The Warning Label


Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, “Keep silence and hear, O Israel: this day you have become the people of the Lord your God. You shall therefore obey the voice of the Lord your God, keeping his commandments and his statutes, which I command you today.”

That day Moses charged the people, saying, “When you have crossed over the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. And these shall stand on Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. And the Levites shall declare to all the men of Israel in a loud voice:

“‘Cursed be the man who makes a carved or cast metal image, an abomination to the Lord, a thing made by the hands of a craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’ And all the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen.’” Deuteronomy 27:9-15.

Blessings and cursings are part of the whole package. God blessings are not just optional accessories to our lives. If you are His people, you are blessed, but if you deny Him by disobedience, you are cursed. And if you look at the eleven specific curses in the list that follows this, these are things that can’t be done accidentally. They are done on purpose. They are choices. And the last one is:

“‘Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

We confirm God’s word by doing it. This is also a New Testament principle:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 15:15.

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