Covenant Blessings are Conditional - II
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. …Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in My name, I Myself will bless them” (Num 6:24-27, NLT). Was this promise open-ended, unrestricted, and unqualified? “The Lord you God will be merciful only if you listen to His voice and keep all his commands…, doing what pleases Him” (Deut 13:18, NLT). Examples follow: “…Never accept bribes. …[They] blind the eyes of the wisest and corrupt their decisions. Justice must prevail. That is the only way you will be successful in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Deut 16:19-20, TLB). “At the end of every seventh year there is to be a canceling of all debts! Every creditor shall write ‘Paid in full’ on any promissory note he holds against a fellow Israelite, for the Lord has released everyone from his obligation. No one will become poor because of this, for the Lord will greatly bless you in the land He is giving you if you obey this command. The only prerequisite for His blessing is that you carefully heed all the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. He will bless you as He has promised. You shall lend money… but will never need to borrow…” (Deut 15:1-2, 4-6, TLB). “…If you will carefully obey… His commandments that I am going to give you today, and if you will love the Lord your God with all your hearts and souls and will worship Him, then He will continue to send both the early and late rains that will produce wonderful crops of grain, grapes for your wine, and olive oil. He will give you lush pastureland for your cattle to graze in, and you yourselves shall have plenty to eat and be fully content. But beware that your hearts do not turn from God to worship other gods. For if you do, the anger of the Lord will be hot against you, and He will shut the heavens—there will be no rain and no harvest, and you will quickly perish from the good land the Lord has given you” (Deut 11:13-17, TLB).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.