Religion/Spirituality: The Curses of Disobedience
In our last blog, we read in Deuteronomy about the blessings that come with obedience to God. Today I want to talk about what we reap as curses when we are disobedient. I wanted to write about this today for two reasons. As someone in a capacity to reach you, I feel that I am responsible for what you know. For accountability purposes, I want to take that mission a step further and realize that also makes me responsible for what you don’t.
The Bible says that blessings and curses affect to the third and fourth generation.
Do you think about that when you sow seeds of love, help, comfort and joy? When you do, you are sowing those traits into your children and your grandchildren and your grandchildren’s grandchildren.
But flip the script. Lying, malice, adultery, addictions, stealing and many other things you don’t want to plant into your lineage are also given an open door when you do them.
Let’s look at the Word. Just as the blessings were guaranteed and amazing, the curses are just as inevitable and overwhelming.
But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me…”
The passage goes on to say, “The Lord will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed. The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth…you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you…you shall plant a vineyard, but shall not gather its grapes… You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for the locust shall consume it. You shall plant vineyards and tend them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them…You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity… Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you... Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you… from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, a nation of fierce countenance… They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land… If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, The Lord Your God, then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues; great and prolonged plagues; and serious and prolonged sicknesses…You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God…Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other… And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life.
I can already hear the clicking of keyboards asking me why a loving God would pronounce such horrible things. Ask away. I’m ready.