Now here's my GAME sharing on today's passage from Deuteronomy 28:15-29:
Whenever you read the Old Testament, it's important to read it with New Testament eyes. That's because the Old Testament is not complete without the New Testament. So whenever you see something in the Old Testament, don't stop there. Instead ask yourself: how does this play out in the New Testament? How does Jesus affect what I'm reading in the Old Testament? When you read the Old Testament with New Testament eyes, God's Word comes to life like never before.
Yesterday we learned that all the blessings listed in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 were won for us by Jesus Christ, who obeyed God fully. We could never earn those blessings ourselves because we could never obey God perfectly. But when we place our faith in Jesus who obeyed God perfectly, we are found in Christ and get to partake in all the blessings Christ won.
Today in Deuteronomy 28:15-29 we see a list of curses that Moses says will come upon God's people if they do not obey God's commands fully. These curses read like the opposite of the blessings we read in verses 1-14. That's a scary thought: if we don't obey God perfectly and "do not carefully follow all His commands" (v15), we will be cursed in every way. Since none of us has fully obeyed God, according to the law of Moses our lives ought to be cursed.
But the great news is this: Christ's died on the cross to save us from all the curses of Deuteronomy 28:15-29. A curse only applies to a person while that person is alive. When Christ died on the cross, the curses could not touch Him. And if we are found in Christ, those curses cannot touch us either because in Christ our old life has died and we have a new life in Him. So just as all the curses of Deuteronomy 28:15-29 do not apply to Jesus, so they also do not apply to us who have believed in Christ.
Praise God! No matter what religion, astrology, occult or other worldly philosophies say, Jesus has set you free from every curse!
So the big lessons of Deuteronomy 28 are:
- Christ's obedience won us all the blessings of Deuteronomy 28
- Christ's death saved us from all the curses of Deuteronomy 28.
Thank You Lord Jesus for not just winning every blessing for me by Your obedience, but for taking away every curse from me too by Your death on the cross. In Jesus' name, AMEN!