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Blessings For Obedience (Daily Portion 10206)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Deuteronomy 28:1-23

This chapter tells of the blessings and cursings that God will pour out on the children of Israel: blessings if they obey His commandments; cursings if they do not. This lesson gives all the blessings but only some of the cursings.

What Does It Say?

  1. If Israel will hearken diligently to the voice of the Lord, He will set Israel on _______ above all nations on the ________.
  2. “Blessed shalt thou be when thou _________ in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou __________ out.”
  3. The Lord will establish Israel as an _________ people unto ___________.
  4. But Israel will be cursed if they will not hearken to the _________of the Lord to _________ to do all his ___________________.
  5. The Lord will send upon Israel cursing, ___________, and rebuke.

What Does It Mean?

  1. What does the phrase, “fruit of thy body” (v.4, 8, 18, 53), mean? How does this meaning compare with Psalm 132:11 and Micah 6:7? Why do you think God used this phrase?
  2. As part of their blessings, God will make Israel “the head, and not the tail” (v.13). Give an explanation of what you think this means.
  3. Verse 22 gives a list of seven things the Lord will use to smite the Israelites when they disobey Him. They are consumption, fever, inflammation, extreme burning, sword, blasting, and mildew. Using a dictionary, try to give a meaning for each of these words.

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. When Israel is obedient to the Lord, “all the people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD” (v.10). What does it mean to be called by the name of the Lord? How does this apply to us today?
  2. When they are disobedient, Israel will find that the heaven over their head will be as brass and the earth under them will be as iron (v.23). What do you think this is a picture of? What kind of times does this describe in our lives?
David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 15:24

The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.