AFTER WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS FOR FORTY YEARS, THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL RECEIVED FINAL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE CROSSING INTO “THE LAND” OF MILK AND HONEY
“You shall therefore keep every commandment which I am commanding you today, so that you may be strong and go in and possess the land into which you are about to cross to possess it;
(Deuteronomy 11: 8 NASB)
BORDERS OF “THE LAND”
Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours; your border will be from the wilderness to Lebanon, and from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as the western sea.
(Deuteronomy 11: 24 NASB)
IDENTIFYING “THE LAND”
For the land in which you are entering to possess, is not like the land of Egypt from which you came from, where you used to sow your seed and water it with your foot like a vegetable garden.
But the land into which you are about to cross over to possess, is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven. It is a land with which YHWH your Elohim cares for; the eyes of YHWH your Elohim are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year.
(Deuteronomy 11: 10-12 KJVm)
NOTE – IF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL:
- ARE NOT IN “THE LAND”
- THEY HAVE TO CARE FOR IT
- ARE IN “THE LAND”
- ELOHIM CARES FOR IT
ELOHIM IS JEALOUS FOR ”HIS LAND”
Then will Elohim be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
(Joel 2:18 KJV)
THE BLESSING AND THE CURSE
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of YHWH your Elohim, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of YHWH your Elohim, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.
(Deuteronomy 11: 26-28 KJVm)
IF THEY KEEP COMMANDMENTS
1. PROLONG YOUR DAYS WHILE IN “THE LAND”
“You shall therefore keep every commandment which I am commanding you today, so that you may be strong and go in and possess the land into which you are about to cross to possess it; so that you may prolong your days on the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give to them and to their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.
(Deuteronomy 11: 8-9 NASB)
2. ENEMIES WILL FEAR YOU WHILE IN “THE LAND”
No man will be able to stand before you; YHWH your Elohim will lay the dread of you and the fear of you on all the land on which you set foot, as He has spoken to you.
(Deuteronomy 11: 25 NASB)
3. RAIN IN ITS SEASON WHILE IN “THE LAND”
“It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love YHWH your Elohim and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
(Deuteronomy 11: 13-15 NASB)
4. NO SICKNESSES WHILE IN “THE LAND”
5. NO MISCARRIAGES WHILE IN “THE LAND”
6. LIVE TO A RIPE OLD AGE WHILE “IN THE LAND”
But you shall serve YHWH your Elohim, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst. There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
(Exodus 23: 25-26 NASB)
IF THEY DON’T KEEP COMMANDMENTS BAD NEWS / IN “THE LAND”
But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of YHWH your Elohim, to carefully observe all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.
(Deuteronomy 28:15 KJVm)
Then YHWH will bring severe and lasting plagues on you and your descendants, even miserable and chronic sicknesses. He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they will cling to you.
(Deuteronomy 28: 59-60 KJVm)
2. NO RAIN / IN THE LAND
Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them. Or the anger of YHWH will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which YHWH is giving you.
(Deuteronomy 11: 16-17 KJVm)
3. DEFEATED BY YOUR ENEMIES / IN THE LAND
AND IF THE CHILDREN OF IS RAEL DO NOT REPENT, THEN YHWH WILL SEND AN ARMY
25 YHWH will cause you to be defeated by your enemies. You will go out against them one way, but flee seven ways before them. You will become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth. 49 As swift as the eagle, YHWH will bring against you a nation from afar, from the end of the earth whose language you will not understand, 50 a nation of fierce countenance which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. 51 And they will eat the increase of your livestock and produce of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine, oil. Or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you. 52 And they will besiege you at your gates until your high fortified walls, which you trust in, come down. Throughout all your land they shall besiege you at all your gates, throughout your land which YHWH your Elohim has given you.
(Deuteronomy 28: 25 & 49-52 NASB)
THE SURVIVORS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE LAND & SCATTERED TO THE NATIONS
And YHWH will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known.
(Deuteronomy 28: 64 KJVm)
THE BAD NEWS WILL CONTINUE WHILE IN THE LAND OF THE ENEMY
38 But you will perish among the nations, and your enemies’ land will consume you. 39 So those of you who may be left will rot away because of their iniquity in the lands of your enemies; and also because of the iniquities of their forefathers they will rot away with them.
(Leviticus 26: 38-39 NASB)
- NO REST
- TREMBLING HEART / FEARFUL
- FAILING EYES
And YHWH will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known. Among those nations you shall find no rest, nor will you have a resting place for the sole of your foot. And YHWH will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes and anguish of soul.
(Deuteronomy 28: 64-65 KJVm)
EPHRAIM DOESN’T REALIZE THAT HE IS IN THE LAND OF THE ENEMY
“Ephraim mixes with the nations; Ephraim is a flat loaf not turned over. Foreigners sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice.” (Hosea 7: 8-9 NIV)
YHWH HAS PROVIDED SIGNS SO THAT THE REMNANT WILL KNOW THAT THEY ARE IN THE LAND OF THE ENEMY
SO, WHAT IS THE SOLUTION FOR THESE CURSES?
THE GOOD NEWS OF THE PROMISE OF RESTORATION, WHERE THE REMNANT WILL BE GATHERED BACK TO THE LAND
30 “So it will be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you recall them while in the nations where YHWH your Elohim has scattered you, If you return to YHWH your Elohim and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, then YHWH you Elohim will restore you and your sons from captivity. He will have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where YHWH your Elohim has scattered you. If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there YHWH your Elohim will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. YHWH your Elohim will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it, and there He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.
(Deuteronomy 30: 1-5 KJVm)
WHERE YHWH PROMISES TO HEAL US AND RESTORE THE BLESSINGS.