The Scarlet Thread – Kingdom Blessings

During this sermon we will be finding Jesus in the Old Testament.  You can see and hear more sermons in this series!  Visit the sermon series The Scarlet Thread.

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  1. “Ki Tavo”
    1. Name for the time of the Messiah
    2. These verses share the wonderful blessings that would come if Israel obeyed his commands and statues
    3. Jesus comes to rule – these will happen on the earth
      1. Israel will be exalted on the earth (vs.1)
      2. Jerusalem will become the most important city in the world
      3. The Gentiles will serve a Jewish king
    4. When Jesus went out declaring the kingdom of God is at hand, he was referring to these verses
    5. These will all come to pass 
  2. The Curse (vs. 15)
    1. A terrifying litany of curses fill the rest of Deuteronomy 28, and they almost seem to overshadow the beautiful blessings
    2. Moses warned Israel, and Jesus also warned Israel (Matthew 24)
      1. When we study Acts, we will see how every one of these curses came upon Israel when Jerusalem fell
    3. Hope of the covenant with Abraham (Galatians 3:17, 18)
      1. There is a promise of a seed coming to redeem us from the curse (Galatians 3:13)
    4. Israel was at a crossroads when Jesus was here
      1. “Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation” (Matthew 23:36)
      2. “This generation will not pass away until all these t things take place” (Matthew 24:34)
      3. “[Apostles,] be saved from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:40)
    5. The eagle comes
      1. Deuteronomy 28:49, 50
      2. “Vulture” here is also called “eagle”
    6. Israel went into exile, and the gospel went into exile – so to speak
      1. We have lost its context 
  3. Darkness at Noon (vs. 29)
    1. You will grope at noon as the blind man gropes in darkness (vs. 29)
      1. Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour (Matthew 27:45)
      2. Amos ties the darkness into the death of Jesus (Amos 8:9,10)
    2. Passover festival became mourning
    3. 40 years later, during Passover, the Romans surrounded Jerusalem 
  4. Messiah’s Absence (vs. 30)
    1. The betrothed wife and the curse
    2. Deuteronomy 20:5-7 gives exemptions for someone who is going to war
      1. Built a house and someone else lives in it (vs. 5)
      2. Planted a vineyard and someone else uses its fruit (vs. 6)
      3. Marry someone and die in battle and someone else marries her (vs. 7)
    3. These exemptions are all cast aside with the curse.
    4. Jesus will…
      1. Rebuild the house (temple rebuilt)
      2. Vineyard replanted (Israel as a nation – Isaiah 5:7)
      3. Husband to a bride (Isaiah 54:5) 
  5. Given to Another People (vs. 32)
    1. When Jerusalem fell the market was flooded with slaves so they were given away 28: 68
    2. They were used as sex slaves in temples and as gladiators. 
  6. Rejecting Messiah (vs. 45)
    1. These curses are a sign and wonder on the descendants of Israel (vs. 46)
    2. These curses came upon Israel by some supreme wisdom
      1. All Israel did not reject Jesus as thousands came to know Jesus in Acts
      2. Jesus wanted himself hidden
        1. “Peter, don’t tell anyone I am the Messiah” (Mark 8:29, 30)
      3. Curses came from not obeying the Torah (vs. 58)
        1. “Wise man builds his house upon a rock by hearing and doing the word of God” (Matthew 7:24)
      4. Curse on us for disobedience, because we are grafted into the people 
  7. Hope 
    1. Holy Spirit of prophecy will be hidden from you
      1. “If you do not perform all the commands of this Torah written in this book, to reverse this glorious and fearful Name, the Lord your God, the Word of the Lord will hide the Holy Spirit from you” (vs. 58)
      2. Spirit restored at Pentecost
    2. Life hangs in the balance
      1. Your life will hang in the balance (vs 66)
        1. Moses chooses life (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20)
      2. Substitute Messiah with Your life