1“If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2You will experience all these blessings if you obey the LORD your God: 3Your towns and your fields will be blessed. 4Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. 5Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. 6Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed. 7“The LORD will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven! 8“The LORD will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. 9“If you obey the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways, the LORD will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. 10Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the LORD, and they will stand in awe of you. 11“The LORD will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. 12The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. 13If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.
I have said this many times, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law but He never redeemed us from the blessings so they are still yours and mine right now. When you look at this part of this chapter I want you to stop and really pause and think, “Do I really believe I am blessed?” Are you fully persuaded that you are the head and not the tail and above only and not beneath? This is an important exercise because you don’t want to deceive yourself by mentally assenting to The Word instead of believing and receiving The Word. I took sometime to really do this myself and I had to check myself. When I studied in-depth what The Lord was really saying here it was surprising. God the Father is very serious about blessing and particularly blessing you. He has put everything in place thru Christ and His finished work. Our only job is to believe. Now lets address a few hindrances to believing and receiving that you are blessed. Lets use the King James Version for clarity.
1And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 28:1-2 KJV
Are you obedient ALL THE TIME? Do you do everything God says and fulfill all of His Laws? If you say you do, we just identified a problem you may have called lying. The truth is with the exception of Jesus none of us have or can. This is why Jesus came. He is our obedience and when you accept Him you get credited with His obedience or righteousness and that qualifies you for all these blessings. Now when that scripture says “come on you and overtake you” it means exactly what it says. The blessing comes on you, it never leaves you. It overtakes you, that means goes before you and causes favor with people and in situations. The blessing comes with Christ so you should be expecting this each and every second of the day. In a commentary it stated, that the blessings which others so greedily follow after and never get will follow YOU and be thrown into your lap by special kindness. That kindness is GRACE!!!! Think about that and we will pick up this topic tomorrow.
Alll the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!