“And that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the Lord your God, just as He has spoken.”Deuteronomy 26:19
The Book of Deuteronomy is filled with information that relates to Israel and its deliverance from Egypt, their forty year journey through the wilderness, the “Ten Commandments”, plus many instructions when they have entered the Promised Land. One promise that God gave them was that His special selection of them as His people… “And that you shall be a consecrated people to the Lord your God, as He has spoken.” (Deut. 26:19)
As we read Deut. 27 we see the instructions concerning their obedience to His commandments. They are to divide their tribes into two groups, one on Mount Gerizim, the other on Mount Ebal. The one group was to be blessed and the other to be cursed. In effect, they were to listen to the “Levites who spoke to them in a loud voice”, confirming their agreement with the commands that had come from the Lord. When these had been repeated, “All the people were to say, “Amen.” They were voicing their accountability.
We look into the History of Israel and see both blessings and curses following them. Obedience brought blessing, disobedience brought the curse of the Lord upon them. There is a principle that is applicable and the chapter following bears repeating: “Now it shall be, if you will diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God:”…v15 “But is shall come about, if you will not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.”
The New Testament is filled with similar instructions for the Believer in Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. Obedience equals blessing. Disobedience equals a curse! “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, He who promised is faithful;” (Hebrews 10:23)