When Moses brought Israel to the promised land, he promised Israel a blessing and a curse. And, that promise of a blessing and a curse are still active today. In fact, I believe that it is active throughout the world for all those who accept Yehovah as their God.
If you accept Yehovah as your God, and then follow what He says, you will be blessed.
However, if you claim to accept Jehovah as your God and then do NOT follow what He says, you will be cursed.
If you do neither… well, you’re on your own. Although, in the life to come, you will spend an eternity in a very unpleasant place.
But, I’m going to focus right now on God’s blessing. I’ll talk about the curse after this.
Now, when we talk about Israel being blessed, we are talking about two separate blessings. And, there’s a curse in between those blessings.
And, that second blessing?
It’s the Ezekiel Tetrad
You’ll understand more as we get into this.
The Blessing From Deuteronomy 28
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
Those of us who understand geopolitics know that the Levant (Syria, Lebanon and Israel) are the most strategic bits of real estate on the planet. It is literally the center of the Earth, and whoever controls this ground and prospers, has the opportunity to project power throughout the world. If you control the Levant, you are the land bridge between Europe, Africa and Asia.
The key is that word prosper. You can only project power, if you have power to project. If you do not have power to project… well, I did say that the Levant was a land bridge.
What happens when you are a ‘land bridge’ and you don’t have enough power to control access to that bridge?
That’s right. You get run over.
So, as we see God’s blessing upon Israel, we also see that God is placing Israel in a place where He can bless them amazingly or curse them amazingly.
2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 “Blessed shall be the [a]fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord [b]swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good [c]treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you [d]heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
When was Israel blessed like this?
We have several instances during the time of the Judges, but the best times were during King David and King Solomon. THAT era was when Israel was truly blessed. It was all downhill from there.
Was it an abrupt downhill decline?
Yes and no. There were moments of abrupt decline, but there were also moments of recovery. The moments of recovery were always times of closeness to God. The moments of decline were always times of distance from God.
And, once we hit AD 70, there are no moments of recovery. After AD 70, the curse is completely in play. But, let’s talk about the curse later.
I want to get back to the second blessing.
Notice as we get into Deuteronomy 30, that Moses begins with an assumption that the curse will happen and that Israel will have been driven out and scattered across the world.
The Blessing Returns In Deuteronomy 30
“Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you [a]call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, 2 and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.
There will come a moment in time where God will gather His people from out of the world. That moment in time will also coincide with a spiritual awakening.
What moment in time is this?
The same moment in time that is described in The Ezekiel Tetrad.
But, many of you will say that Israel has not returned to God. Many of you would say that Israel is still caught in spiritual darkness. And, I would agree.
But, let me share with you an important observation. Remember that repentance is a two stage operation. You turn away from your sin in the first stage, and you turn towards God in the second stage.
I believe that what we are seeing in Israel today is a turning away from those things that have blinded the Jews for so long. I believe that this is a time of the blinders being taken off so that they will be ready to see when the time comes.
And, the time of seeing clearly comes during that Ezekiel Tetrad that we just talked about.
4 If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. 5 Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.
And, I think that we can all truthfully say that Israel now has more power and a greater reach than Israel had during the time of King David and King Solomon. They have truly been multiplied above their fathers.
But, the important point centers on what comes next.
6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
That’s right. God will bring them into their land and will spiritually transform them. They will become true followers of Yehovah – by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
7 “Also the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.
Think of all those who are enemies of Israel today. Have ANY of them been blessed?
No. They are universally cursed.
8 And you will again obey the voice of the Lord and do all His commandments which I command you today. 9 The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the [a]fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, 10 if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
11 “For this commandment which I command you today is [b]not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
God will one day give Israel what He has given us – the ability to know and understand God. They won’t need their commentaries or their rabbis. They will only need the words of God.
It will be a fantastic time.
But, we’ve left out the curse. Let’s go talk about that now.
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