Summary of passage: If the Israelites obey all of the Lord’s commands, they will be blessed in everything: food, livestock, children, defeat of enemies, and everything they lay a hand on. They will be His holy people. If the Israelites disobey, they will be cursed in everything they touch, defeated by their enemies, and scattered throughout all the nations (the Diaspora).
5) Obey God and you will be blessed. Disobey God and face the consequences.
6a) Personal Question. My answer: “Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation.”
b) After Joshua died, Samaria, Israel, Assyria, Babylon, and the Roman empire.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Probably all areas of my life.
Conclusions: Granted, there was nothing new here we haven’t read already. Moses is repeating himself. Still, this is the first time I can remember in a long time where my answers are one-liners. I was stumped on 6c. Too broad. All I know is I’m a sinner and can improve in every aspect of my walk with Him.
End Notes: The Israelites must decide if they will be cursed or blessed. Nothing is hidden here. If you obey and are blessed, you receive everything. If you disobey and are cursed, you receive nothing.
The consequences of disobedience are almost overwhelming here. This is purposeful. Moses was trying to scare the people to obey because disobedience would not be a pretty picture.
The book of Lamentations is the grief suffered after Jerusalem is destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC. Lamentations 4 describes the hunger and starvation that resulted in women eating their own children. How tragic.
The total destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 72 AD was horrendous. Starvation from the siege. Jewish people were sold into slavery. There was in-fighting. Even Christians persecuted the Jews especially in the Middle Ages, mistakenly applying this passage to themselves as being God’s instrument who should curse the Jews. The Diaspora.
Yet, God is not done with Israel. No other nation on earth has lasted as long. The greats are gone: Egypt, Rome, Greeks, Persians, Babylonians, Assyria, etc. Only Israel still stands. They shall always be His chosen people. As such, we need to pray for them.