Deuteronomy 27-30 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Some people try to take the instructions and promises to Israel and apply them without distinction to the church today. What we have to realize is that Jesus changes things! When God was dealing with the nation of Israel many of the promises to them were physical and material. “If you obey, I will bless you with children, herds, fruit and bread.” The promises to us in the New Testament era are more spiritual in nature. If we follow God we will experience His presence along with His love, joy, and peace. Now, we may also experience some earthly blessings, since following Him can keep us out of a lot of trouble! But that isn’t necessarily promised to us. Unfortunately some ministries try to claim that we will be healthy and wealthy if we follow God properly. We need to remember that “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). We live for Him now knowing that we still have our full inheritance waiting for us.

1 Peter 1:3-9 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Have you ever wondered about the blessings and cursings in Deuteronomy 27? The area formed a natural amphitheater, and with the congregation reciting and responding from one side to the other it must have been quite amazing!

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