Curses for Disobedience

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Judgment

 

Moses promises Israel the severe judgment of God will come to them because of their disobedience. Each of the following judgments had one goal and that was to turn Israel from disobedience:

  1. Horrible destruction. - (v. 20)
  2. Disease. - (vv. 21-22)
  3. Drought. - (vv. 23-24)
  4. Defeat in battle - (vv. 25-26)
  5. Physical and mental diseases of Egypt (vv. 27-29)
  6. Oppressed and robbed (vv. 30-35)
  7. Exile (vv. 36-37)
  8. Crop failure and economic ruin (vv. 38-42)
As you can see the judgments become progressively more severe toward the end of the list.  In fact the curses would become so horrible and comprehensive that they would attract the attention of future generations. Because Israel refused to serve God joyfully in the time of prosperity (v. 47) she would find herself serving in a time of dire poverty (v. 48).

Application

 

When you hear bad news about all of the evil happenings of this world do you groan helplessly as believers do who have no hope for the future? If you do, remind yourself that in spite of it all God has ultimate control and will one day come back to make everything right.

Deuteronomy 28:20-48 (English Standard Version)


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