of God bestowed upon them. But I’m afraid that we are now living in a time that is far from seeing blessings. Many YouTube channels are now uploading films on the catastrophes that are happening, global-wide and that’s been going on for some years.
If you take the time to read the first few verses of 2 Timothy 3, you can’t avoid noticing, even in your own neighbourhoods that these things are now well in evidence. In an earlier conversation with my Mum, we realised that the things spoken of in Old Testament times are now evident in our day. The physical breaking up of the earth. Ever-present disease. Many, many heartbreaks and terrors surround the people who inhabit this planet: believers, and non-believers alike. After this study completes, I’ll have to take us all through some of the promises God gives His people, as we need lots of encouragement. But in the meantime, as we walk through from verse 15, do you see the things I see from those written curses?
Deuteronomy 28:15 onwards
God warned in verse 15 that the people of Israel would suffer terrible punishments, (curses) if they gave in to disobedience. God’s commandments and statutes were to be obeyed, without fail. This included all the offerings which were to be made for any and all sin. Some sins were so bad, people died for them.
That’s a terrible warning, but, being people, we tend rather to overlook the warnings and walk according to our own mindset. We may even get away with it for a time, but suddenly, there’s a price to pay.
Verse 16: Curses would hit people in the city; and the field; the basket and kneading bowl would also be cursed.
Now just imagine what that might look like. Cursed in the city. Today, that might look like murders; kidnappings; abductions; screaming in temper at someone in a public place; (I’ve seen that, and it’s scary). Misbehaving adults and children. That’s just a few things.
Cursed in the field. Well, you can imagine: you try to grow crops. When you come to dig up your vegetables, they either didn’t grow; got mildew; got eaten by pests; and so on. I’ve seen all of that in my own garden in past years.
But you’re a Christian. How can that be? you might ask. Friends, we were warned we’d see trouble. Because most people want to live in a country that has no God in it, these days, (just read the news), I’m afraid that the Lord has to punish that kind of behaviour. And it falls on everyone.
Righteousness exalts a nation. But sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34). Look at the damage sin is doing to our countries. If you live in a blessed one, then your government must have Christ as its Head. For the country’s sake, KEEP IT THAT WAY.
A cursed basket and kneading bowl. I thank God with all of my heart that He sees fit to ensure my husband and I always have enough to eat. Many people are struggling today. England uses food banks. That is not normal. It is not a blessing, folks. It’s the sign that something has gone dreadfully wrong when people cannot even buy themselves food. Those of us who have the things we need MUST help those we may find who are without, wherever we can. That is our concern, especially those within the family of God. Read James. All five chapters! Someone once said the book of James should be compulsory daily reading. I have no reason to doubt it.
Scripture list: covering the first paragraph
All the gospels to cover Lord and King as these names were used for Christ. He was also known as Teacher.
In the following page, we will continue with verse 17 of Deuteronomy 28.