Why does God send His warnings?
When I set up this blog page, I called it “The love of God”. He loves us, folks. It does not cause Him joy when someone dies outside of Christ. He has said in His Scriptures: The Lord takes NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked, (emphasis, mine). Read Ezekiel 18:32, and take note of what He follows up with: Turn back and LIVE! (Emphasis, mine).
So all the curses He warned about was to frighten people into doing, and living, well, or, according to His law. This is the fear of the Lord we should have – especially as believers. You can go on in sin for however long it might be, and then, God’s patience begins to run out. He begins to punish the person, or persons who think they can live as they like, without caring what God thinks, or putting Him away from themselves altogether.
As we see, in our own countries, and all over the world, these days, God is not happy. He’s angry, and it’s showing. If you’re scared of this, then do something about it.
Repent, and live.
The rest of Deuteronomy 28 goes as follows, from verse 61.
He warned Israel: Every sickness and every affliction NOT recorded in this book (of the Law) will come upon you: (sent by the Lord), until you are destroyed.
Verse 62: Whereas once, you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, you shall be left FEW IN NUMBER. Why? Because of disobedience.
Look around you. Are you seeing blessings everywhere, or not?
For the rest of this chapter, God assured the Israelites that He would leave them to destruction, they would be scattered abroad, they would serve other gods, they would have no security of mind, they would suffer all kinds of depression, they would be fearful, they would wish for morning when it was evening, and vice versa, they would be enslaved.
Rebellion, my friends, is not pretty. It does not give God pleasure to bring rebuke. He would rather give pardon, because the Lord is slow to anger and abounding in mercy: (Numbers 14:18). But with this, comes the warning: He will NOT leave the guilty unpunished.
We need to wrap this up with further Scriptures, which I will bring to the next page. This page completes the series, The madness of sin. Next, we’ll look into the consequences, and the remedy. There IS a remedy. It’s wonderful – first, because when we come to Christ, we no longer live under the old Law, but we live under the new covenant, which Christ purchased for His people on the Cross. But again, be warned, there’s no point in calling Jesus “Lord” unless we are prepared to be obedient to Him.
Obedience still stands.
Sin leaves a filthy mark on us, especially if anyone is outside of Christ; but repentance brings joy in heaven. JOY, in heaven. So be encouraged.
(All emphases, mine).