And if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. (Deuteronomy 28:1)
God’s Provisions and Israel’s Failure
The Israelites witnessed great miracles from the hand of God in their deliverance from slavery in Egypt. But even with the mighty miracles seen with their own eyes they stubbornly resisted God's plan for their lives. There were conditions that would happen if they followed Him with a true and committed heart. In those blessings God would bless them in the city and the field. They would be blessed in child bearing, they would be blessed agriculturally, their herds of cattle and the young of the flock would increase. Their food would be increased and they would go out and come in blessed and without fear. The LORD would defeat their enemies. He would command the blessing of their barns and all they undertake. He would establish the Jewish people as a holy (set apart) people to Himself.
All the peoples of the earth would see they were called by the name of the LORD and be afraid of them. He would make the Jewish people abound in prosperity. He would send rain for their crops and bless all the work of their hands. They would lend to many nations but borrow from none. He promised if they served Him with a whole heart they would “be the head and not the tail.” He would do all these blessings for them if they faithfully served Him.
But if they rebelled there would be terrible consequences (curses). They would incur His anger at their rejection of Him, there would be famine, confusion, frustration, pestilence and wasting disease, fever, inflammation and fiery heat. There would be drought, blight and mildew. They would be defeated by their enemies, have boils, tumors and scabs and itch that would not heal, they would be oppressed and robbed continually with no one to help them. Their animals would be seized or slaughtered before their eyes. Their children would be taken and other nations they had not known would eat the fruit of their labor. What they would see would drive them mad. They would be carried off to other nations as slaves. For those left in the land their agriculture would not yield much and what grew would be devoured by locusts. They would be the tail and not the head (Deuteronomy chapter 28).
Unfortunately Israel chose to rebel against God and were scattered throughout the nations of the earth in God's judgment. However God in His compassion and mercy said even if they were at the ends of the earth He would bring them back to the land (Deuteronomy 30:4). He did so time and again during Israel's history especially regathering many of them after the Holocaust of World War II. The regathered Jews fought for their independence through 1947-1949, proclaiming itself as a sovereign nation again after nearly 1900 years of dispersion, on May 14, 1948. That same day Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia declared war on the new nation. The Israelis fought against all odds and won that conflict. As of this writing the nation of Israel has existed 70 years in the land, has fought four major wars against surrounding Arab nations (1947-1949, 1956, 1967, 1973) and have been victorious in everyone by the power of their Messiah Yeshua.
God's promise to Israel is that they will be brought back to their faith in Yahweh and their calling and mission in the future under their Messiah Yeshua. He will reign in Zion (Jerusalem) and restore the Jewish people to become a people set apart (holy). The whole earth will be redeemed during the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ (Jeremiah 23:3-8).
His promises to Israel and to all believers in Christ should excite and encourage us. There will be no more curses for Christ will rule the entire earth with a righteous rule (Revelation chapter 21). The Jewish people will be blessed above all nations. Yeshua's provision will overcome Israel's failure. What a promise. What a God.