In today’s passage, Moses is starting to wrap up his lessons and instructions by giving the people of Israel a warning and an ultimatum. Chapter 28 is about what will happen if they obey, and what will happen if they disobey. Verse 1 summarizes the first half of the passage well:
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.”(verse 1)
Verses 1 through 14 explain the blessings that would come upon them from the Lord if they “faithfully obey”. This stressed the importance of God’s commands and highlights the fact that they could not earn or merit God’s goodness. The true desire to obey and worship the Lord should be the evidence for wanting to have a right relationship with God and their true faith in His sovereign power.
The blessings described impact every part of their lives. When the Lord showers His blessings and goodness, not a single part of their existence would be unaffected. His favor was on His people! And God wanted the other nations of the world to see it. Israel was to be an example of His power and dominion over the entire world, and a witness to other nations that worshipped false gods. How could they compare their idols to the one true and living God?
The way we live and obey should also be an example to those around us. There should be fruit in our lives, visible evidence of a heart transformed by Christ. This should affect our speech, our interactions, our attitudes, and how our time is spent.
Does your life point to God’s goodness? What can you thank God for today?
By: Kaitlin White — East Campus Preschool Director