-The LORD sets before the children of Israel a choice, a blessing or a curse. The blessing will come if they listen to the commandments of the LORD their God, which He had clearly given them over and over again. The curse will come if they choose not to listen to His commandments and turn aside from His way by following other gods, which they had not known (Deuteronomy 11:26-28). God expected their love and to always keep His charge (Deuteronomy 11:1). It was not burdensome. His discipline (Deuteronomy 11:2a) was designed to give them a hope and future in the land they were about to possess. His greatness, might, and actions on their behalf were quite evident, and He deserved all their glory, worship, and praise. Their own eyes had seen all the great work which the LORD had done (Deuteronomy 11:2b-7). Enemies were scattered, rebels were killed, and their safety in the wilderness was assured as He carried them. Therefore, God commands them to observe all of His laws obediently for a prolonging of days in the land sworn to their forefathers (Deuteronomy 11:8-9a). The benefits of the land “flowing with milk and honey” are delineated over the next several verses. This land was not like Egypt where they had to sow their seed and water it like in a vegetable garden. The hills of Israel would drink the water from the rain of heaven by the caring and nurturing of the LORD Himself. The eyes of God are always upon this land for His chosen people throughout the year, and if His people comply with His ways, they shall have abundant rain in its season, the early and later rain, so that they can gather in their grain, new wine, and oil in surplus. Their fields will provide grass for their livestock; they will eat and be totally satisfied (Deuteronomy 11:9b-15). These are the blessings of obedience. On the other hand, God warns them not to ever be deceived in their hearts so as to turn away from their Living God to serve and worship other gods. If this happens, and prophetically the LORD knows that it will, His anger will indeed be kindled against them; the heavens will be shut up from pouring down its rain. The ground will not yield its appointed fruit, and the people will perish quickly from this good and precious land, which the LORD had freely given them by His grace and mercy (Deuteronomy 11:16-17). Therefore, these words of His were to be impressed on the heart and soul of the populace. They were to be binded to them as a sign on their hand, frontals on their forehead, and taught to their sons as they sat in the house, wherever they walked, and when they lay down for bed and got up early in the morning. Their doorposts and city gates were to contain the word of God, literally. If they observed these requirements, their stay in the land would be multiplied. Their enemies would flee before them being driven out by the power of the Almighty if they would only be careful to keep all His commandments, love Him, walk in His ways, and hold fast to Him. Their land would stretch as promised from the border of the wilderness of Lebanon to the great Euphrates River and as far as the western Mediterranean Sea. No one would be able to stand before them because the LORD would lay His dread on their enemies just as He had guaranteed (Deuteronomy 11:18-25). After God’s pronunciation of setting before them a blessing and a curse, He appoints two mountains symbolically, Mount Gerizim gets the blessing placed on it, and Mount Ebel the curse. These were areas beyond the Jordan in the land that they were about to possess (Deuteronomy 11:29-32).
-*Application* The blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is also very evident. He saves, rescues, delivers, and provides. We are under the curse of sin until we receive His free gift of forgiveness through His atonement earned by the cross of Calvary, paid in His living blood. Don’t continue under the curse, trust Jesus and be set free with all the blessings He offers to us as saints of His Kingdom!
Verses to Memorize: Deuteronomy 11:26-28