Today's Reading was really satisfying...
I really feel like this passage is legitimately applicable to everyone today as a believer in Christ the Messiah, without having to stretch or twist scripture to see the similarities! That said, based on the premise that God never breaks his promises, nor does He ever revoke something that he has already done, let's get into this quick dive!
So breaking it down, the promises in verses 13 and 14, are still a very legitimate promise to believers in Christ today (lest the land & no sickness), but I'll get to that at a later time. The promise in verse 15, can only be fulfilled through the first 2 promises that come before it. However to me, the LAST sentence should be THE MOST significant nugget in the whole passage!
12 If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors. 13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and olive oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. 14 You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor will any of your livestock be without young. 15 The Lord will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you. 16 You must destroy all the peoples the Lord your God gives over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.
Looks like a VERY DIRECT warning to me and, we should always listen to warnings in scripture and never ignore them... ever! Even when I think that there is no way how "something like that", can apply to me as a believer in Jesus Christ the Messiah (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach), it still can and does apply! I believe that if it was translated to new testament vernacular... It would probably sound something similar to this:
1 Corinthians 10:6-13
6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. (Ref Numbers 25:1-9) 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did and were killed by snakes. (Ref Numbers 21:6) 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel. (Ref Korah’s Rebellion, Numbers 16) 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Now, in verse 13 of 1 Cor 10 where it says, "And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." Sounds a whole lot like how God decided He was going to handle "all of the peoples the Lord your God gives over to you" on verse 16 in Deut 7.
Also it's just as a matter of fact among scholars, that everything accounted for in the books of Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers, Deuteronomy collectively reminds and reiterates. And even though the chapters being referenced in Paul's epistle to the Corinthians aren't in directly from the book of Deuteronomy, Paul is "teaching the Gentile" and is "urging the Jew" to NEVER FORGET all that Lord our God (Adonai Elohim), Yeshua Ha'Mashiach has done to set us free!
Lastly, that awesome "Little Nugget" I found... See where Paul wrote, "We should not test Christ, as some of them did", in verse 9? Now please correct me if I am wrong but, to me the way that verse reads; Paul directly implies that Jesus Christ was the one who gave all of the commandments. Pretty sweet huh?!?!
Thanks for visiting my blog! I pray that what you read here challenges you to rethink your theology and would bring you into a deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, his Hebrew name being Yeshua (ישוע // salvation). Hence why we say "salvation is in your name". I pray that God blesses your day and I also pray that the time you've spent here blesses your home and your family!