Covenant Blessings are Conditional - III
“I have commanded you today to love the Lord your God and to follow His paths and to keep His laws, so that you will live and become a great nation, …so that the Lord your God will bless you…” (Deut 30:16; Jer 6:16, TLB). “Blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. Gather all the people—the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her private room. Let the priests, who minister in the Lord’s presence, stand and weep between the entry room to the Temple and the altar. Let them pray, ‘Spare your people, Lord! Don’t let your special possession become an object of mockery. Don’t let them become a joke for unbelieving foreigners who say, ‘Has the God of Israel left them’’? Then the Lord will pity His people and jealously guard the honor of His land. The Lord will reply, ‘Look! I am sending you grain and new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy your needs. You will no longer be an object of mockery among the surrounding nations. I will drive away these armies from the north. I will send them into the parched wastelands.’ …The trees will again be filled with fruit; fig trees and grapevines will be loaded down once more. Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rain He sends demonstrates His faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring…” (Joel 2:15-24, NLT). These assurances restate the old contract: “…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, …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… shall have plenty to eat and be fully content…” (Deut 11:13-17, TLB).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.