DISOBEDIENCE BRINGS CURSES
Date: March 26
Category: Follow God
"But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you."
This part of the chapter is about the curses of God. In the beginning of the chapter, we read about the blessings of God that come into our lives when we obey Him, but now we read about the curses that will come upon us if we disobey Him.
In verse 16, it says that we'll be cursed in the city and cursed in the field. In verse 17, our basket and kneading trough will be cursed. In verse 18, it says that the fruit of our bodies will be cursed, meaning we won't be able to have children or we do have children but they become cursed. This verse also says that there won't be any increase in our cattle or the young of our sheep, meaning our economies will suffer. Verse 20a says, "The Lord shall send you curses, confusion, and rebuke in every enterprise to which you set your hand…" So everything we touch will become cursed.
In verses 21 and 22, the Bible says that we'll have pestilences and all kinds of health issues: consumption, fever, inflammation, and other sicknesses. In verse 23, we read that God will hold back rain. So there will be devastation in our economies. The Bible says in verse 28 that there will be madness and blindness. In verse 29, it says that we shall not prosper in our ways. So no matter what we do, we will never prosper. Verses 30 to 32 are about our family relationships and our economies being destroyed.
Then it says in verse 32b, "There shall be no power in your hands to prevent it." So regardless of what we try to do to stop it, all power will be taken from our hands. Now notice what it says in verse 45, "All these curses shall come upon you and shall pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you." These are the curses that are promised to us if we choose not to obey God's Word.
In verse 47 we read, "Because you did not serve the Lord you God with joyfulness of [mind and] heart [in gratitude] for the abundance of all [with which He had blessed you]." So these curses will come upon you if you disobey God, but they will also come if you are not happy with what He has blessed you already. That's why it's important to be thankful. It's important to be joyful with the things that God gives us. If we aren't thankful and joyful, then God will take those things away and bring upon our lives the curses mentioned in this chapter.
Let's read verse 61, "Also every sickness and every affliction which is not written in this Book of the Law the Lord will bring upon you until you are destroyed." Even the curses (the sickness and affliction) that are not recorded in this passage will come upon us and they will continue to come until they destroy us.
Then it says in verse 63a, "And as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good and to multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice to bring ruin upon you and to destroy you…" So God will use the same passion, the same energy, and the same strength to keep His promises of cursing if we fail to obey His commandments.
But let's read in Galatians 3:13, "Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified)." So because Jesus Christ purchased us from the curse, we do not have to live under the curse because He redeemed us.
Even though God gives blessing for obedience and cursing for disobedience, He sent Jesus to die on the cross of Calvary for our sins. Jesus removed the curse so that we don't have to live under the curse. But in Deuteronomy 30:19 we read, "Therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live." So God wants us to choose life. He does not want us to choose curses. But He leaves the decision up to us.
Blessings and curses are two promises from God. God says that He will work just as hard to deliver both. But the promise that we receive depends on the decision that we make – whether we choose life, by staying in obedience to God's Word or choose death, by disobeying God. So let's choose to do what God wants us to do and receive God's blessing because of our obedience today!