March 15, 2019: SOAP #3389:  Deuteronomy 28-29; Galatians 6 Scripture:  Deuteronomy (NIV) 28:1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands that I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and […]

March 15, 2019: SOAP #3389: Deuteronomy 28-29; Galatians 6

Scripture:  Deuteronomy (NIV) 28:1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands that I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: 3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

Observation:   Moses was repeating God's promises for the nation of Israel.   What amazing blessings were promised if they obeyed the Lord and kept His commands.  What a good God they served!   Was He able to bless them?   Absolutely.   God had proved that in their personal history!     Was God able to keep His promises to bless them?   Absolutely!  

But one must read on:   God had more to say.   '15 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: 16 You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country. '   The same God who promised the blessings, also promised the curses!    

Application:  People who claim to be God's children, and whoclaim God's promises, need to pay attention to all His promises!   If we know God, we know that He is as holy asHe is loving!   As a nation, we haveexperienced both God's blessings and judgment. God was honored in the founding of our nation and we were blessed withgrowth.  God was dishonored in slaveryand we experienced a civil war.  We havebeen a great force for spreading and financing the gospel around the world andour economy has been blessed.  We havemurdered 70 million children formed in God's image and God is invading ournation with an army of illegal immigrants. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, you are faithful to your characterand to your word.  You were faithful indealing with Israel.  You are faithful indealing with the USA!  And you arefaithful in dealing with me!  May I befaithful to you and to your Word.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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