(1) And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,Deuteronomy 30:1-5
(2) And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
(3) That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.
(4) If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
(5) And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
In the preceding verses Moses, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, has laid out the case for both blessing and curse. Blessing would come as the children of Israel obeyed and followed God. Curse would come as the children of Israel disobeyed God and forgot about Him in the way that they lived. Among the consequences of the curse was that they would be scattered abroad from the land that was promised to them. Moses begins to to list what would need to happen to be brought back into a right relationship with God. First, in verse 1, Moses states that when they are enduring being scattered amoung the nations because of their disobeidence, they should begin to hold to account the nations that take them into captivity or are present wherever they are scattered. They were to witness to the reality, holiness, and goodness of God among those nations. Second, in verse 2, Moses states that they should return to the Lord, and begin to obey the first commandments in a right way with a right attitude.
When the children of Israel would do those two things, God would respond. He would have compassion on them. He would return them back to the land that their fathers had possessed. When they were back, he would continue to bless their right hearted obedience with blessing and prosperity.
The application of blessing and consequences for the children of Israel was very specific. For disobedience they would experience scattering and exile. For obedience they would experience blessing and prosperity. The specifics here applied to them alone, but the general application for us today is the same. There are natural and God given blessings for living as He commanded, and their are natural and God driven consequences to being disobedient. God applies and allows both of these results as a loving Father. He cares too much about us to let us continue in disobedience without consequences knowing that it will destroy us. Our sin separates us from Him. At the same time, He loves us and wants to bless us for doing the right thing. He loves to give good gifts to His children.
Aren’t you thankful that there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love? Aren’t you thankful that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus? So am I!
But we must remember that even though those ultimate things are true, the expectation is still for us to be obedient to our loving Father.
(15) If ye love me, keep my commandments.
(9) As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
(10) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
- How has God blessed you because of obeying Him?
- Have you ever felt the consequences of disobedience to God?
- Is there any area of your where you need to “return to the Lord thy God, and obey His voice”?