April 7

Deuteronomy 28John 10:22-42

Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:

Blessings. 28:1-14…

If thou shalt hearken diligently. Although Israel's inheritance and con­tinued enjoyment of the promises was not a matter of legal merit, there was a connection between the nation's corporate piety and her prosperity. For the Old Testament theocratic kingdom prefigured the con­summate kingdom of God, in which righteousness and glory are to be united. Accordingly, to keep the message of the typical-prophetic picture clear, God al­lowed the Israelites to enjoy the bless­ings of the typical kingdom only as they, and especially their official representa­tives, exhibited an appropriate measure of the righteousness of the kingdom. Since any righteousness that Israel pos­sessed was a gift of grace from the God of her salvation, the principle which informs Deuteronomy 28 has no affinities with a religion of works-salvation. …

If Israel would obey the Lord, she would come out on top in every military and commercial encounter with other na­tions. Within the kingdom there would be abundance of the earth's goodness. Canaan would truly be a paradise flow­ing with milk and honey. Of primary import Israel would prosper in her re­lationship to her covenant Lord. That is the secret of all beatitude, for his fav­or is life. From the manifest tokens of God's favor to Israel, … it would be clear that God's covenant was es­tablished with Israel and that he… was Israel's Owner and De­fender. (Charles F. Pfeiffer, Everett F. Harrison, eds, The Wycliffe Bible Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1962), pp. 192-193)

 

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