Dear Friends of Israel,
The Ten Commandments, which form the basis of God’s covenant with the people of Israel on Sinai, have in some ways become the general basis for all public laws, and thus are for the good of all humanity. It is often overlooked that God made another covenant with His chosen people in the Land of Moab, before they entered the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 29:1). This additional covenant, which is described in chapters 26 through 31 of Deuteronomy, has to do with the possession of the land. God did promise Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that He would give the Land of Canaan to their descendants, but the permanent possession of the land is clearly linked to certain conditions, which God earnestly revealed to His people through Moses in Moab.
In our times, there are differing opinions as to who should actually possess that much contested land: Israel or Palestine, as some call it, or the Land of Canaan, as the Bible also calls it. There are some who say with utter conviction, “Of course it belongs to Israel, because God promised it to them!” That is certainly correct, and the return of the people to Israel is evidence for them of the truth and reliability of the Bible. It must be understood, however, that the Bible cannot serve as the deed for the property, to determine who should possess the land.
The aforementioned chapters from Deuteronomy show that God set a high standard for the permanent possession of the land. When one reads those chapters carefully, it’s clear that the possession of the land isn’t dependent on clever politics or a powerful army, but rather something far greater; namely, obedience to God’s commands.
Now, it’s interesting that this covenant was sealed with a threat of ten curses that would come upon the Israelites after entering the Land of Canaan, if they failed to obey God’s commands (Deuteronomy 27:13-26).
On the other hand, ten blessings are promised to them, if they live in accordance with God’s commands (Deuteronomy 28:1-14). It’s truly amazing, how great those blessings would be. The miraculous security of the land and people is also guaranteed, as a consequence of being obedient to God’s commands (verse 7).
This information, which was basically the final legacy that Moses shared with his people, is primarily intended for the people of Israel. It also certainly applies to other people living within those borders, but furthermore, it applies to everyone personally. Obedience to God’s commands is and will remain the basis for the blessings and well-being of all people.
Unfortunately, people often find all possible explanations for their unhappiness or lack of blessings, never recognizing their own poor choices regarding God and His commandments. In these chapters, God reveals the path to incredible success that is open to everyone, but primarily His people of the covenant, Israel.
May as many people as possible claim these irresistible “secret weapons” of God, but particularly His chosen people, Israel.
Knowing the Redeemer for all the powerful blessings of God,