God’s Word of Promise
Deuteronomy 28:1-14: Today’s reading describes the blessings the people will receive if they obey God and faithfully keep his commands.
The Blessings of Obedience
(Leviticus 26.3-13; Deuteronomy 7.12-24)
1 “If you obey the Lord your God and faithfully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, he will make you greater than any other nation on earth. 2Obey the Lord your God and all these blessings will be yours:
3“The Lord will bless your towns and your fields.
4“The Lord will bless you with many children, with abundant crops, and with many cattle and sheep.
5“The Lord will bless your grain crops and the food you prepare from them.
6“The Lord will bless everything you do.
7“The Lord will defeat your enemies when they attack you. They will attack from one direction, but they will run from you in all directions.
8“The Lord your God will bless your work and fill your barns with grain. He will bless you in the land that he is giving you.
9“If you obey the Lord your God and do everything he commands, he will make you his own people, as he has promised. 10Then all the peoples on earth will see that the Lord has chosen you to be his own people, and they will be afraid of you. 11The Lord will give you many children, many cattle, and abundant crops in the land that he promised your ancestors to give you. 12He will send rain in season from his rich storehouse in the sky and bless all your work, so that you will lend to many nations, but you will not have to borrow from any. 13The Lord your God will make you the leader among the nations and not a follower; you will always prosper and never fail if you obey faithfully all his commands that I am giving you today. 14But you must never disobey them in any way, or worship and serve other gods.
Today’s Key Verse: Deuteronomy 28:9
[Moses said:] “If you obey the LORD your God and do everything he commands, he will make you his own people, as he has promised.”
The blessings outlined in today’s reading are in contrast to the consequences of disobedience listed later in the chapter, in verses 15-68. Such blessings and consequences were often included in ancient treaties to assure that both sides would act according to the terms of the treaty. What does God promise in return for the people’s obedience? What does obeying the LORD’s commands mean to you? In what ways have you been blessed?
Lord God, I thank and praise you for the many ways you continue to bless me. Today I especially thank you for ____________________________________. Teach me to be faithful to your commands. Amen.
Deuteronomy 29:1-29: Moses tells the people that they must keep their covenant with God.