June 12, Reading 1 – Deuteronomy 28:1-37

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SAA Notes

These blessings tell us something about drought – it relates to us the Church, and not to the state of our nation. Droughts happen under the providence of God. The blessings of rain and abundant harvest are blessing promised to the Church – God’s people. Droughts are an occasion for us to search our own hearts to see if we have been straying from the ways of God, to pray for rain and to husband our resources more wisely – to use and replenish!

SJA Notes

This is prophesy, truth-telling.

If <this> then <that>.

Obedience brings blessing. Disobedience brings curse.

Instead of the enemies fleeing seven ways when blessed, Israel would flee seven ways when cursed.

Instead of being the head and going only upwards with obedience, disobedience brings Israel to be a byword and a horror-story.

Israel’s history shows us that we can’t obey in our own strength, we can’t just decide in our minds to fully keep God’s law. We only choose disobedience.

So how can we gain the blessings of obedience?

Hebrews 8 shows us that we are to operate under a different law and covenant.

Jesus brought about the law of grace (John 1:17), whereby we are justified by faith (Galatians 3:24-26), sons of God in Him.

And what are the blessings now in this new covenant?

The fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The “For they shall” objects in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:2-11). The whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

We have these blessings to unfold and unlock and understand through our walking daily with our Lord, reading His word, submitting under His will.

Praise God that He has brought us, redeemed us, saved us. In Jesus alone. In His righteousness and not our own.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Father God,

Thank You for the blessings You give to us here on earth.

And thank You for our hope in eternal life, the blessings that You have in store for us.

Please fix our eyes on Jesus.

Amen.

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