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Monday, May 16, 2016

Cursed or Blessed

Deuteronomy 27
 
Moses was going to be leaving soon and it looks like God was starting to set things up to remind Israel of all that He commanded them.  
 
Once they crossed over the Jordan they were to set up large stones that were to be whitewashed with lime. Then they were to write very plainly ALL the words of the law that God had given them on these stones (Moses tells them this twice). They were to take these stones and build an altar to the LORD without any tools. Next they were to offer burnt offering and peace offerings, and eat and rejoice before the LORD God.
 
Moses and the priests told Israel, "This day you have become the people of the LORD your God, Therefore you shall obey the voice of the LORD your God and observe His commandments and His statutes which I command you today."
 
Moses then ordered certain people to stand on Mount Gerzim and bless the people and certain people to stand on Mount Ebal to curse. The Levites were to speak with a loud voice (at the bottom of the two mountains) and say to all the men of Israel the curses and they were to respond with "amen" which means "so be it".
 
                      
 
Many of these curses were what would happen if they broke the Laws of God, the Ten Commandments.
 
15 “Cursed is anyone who makes an idol—a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands—and sets it up in secret.” (curse of the second command)
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
16 “Cursed is anyone who dishonors their father or mother.” (curse of the fifth command)
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
17 “Cursed is anyone who moves their neighbor’s boundary stone.” (curse of the eighth command)
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
18 “Cursed is anyone who leads the blind astray on the road.” (possibly a curse of the sixth command)
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
19 “Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.” (curse of the eighth command)
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
(The next four appear to be curses of the seventh command )
20 “Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his father’s wife, for he dishonors his father’s bed.”
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
21 “Cursed is anyone who has sexual relations with any animal.”
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
22 “Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.”
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
23 “Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his mother-in-law.”
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
24 “Cursed is anyone who kills their neighbor secretly.” (curse of the sixth command)
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
25 “Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.”(curse of the sixth command)
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
 
26 “Cursed is anyone who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.”
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

 
 
"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us. For it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us so that the blessing promised to Abraham would come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.  (Galatians 3:13-14)
 

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