Scripture Deuteronomy 28
If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
The covenant God made with Israel, when broken down to basics is very simple. If they followed God and obeyed His laws, they would be blessed. If they rejected God, and did not follow His laws, they would be destroyed.
Although our covenant with God is different from that of ancient Israel, the essential elements when broken down to basics remain the same. If we follow God and obey Christ we will be blessed. If we reject God and don’t accept Christ we will be destroyed.
Although the new Covenant of Christ is one of grace and faith, we are still to follow the moral laws which God gave to Israel. We are no longer bound by the law as the Hebrews were, but nonetheless I think we would probably do well to follow most of them. The food laws are basic and healthy, the ceremonial cleansing promoted good hygiene, even circumcision (although not done because of religious law) is practiced by most modern countries as a matter of health and cleanliness.
We under the age of grace may not be bound to the individual laws of Moses as tightly as the Hebrews were, but I think it is a good idea to look over them and see that, for the most part, they do still have lasting value for us today.
We are bound to the covenant of Christ – it is His strict obedience to not just the letter of, but also the Heart of the Law in His life that made his sacrificial death on the cross, and appropriate atonement for all of us. He took on the curses outlined in the ancient scriptures and became the fulfilment of the Law on the Cross so that we may be forgiven and accepted by God.
But just because we are forgiven, doesn’t mean that we don’t still have to deal with the real consequences of our physical sins. If we are mean to our family, even if we earnestly repent and ask for forgiveness, we may be forgiven, but our family may still suffer, we may still be distanced from our loved ones because of our own actions. If we abuse our bodies with drugs or over indulgences, we may be forgiven for our sins, but the physical results of that abuse may still come through and our bodies may be permanently damaged.
So even though some may see the New Covenant as something much easier than the old covenant of the Hebrews, really there is a higher and more noble calling of Faith and Action, of Hope and the reflection of that Hope in the work of our hands, and of Love and the way we express that love to the world.
Follow God and Be Blessed,
Reject God and Be Destroyed.
I thank you for the covenants with us in the Old and New Testaments. I thank you for the wisdom of your Law and for the blessings and curses that I experience in this physical existence which serve as a guide for me to point me in the right directions leading to you.
I thank you for your Son Jesus who became our Immanuel and took upon Himself all of our unworthyness, all of our sin so that we might have reconciliation with you. Help me father to follow the Covenant of Christ – believing in Him, and thus believing in You!
I give up my sence of accomplishment when I feel that I do good, or when I feel that Im really following God. It is only by His grace that I am saved, and by His grace that I am able to obey His Law in the least point.