“You must have no idols; you must never worship carved images, obelisks, or shaped stones, for I am the Lord your God. You must obey my Sabbath laws of rest, and reverence my Tabernacle, for I am the Lord. If you obey all my commandments, I will give you regular rains, and the land will yield bumper crops, and trees will be loaded with fruit long after the normal time. And grapes will still be ripening when sowing time comes again. You shall eat your fill, and live safely in the land, for I will give you peace, and you will go to sleep without fear.
“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.
“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.
“I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. …I will confirm my covenant with [Isaac], and his descendants as an everlasting covenant” (Gen 17:7, 19, NLT). “…Now that you belong to Christ, you are the true descendants of Abraham, and all of God’s promises to him belong to us” (Gal 3:29, NLT/TLB). “…I told them: ‘Obey Me and I will be your God, and you will be my people…’” (Jer 7:23, NLT).
The Law of Moses required animal sacrifices and offerings (Ezra 3:1-2; Heb 10:6-10, NLT) and obedience to various instructions, decrees and regulations (Deut 25:17-19; 26:1-14, NLT). Connected to these instructions and regulations were blessings for obedience, (Deut 28:1-13; 30:10; 31:12, NLT), and curses for disobedience” (Deut 27:9-26; 28:15-40, NLT).
1. “When Abram was  years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am El Shaddai—God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants, [although "...Sarai was unable to become pregnant..." (Genesis 11:30)].
“…This is the will of God that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet 2:15, NKJV). But “salvation is NOT a reward for the good things we have done…. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. …[We] used to be outsiders. …[Before conversion, we] were living apart from Christ; [and] were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel and [we] did NOT know the covenant promises God had made to them.