Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 28:15-68
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
Immediately following the blessings God promised to His obedient people came a huge "but if": "But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you" (Dt. 28:15). The curses that God warned Israel about were comprehensive, covering every aspect of their lives. Verse 20 sums it up well: "The Lord will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me." God wants us to understand that we will pay a high price for trying to live our lives apart from Him. In the course of pronouncing these curses the Exile of God's people Israel many hundreds of years later was predicted. "The Lord will bring you and your king whom you set over you to a nation that neither you nor your fathers have known" (Dt. 28:36). These prophesies demonstrate the truthfulness of God's Word. The horrors that befell Israel because they had forsaken the LORD are all but unspeakable. Yet, the fact that they were restored by God and the promised Messiah still came from Israel is a testimony to God's mercy and faithfulness.