How to Live in God’s Blessings

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Pastor Scott L. Harris

Grace Bible Church, NY

November 11, 2007

How To Live in God’s Blessing

Deuteronomy

Introduction

I think that it is safe to say that everyone would like to live in God’s
blessings rather than His curses. The ways in which people seek to secure that
are as varied as the colors in a rainbow. People have developed all sorts of
religious and philosophical systems upon which they base their ethical standards
by which they hope to experience blessings in life. Even atheists seek to ensure
this in their own twisted way by denying there is a God so that they will not
suffer any of His curses. But since denial does not remove reality, they will
still be held accountable and face God’s judgements.

The first step in gaining God’s blessing is removing ourselves from His
judgement, and the Bible is clear on how to do that. Even last week we saw that
in how the Lord dealt with the sons of Israel as they wandered in the
wilderness. (See:

Numbers
) The Lord brought judgement upon those that willfully sinned in
defiance of His commands and instructions, but He forgave those that repented
and sought His mercy and grace. The sacrificial system itself was a continual
reminder of both the high cost of sin, for an animal had to die, and learning to
trust God’s promises to receive His mercy through a substitute offering. The
animal itself was not sufficient to take away sin, so no one could demand God
accept them based on any animal sacrifice (Psalm 40:6-8; 51:16-17). Forgiveness
was based in the person’s faith and in the Lord and not in the sacrifice itself.
(See:

The Sacrificial System
– 10/21/07).

The second step of living in God’s blessings is obedience to His commands and
instructions. We will see that very thing today in our study of the book of
Deuteronomy. If you walk in obedience to the Lord, you will be blessed. If you
walk in defiance to His commands, you will be cursed.

Overview

The name "Deuteronomy" means "second law" for in it Moses repeats the Law of
God to the second generation that had come out of Egypt. It has been 40 years,
10 ½ months since they left Egypt. It is just shy of 40 years since God cursed
all those 20 and older of the first generation to wander in the wilderness and
die there because they had grumbled against the Lord and refused to obey His
command to go up and take the land (Deuteronomy 1:26-40). Now it was their
children, the very ones they feared would be taken as plunder, that were now
encamped and ready to cross the Jordan and begin the conquest of the rest of the
lands starting with Jericho.

Moses wanted them to be prepared not only for what lay ahead in conquering
the land, but even more importantly, how they were to live in that land once
they had conquered it. He wanted them to know how they could live in God’
blessings and avoid His curses. He did this by first giving them a brief
recounting of their history in chapters 1-4. Next, Moses went over the
stipulations of God’s covenant with them explaining both general and specific
laws the Lord had placed upon them (Deuteronomy 5-26). Then Moses detailed both
the blessing they would receive if they were obedient as well as the curses that
would come upon them if they were disobedient to the Lord (Deuteronomy 27-30).
The book ends with Moses’ final words including his commissioning of Joshua, his
song of warning and his blessings on each tribe. That section concludes with
Moses’ death on Mount Nebo and being buried by the Lord, and Joshua assuming
command.


Their History (Deuteronomy 1-4)

It is important to know where you came from in order to know where you are
going, otherwise you could end up back where you started from. That is as true
in the progress of a nation as it is in physical directions. Moses gives them a
brief history lesson to explain why they were where they were that day and what
they were to accomplish in the future. Moses started with the command God gave
about a year after they had left Egypt to go up and conquer the land promised to
their forefathers (Deut. 1:7-8). However, after the land was spied out the
report by ten of the spies about the large and strong people in the land
discouraged them and led them to rebel against the Lord’s command despite all
they had seen the Lord do in Egypt and the pleading by Moses, Joshua and Caleb
to trust the Lord (Deut. 1:19-33). The result was that all in that generation 20
years and older were cursed to wander in the wilderness for 40 years and die
there (Deut. 1:34-46).

Those years had passed and they had now passed through the lands of their
relatives the Edomites, the Moabites and the Ammonites, whom they were not to
harass or provoke, and they were to pay for any food or water they used (Deut.
2:1-25). They had also already conquered the nations east of the Jordan that
were part of God’s promise to them. This included the lands of the Ammorites,
Bashan and Gilead (Deut. 2:26-3:11). The people in those lands were to be
utterly destroyed because of their wickedness and abominations (Deut. 9:4,5;
12:31. See also Genesis 15:16). Those lands were given to Reuben, Gad and
Manasseh as their possession (Deut. 3:12-17)

Just as the Lord had enabled them to conquer these lands, so the Lord would
enable them to conquer the remaining lands, for the Lord would fight for them
(Deut. 3:22; 20:4). He would also protect the families of Reuben, Gad and
Manasseh as their fighting men went with the rest of the tribes to conquer the
remaining lands.

Moses concluded the history lesson in chapter 4 with a call for them to heed
its lessons and obey the statutes and judgement of the Lord so that they "may
live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your
fathers, is giving you"
(Deut. 4:1). Even that generation had seen with
their own eyes the Lord’s judgements on those that sinned against the Lord as
had happened at Baal-Peor and the Lord killed 24,000 of them because of their
sacrifice to false gods. They were not only to be diligent in remembering these
lessons themselves, but they were also to teach them to the generations that
would follow them. They were not to make any graven images or idol to worship
for if they did then they would not live long in the land but would be scattered
instead (Deut. 4:15-28). There only hope would be to repent and seek the Lord
again for He is compassionate and would not destroy them or forget His covenant
with them (Deut. 4:29-31). The gods of the nations could not compare with the
Lord, for He alone is God in heaven above and on the earth below and there is no
other (Deut. 4:32-34). Moses concluded saying, "So you shall keep His
statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well
with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the
land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time"
(Deut. 4:40).


The Stipulations of the Covenant (Deuteronomy 5-26)

Deuteronomy is quoted in the New Testament 54 times. Only the Psalms (79
times) are quoted more. Forty four of those quotes are taken from this section
in which Moses explains the stipulations of the covenant and the Law of God.

The Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5)

Moses summoned all of Israel again and explained the covenant the Lord had
made with them. He began by recounting the Ten Commandments that the Lord has
spoken to all the people when they were at Mount Sinai. They were not to have
any other god before the Lord. They were not to make any idols or graven images
to worship or serve them because the Lord is a jealous God who would visit
iniquity on those who hate Him, but lovingkindness on those who love Him and
keep His commandments. They were not to take the name of the Lord in vain. They
were to observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. They were to honor their father
and mother. They were not to murder, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness
or covet anything of their neighbor’s (Deut. 5:6-21). Each of these commandments
are repeated in the New Testament for Christians to follow except keeping the
Sabbath (see:

The Ten Commandments
– 9/30/07). Moses explained the benefit of
observing and walking in the Lord’s commandments without turning aside to the
right or left. It was so "that you may live, and that it may be well with
you, and that you may prolong [your] days in the land which you shall possess"

(Deut. 5:32,33).

The Great Commandment (Deuteronomy 6)

Prosperity was directly related to their knowing and following the Lord. This
was not just for them but also for the generations to follow. How were the
generations to follow to learn these truths? Deuteronomy 6:4-9 explains.
"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 "And you shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your
might. 6 "And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your
heart; 7 and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them
when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down
and when you rise up. 8 "And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they
shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 "And you shall write them on the
doorposts of your house and on your gates."

The responsibility to teach the next generation about God and how to walk in
His commands falls upon the parents. First, they had to understand God
correctly. Verses 4 & 5 are called the shema, which means "hear." That statement
itself reveals the plural nature of the Lord for it says, "The Lord (Yahweh –
singular) is our God (Elohim – plural), the Lord (Yahweh – singular) is one. The
Lord is a plural unity. This is backed up by the plurals used all the way back
in Genesis 1:26 in that God said, "Let us (plural) make man in our (plural)
image." The plural nature of the one Lord is throughout the Old and New
Testament. May favorite passage for this in the Old Testament is Isaiah 48:16 in
which the One who is the first and the last and the founder of the earth is sent
by the Lord God and His Spirit. All three persons of the divine Godhead
expressed distinctly in one passage.

Second, they had to love the Lord God properly. It was to be with all their
heart, soul and might. Jesus said this the great and foremost commandment
(Matthew 12:30,31). Every other commandment is dependent upon this one.

Third, not only this great commandment, but all the other commandments Moses
was going to give them were to be on the hearts of each one of them. You cannot
teach someone something that is not part of you. If you attempt to do so all
that will be seen is the hypocrisy resulting in a rejection of the lesson.
Having it on your heart does not mean that you will be perfect in carrying it
out, but it does mean that it is your desire and any failing to carry it out
will result in repentance and a further striving. It is repentance and humility
that keeps us from being hypocrites in declaring the truth of God even when we
fail to keep it ourselves (See Romans 7:14-25).

Fourth, the lessons about God and His commandments are to be taught
diligently. It is not going to occur by simple proximity and osmosis. If you do
not point out what you are thinking and why you are doing what you are doing
others are not going to know. If you do not point out the character of God and
tell others what He commands concerning the situation you are facing they will
remain in ignorance. Don’t assume others, especially your children, know what
you know and know what you are thinking. You are to train them by making the
conscious effort to tell them about God and explain His will to them.

Fifth, the lessons about God and His commandments are to be taught in the
various situations that occur throughout daily life. They were not to be
regulated to some classroom time as is often the practice in western societies
because we tend to follow a Greek mindset in education. It really is not about
gaining intellectual knowledge and being able to regurgitate that on a test. It
is not about gaining academic degrees. We need the Hebrew mindset that a lesson
is not learned until you can actually do it, and in this context it means that
your relationship with God and obedience to Him is demonstrated in every area of
daily life. You are to take advantage of each situation of daily life. You are
to talk about God and His will in all the things that come up from the time you
get up until you go to bed. You also create opportunities as you walk by
purposely going to a place, a situation, in which you can teach them a lesson
you know they need to learn.

Sixth, you set up reminders for yourself and for your children so that God’s
law is continually guiding you. That is why it was to be as a sign on your hand
and a frontal on your forehead and have them written on your doorpost and gates.
That part of the command was not supposed to degenerate into phylacteries and
mezuzahs that are displayed outwardly. What is written in them is supposed to be
displayed outwardly by your life – "The Lord is our God. The Lord is one! And
you shall love the Lord your god with all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your might!

Warnings and Promises (Deuteronomy 7-11)

In chapters 7-11 Moses gives them warnings and promises. Warnings about the
spiritual dangers they would face when they went into the land. Warnings about
the consequences if they turned to follow the evil practices and religions of
the people they were replacing. Promises about God’s goodness to them.

Among the dangers they would face would be pride that they were somehow
superior to all other people. Moses corrected that by pointing out in
Deuteronomy 7:7-8 that "The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you
because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest
of all peoples, 8 but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He
swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand, and
redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt."

Moses added in Deuteronomy 9:4-5, "Do not say in your heart when the Lord
your God has driven them out before you, ‘Because of my righteousness the Lord
has brought me in to possess this land, ‘but [it is] because of the wickedness
of these nations [that] the Lord is dispossessing them before you. 5 "It is not
for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going
to possess their land, but [it is] because of the wickedness of these nations
[that] the Lord your God is driving them out before you, in order to confirm the
oath which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

They were not in any way a superior people deserving of the Lord’s blessings,
for they were in fact a stubborn and rebellious people (9:6; 31:27). They
received the Lord’s blessings only because He choose to set His love on them and
fulfill His promises to their forefathers.

Another danger would be the influence of the people they were displacing.
Deuteronomy 7:22 says, "And the Lord your God will clear away these nations
before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly,
lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you"
(See also Exodus 23:29-30).
The Lord would intervene so that Israel would conquer the lands (Deuteronomy
7:17-24; 11:22-23), but it would be over time, and during that transition they
had to be very careful not to be influenced by them. They were not to make any
covenant with them, intermarry with them, follow their practices or serve their
gods (Deuteronomy 7:2-5, 25-26).

Moses also reminded them of all the Lord’s good care of them while they were
in the wilderness. During that entire time their clothes did not wear out and
their feet did not swell (8:4). He fed them with manna as both a test of their
obedience and also so that they would learn "that man does not live by bread
alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord"

(Deuteronomy 8:3). He would also provide for them in the good lands into which
they were going if they were careful to follow the Lord. They would be blessed
if they obeyed and cursed if they did not (Deuteronomy 11:26-28). What the Lord
required of them is stated in Deuteronomy 10:12-13, "And now, Israel, what
does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk
in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul, 13 [and] to keep the Lord’s commandments and His
statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?"
They were to
circumcise their hearts and stiffen their necks no more because of the very
character of the Lord, the great and mighty and awesome God that is Lord of
lords, does not show partiality, nor take a bribe, but executes justice for even
the orphan and widow and shows love even for the alien by giving him food and
clothing (Deuteronomy 10:16-18).

Laws about Worship (Deuteronomy 12-16)

In chapters 12-16 Moses reminded them "you are a holy people to the Lord
your God; and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out
of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth"
and so they needed to
follow the Lord’s laws concerning worship. Moses recounted the laws of the
sanctuary, of sacrifices and being ceremonially clean (Deuteronomy 12 & 14).
They were to keep the Sabbaths and the sabbatic years as well as the various
feasts including the Feast of Passover, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of
Booths (Deuteronomy 15 -16). He also sternly warned them again about idolatry
and that anyone that sought to lead them astray in any manner after another god
was to be put to death even if it was their own family or friend (Deuteronomy
13).

Laws on Justice & Morality (Deuteronomy 17-25)

A holy people are to live in a holy manner so Moses also recounted aspects of
God’s moral laws. We covered many of these when going over Leviticus (See:

God’s Moral Standards
), but Moses expands in several areas in
Deuteronomy. For example, in chapter 17 he explains again the importance of
justice and that one witness is insufficient to establish the truth in court, so
there would need to be two or three. Moses goes further on this subject in also
setting forth a law for future kings that would be set up after they established
themselves in the land. Kings were to be from among their own countrymen. They
were not to multiply horses lest they trust their own military might instead of
the Lord. They were not to multiply wives lest they turn his heart from the
Lord. They were also not to multiply silver and gold. The king was to write a
copy of God’s law and then read it all the days of his life so that he would
live by it lest his heart be lifted up (Deuteronomy 17:14-20). This would also
prevent injustice.

In Deuteronomy 18 Moses expands on the laws against spiritism and also
explains how to test a prophet. The occultic practices of the nations was one of
the reasons God was going to drive out those nations before Israel. Passing
children through the fire, divination, witchcraft, omens, sorcery, casting
spells, and the use of mediums were all detestable before the Lord and those who
practiced them were to be put to death.

There would be future prophet that would be like Moses that God would speak
through and they were to listen and heed him. However, they needed a way to
distinguish him from the false prophets that would come, so Moses set up a
simple twofold test. Any one that spoke in the name of any other god was false
and was to be put to death. Any one that made a prophesy that did not come true
was presumptuous and so was also a false prophet. They were not be afraid of
him, and they were to put him to death (Deuteronomy 18:14-22). (Imagine if
modern preachers and self-proclaimed prophets were held to this standard).

Deuteronomy 19 covers laws concerning cities of refuge, justice for the
manslayer, landmarks and testimonies while Deuteronomy 20 gives the laws
concerning warfare. The laws of warfare determined who was going to go into
battle and what was to be done to their enemies. Interesting enough, only those
who were brave and did not have particular obligations were to fight. They were
to utterly destroy everything in the cities of the Hittite, Amorite, Canaanite,
Perizzite, Hivite and Jebusite because of their detestable practices and worship
of false gods (Deuteronomy 20:16-18). However, when they were at war with other
nations they were to follow particular rules of engagement and conquest
including seeking to make peace first.

Deuteronomy 21 covers investigation of a murder by an unknown assailant,
domestic relations, incorrigible children and the sign of being cursed. Parents
who had incorrigible children were to bring them before the elders and explain
that their son is stubborn, rebellious, disobedient, a glutton and a drunkard,
and then the men of the city were to stone him to death and remove the evil from
among them (vs. 18-21). The body of a person executed for their sin was to be
hung on a tree and then taken down before nightfall. All those that hang on a
tree show they have been cursed by God. Paul cites this passage in Galatians
3:13 pointing out that "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having
become a curse for us."

Deuteronomy 22 covers a variety of laws including care for lost property,
cross dressing, care for nature, building safety, adultery and rape. Deuteronomy
23 explains not only who would be excluded from the assembly for various
reasons, but also that not keeping a vow is a sin and the rules for eating out
of someone else’s field or vineyard.

The first four verses of Deuteronomy 24 are referenced quite a few times in
the New Testament because they cover the laws of divorce. (See sermon on
divorce) This is a passage that seems to be wrongly interpreted and applied more
often than not. It neither promotes or justifies divorce, but it does demand
that the proper certificate is issued as a protection for the woman, and it
declares that it is an abomination for a woman divorced and remarried to ever go
back to the first husband. (See:

Dangers of Divorce
and

What God Says About Divorce
) This chapter also covers pledges,
kidnapping, leprosy, loans, oppression of hired servants, widows and orphans,
individual guilt and gleaning. Chapter 25 continues with laws on the limits of
physical punishment, a kinsman redeemer, and just weights for business.

Laws on Entering the Land (Deuteronomy 26)

Chapter 26 details the specific offerings required for when they first
established themselves in the land and then concludes with Moses’ call for them
to do all these statutes, for they were a consecrated people to the Lord.


Curses & Blessings (Deuteronomy 27-30)

After detailing the various statutes, Moses directed them to prepare a large
stone upon which the words of the law were to be written down. These would then
be set up on Mount Ebal after they crossed the Jordan river. Then half of the
tribes would stand on Mount Girizim for the blessing and half of the tribes
would stand on Mount Ebal for the curses. The blessings and curses would be read
by the Levites and all the people were then to respond with the "Amen."

Curses on Mount Ebal (Deuteronomy 27)

The curses were to be on those who made an idol, those who dishonored their
father or mother, those who moved their neighbors boundary mark, those who
mislead the blind, those you distorted justice, those you committed sexual sin,
those who would strike a neighbor in secret, those who accepted bribes and those
that would not confirm the words of the law by doing them.

Blessings on Mount Gerizim (Deuteronomy 28)

The blessings were to be on those who obeyed the Lord, whether in the city or
the country. The offspring of their body, of their produce and of their beasts
would be blessed as would their basket and kneading bowl. They would be blessed
when they came in and when they went out. Their enemies would be defeated and
flee. Their barns and all that they did would be blessed. They would be
established as the Lord’s holy people so that they would be called by the name
of the Lord, and all the peoples of the earth would be afraid of them. They
would abound in prosperity and receive the rains in their seasons so that they
would lend, but not borrow. They would be the head and not the tail, above and
not underneath. All they needed to do was listen to and carefully observe the
Lord’s commandments and not turn away from them or go after other gods to serve
them.

If they did not, then there would be severe consequences and every point of
blessing would become a curse. They would be cursed in their cities, in the
country, going in and coming out. Their basket, kneading bowl, offspring,
produce and herds would all be cursed. Pestilence would cling to them and the
Lord would smite them with consumption, fevers, inflammations, fiery heat, the
sword, blight and mildew along with the boils of Egypt, tumors, scab and itch,
madness, blindness and bewilderment of heart. The rain would be withheld. Their
enemies would be victorious so that others would enjoy their work. Their
children would go into slavery. They would serve a foreign king and foreign
gods. The would go lower and lower and be the tail and underneath. As pointed
out in Leviticus 26, the longer they remained in rebellion the worse the curses
would become. They would be invaded and besieged resulting famine so severe they
would resort to cannibalism. The plagues and sicknesses would get worse and they
would get the diseases of Egypt until the remnant would be few in number and
they would be carried off to captivity where they would receive no rest and
would despair of soul with their lives hanging in doubt. All because they would
not follow the Lord’s commands.

The Covenant & Hope (Deuteronomy 29-30)

The Lord made a covenant with them on the plains of Moab that they and those
what would follow them would be established as the people of the Lord just as He
swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Moses once again warned the about disobeying
the Lord’s commandments and the judgements that would fall on the generations to
come when they did, but Moses also gave them hope as detailed in chapter 30.

Even in the midst of captivity, if they would return to the Lord and obey Him
with all their heart and soul He would have compassion and restore them and
regather them to the land and bless them there. The curses that had been upon
them would be inflicted upon their enemies.

Moses called on them to choose life in God’s blessing after pointing out in
Deuteronomy 30:11-14, "For this commandment which I command you today is not
too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. 12 "It is not in heaven, that you
should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear
it, that we may observe it?’ 13 "Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say,
‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may
observe it?’ 14 "But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart,
that you may observe it.
"

Obedience to God’s commands is not out of reach because there is within it
the means to repent from failure and receive forgiveness from a gracious and
merciful God.


Conclusions.

The book of Deuteronomy concludes with Moses’ final counsel and the
commission of Joshua along with the song Moses taught the people as a warning
against turning away from the Lord, and finally, Moses blessings upon each
tribe. At the age of 120 Moses was still clear of eye and full of vigor and the
Lord let him see the promised land from the top of Mount Nebo before his death.
The Lord then buried Moses there in the valley in an unknown place. The people
mourned Moses for thirty days and then Joshua was ready to lead the people in
the conquest of the land God had promised them. They would live in all the
blessings Moses described if they would obey the Lord. They would experience all
the curses if they rebelled against Him.

The specifics of the blessings and the curses belong to the nation of Israel
alone, but the general truth underlying the specifics belong to all people. If
we desire the Lord’s blessing in our lives then we must know the Lord and love
Him with all our heart, soul and strength. That love is demonstrated in our
following His will as He has revealed it in the Bible, for those that love God
will keep His commandments (Deut. 30:16; 1 John 5:3). Blessings come from
obedience and curses for disobedience.

The non-Christian that does seeks out God to love Him will find faith in
Jesus Christ because they will know that He is the way, the truth and the life
and no one comes to the Father except through Him. They will turn from their sin
and false beliefs and become a Christian, for that is God’s stated will (2 Peter
3:9; John 6:29; John 3:16-18). Their first blessing will be having their sins
forgiven (Romans 4:8).

The Christian who does this will be maturing and will find a joy and peace in
all circumstances that cannot be explained except the indwelling presence of the
Holy Spirit. There will be a growing sense of eternal purpose that transcends
everything in this present world. He will be blessed in what he does (James
1:25), and even if reviled and persecuted he will have the blessing of the
Spirit of glory and God will rest upon him (1 Peter 4:14).

To walk in continued disobedience brings curses. For the non-Christian it
brings the continued descent into greater sin as explained in Romans 1:18-32.
For the Christian there is the loss of blessing, followed by admonition and
correction, followed in turn by increasing chastisement from God even to the
point of sickness and death (Hebrews 12:4-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30).

Blessing or curses? Which do you want in your life? The choice is yours and
is determined by how you live in your relationship with God.

Sermon Study
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Sermon Notes – November 11, 2007

KIDS CORNER

Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives.
Here is some help.  Young Children – draw a picture about something
you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch.
Older Children -
Do one or more of the following: 1) Write down all the
verses mentioned in the sermon and look them up later. 2) Count how many times
the word "blessing" is used in the sermon. Talk with your parents about how you
can have the Lord’s blessings in your life

THINK ABOUT IT!

Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. Why do people
want God’s blessings? How do you gain God’s blessings? Why was it important for
Moses to tell them their history? What is the danger of not knowing your
history? Why were they restricted from even harassing the Edomites, Moabites and
Ammonites? Why were those nations in the lands God was giving them to be utterly
destroyed? What would be the benefit of walking in the Lord’s commands? What is
the Great Commandment? What does it mean that the Lord is plural unity? What
does Isaiah 48:16 tell us about the Lord? Whose responsibility is it to teach
the next generation about the Lord & His commands? What is necessary for that to
happen? When should it happen? Why did the Lord choose to set His love on Israel
and make them a people for Himself? Why would the lands be conquered only a
little at a time? What danger did this pose to the Israelites? What did the Lord
require of the Israelites (Deut. 10:12-16)? What was to happen to anyone that
advocated another god? What were the requirements for a future king? How were
they to distinguish between true prophets and false prophets? Who was to stay in
the army and who was allowed to go home? What is the significance hanging a
person on a tree? What would bring about God’s curses upon them? What would
bring about God’s blessings upon them? What were some of the specific blessings
they would be given? What were some of the specific curses that would come upon
them? What would happen if they continued in rebellion? What would happen if
they repented and loved the Lord? What was Moses’ final warning to the nation?
Why was Moses only allowed to see the promised land and not enter into it? While
the specific blessings and curses belong only to the nation of Israel, the
general principles apply to everyone. What blessings do non-Christians receive
in obeying the Lord? For Christians in obeying the Lord. For non-Christians in
rebelling against the Lord. For Christians in rebelling against the Lord. How
have you seen God’s blessings and curses in your own life? How will you ensure
His blessings in the future?

 

How to Live in God’s Blessing – Deuteronomy


Introduction

    The first step of gaining God’s blessing is removing
ourselves from His _______________

    The second step of gaining God’s blessing is
________________

Overview

    Deuteronomy means ____________________

    Chapters 1-4 recounts their ________________

    Chapters 5-26 give the __________________ of the Covenant

    Chapters 27-30 are the ________________ and curses

    Chapters 31-34 cover ___________ final words


Their History (Deuteronomy 1-4)

    It is important to know where you ________________ in
order to know where you _______________

    They had not trusted God and so spent _____________
wandering in the wilderness

    They had already conquered the _____________, Bashan and
Gilead

    It was because of their ____________ & __________ that God
commanded those nations to be destroyed.

    They needed to ___________ God in order to take possession
of the land the Lord was giving them.


Stipulations of the Covenant (Deuteronomy 5-26)

    The Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5)

        If they kept God’s commandments
they would ____________, it would be __________ with them.

    The Great Commandment (Deuteronomy 6)

        The responsibility of teaching the
next generation belongs to the ___________________

        The Lord is God, the Lord is one
means that the Lord is a _______________ unity (see Isaiah 48:____)

        The Great Commandment is to
____________ with all your heart, soul and might (Matthew 12:30-31)

        Lessons about God and walking with
Him must be taught _______________

        Lessons about God and walking with
Him must be taught the ______________________ of life

    Warnings and Promises (Deuteronomy 7-11)

        They were not chosen because of
being either more numerous or __________ but to confirm God’s oath.

        They were not to be
________________ by the nations they were displacing.

        God would provide for them in the
land they were going if they were careful to ___________ the Lord

    Laws about Worship (Deuteronomy 12-16)

        Anyone that sought to lead them
astray to serve another God was to be ________________

    Laws on Justice & Morality (Deuteronomy 17-25)

        Kings were not to multiply horses,
_____ or gold and silver. They were to _____ the law for themselves.

        If a prophet’s prophecy was not
_________% accurate, they were false and were to be put to death

        Only the Hittite, Amorite,
Canaanite, Perizzite, Hivite and Jebusite nations were to be ______________.

        An incorrigible son was subject to
____________

        __________ was hung on a tree
because He was cursed for us (Deut. 21:22-23; Gal. 3:13)   

    Laws on Entering the Land (Deuteronomy 26)


Curses and Blessings (Deuteronomy 27-30)

    Curses on Mount Ebal (Deuteronomy 27)

        Those who did not ___________ the
words of the law by _________ them would be cursed

    Blessings on Mount Gerizim (Deuteronomy 28)

        Those who listened to and
carefully ____________ the Lord’s commands would be blessed.

        If they did not, the ___________
would happen and their blessing would turn into __________

        The longer they remained in
_____________, the worse it would get (See also Leviticus 26)

    The Covenant & Hope (Deuteronomy 29-30)

        If they __________ and obeyed the
Lord, He would restore them

        This commandment is not
___________________, nor is it out of reach (Deut. 30:11)


Conclusion (Deuteronomy 31-34)

    Moses died at the age of ________ with clear eye and full
of vigor

    The specific blessings and curses belong to
________________ alone. The principle applies to everyone.

    If you ___________ God you will be blessed. If you
________________ God you will be cursed.


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