The Consequences of Disobedience

These Pharisees were not true shepherds, but actually thieves and robbers. Killing the sheep, leading them to their destruction. How many so-called shepherds today are leading their flocks to destruction by giving them religion instead of relationship? By leading them in le … More

Destruction

 

These final verses in chapter 28 speak of (1) the siege (vv. 49-57) and (2) the exile (vv. 58-68).  It says that “a nation from far” comes to bring judgment to Israel (v. 49).  It doesn’t say who that nation was. Some commentaries say it was the Babylonians and others say it was the Romans. Whoever it was, they brought swift, powerful and brutal destruction destroying the crops, killing the livestock and laying siege to all the cities throughout the land of Israel.

This times was so terrible that it climaxed in cannibalism. It is hard to imagine but even the parents were so starved that they ate their own children (v. 53). This is one of the biggest examples in all of Scripture as to the perversity that disobedience to God leads to.

Since God is just He must judge Israel and every sin must be punished. Since she had escaped the plagues and disease of Egypt God would bring them on her (Amos 4:10). Where God had multiplied her number as the stars of the sky (Genesis 15:5) she would be reduced to few in number (v. 62).  Where she had dwelt securely in the land she would be uprooted and scattered among all nations (vv. 63-64).

Application

 

One of the curses was that those who rejected God would go mad (v. 34) seeing all the tragedy around them. Do you ever feel that you will go crazy because of all that is pressing in on you? Just remember that nothing happens that God doesn’t know about and he will one day come back to make everything right.

Deuteronomy 28:49-68 (English Standard Version)

"The LORD will bring a nation against you from far away, from the end of the earth, swooping down like the eagle, a nation whose language you do not understand, a hard-faced nation who shall not respect the old or show mercy to the young. It shall eat the offspring of your cattle and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed; it also shall not leave you grain, wine, or oil, the increase of your herds or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish. "They shall besiege you in all your towns, until your high and fortified walls, in which you trusted, come down throughout all your land. And they shall besiege you in all your towns throughout all your land, which the LORD your God has given you. And you shall eat the fruit of your womb, the flesh of your sons and daughters, whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you. The man who is the most tender and refined among you will begrudge food to his brother, to the wife he embraces, and to the last of the children whom he has left, so that he will not give to any of them any of the flesh of his children whom he is eating, because he has nothing else left, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in all your towns. The most tender and refined woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because she is so delicate and tender, will begrudge to the husband she embraces, to her son and to her daughter, her afterbirth that comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears, because lacking everything she will eat them secretly, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in your towns. "If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the LORD your God, then the LORD will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting. And he will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. Every sickness also and every affliction that is not recorded in the book of this law, the LORD will bring upon you, until you are destroyed. Whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, you shall be left few in number, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God. And as the LORD took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the LORD will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you. And you shall be plucked off the land that you are entering to take possession of it. "And the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. And among these nations you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but the LORD will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and a languishing soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you. Night and day you shall be in dread and have no assurance of your life. In the morning you shall say, 'If only it were evening!' and at evening you shall say, 'If only it were morning!' because of the dread that your heart shall feel, and the sights that your eyes shall see. And the LORD will bring you back in ships to Egypt, a journey that I promised that you should never make again; and there you shall offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer."

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