1. Full Obedience Deuteronomy 6: 3
  1. There was a call to fully listen and obey what was commanded
  2. If they did not listen, then a curse would come upon them.
    1. Torah set up so all would know that they fall short of the kingdom of God
    2. We are deserving of the curse because of our rejection of the commands of God
  3. Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Torah
    1. He only did what he saw his father doing John 5: 19, 20 So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
  4. Complete obedience brought the full blessings of God upon Him
    1. He did not receive the blessings but died instead.
    2. Because of this death, we are able to receive the blessings that were rightfully Jesus.
  5. We will look at the fulfillment of these blessings.
    1. Totally fulfilled in the Messianic era, but until then, We have a deposit of what that looks like now.
    2. Promises Yes and Amen in Jesus 2 Corinthians 1: 19, 20

2. Blessed fruit of the land 7: 13

  1. We will harvest more than we can ever eat (See Leviticus 26: 10)
    1. Refers to Messiah coming
    2. Israel was far from this blessing at the time Messiah came. (See Isaiah 53: 2 as a tender shoot coming up from parched ground)
  2. It compares birth to harvest here
    1. John 12: 24 unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains alone, but if it dies it produces much fruit.  John 12: 24
    2. Paul elaborated on this when he compares death to a grain of wheat 1 Corinthians 15: 36-38
  3. Grain, New wine and Oil will be blessed
    1. Jesus blessed grain and wine on the  Passover
    2. Oil used to bless and anoint a new king.  By doing this God will use the new Oil to bless and anoint Jesus the ultimate king.
  4. Promise to us in trials Psalm23: 5 You prepare a table (of bread) before me in the presence of my enemies, you have anointed my head with oil; my cup (of wine) overflows.

3.  Sickness removed Deuteronomy 7: 15

  1. This explains why healing is a sign of the nearness of the kingdom.
  2. Jesus told his disciples to go out and preach the kingdom of God being near and then to heal the sick. Matthew 10: 7,8

4. The Exile Deuteronomy 8: 2

  1. There was a time of discipline in the wilderness Vs 2-5
  2. Lord not slow concerning his promises as some count slowness,  but is patient toward you not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance 2 Peter 3:9
  3. Humbling people by hunger?
    1. Human existence is more than striving for food and shelter
    2. Our focus cannot be consumed with these things. Matthew 6: 33
  4. Not people but “the man” in original Hebrew.
    1. Name for Jesus is The son of Man which is also this wording.
    2. Deuteronomy is literally prophesying Jesus saying he will not live by the bread of this world, but by the bread of heaven.
    3. Jesus told satan that he would live by God’s word rather than earthly bread.

5. Driving Out Enemies 9: 4

  1. They are not to feel self righteous about their position because they are stubborn in all their actions See 9: 6
  2. God is driving them out because he swore he would do it to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Vs 5
  3. The blessings we are looking for can only be found in Jesus and he is the only one who can bring them to pass.
    1. He has promised this by the death and resurrection of Jesus.
    2. Romans 8: 32 He who did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

6. Walk in his ways 10: 12

  1. How do we walk after Messiah?
    1. How do we follow the glory of God?
  2. God clothed Adam and Eve so we are to clothe the naked
  3. God visited Abraham soon after his circumcision so we are to visit the sick
  4. God blessed Isaac after the death of his father so we are to comfort those who mourn

7. Rain from heaven 11:14

  1. Unlike Egypt which gets it’s water from the Nile, Israel needs rain to survive.
  2. Moses promises rain in the proper time 11:; 14, 5
  3. We know these as the former and latter rains.
    1. First rains around Passover or the first coming of Messiah
    2. Later rains will be the return and fulfillment of the fall feasts
  4. Joel 2: 23 Rejoice you people of Jerusalem, rejoice in the Lord your God.  For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness.
    1. Rain and teacher are the same words.
    2. Hosea It is time to seek the lord until he comes to rain righteousness on you could also read Seek the Lord so that you may obtain a teacher of righteousness. Hosea 10: 12
    3. There is a link between rain and teaching.
    4. James understood the teaching that takes place waiting for the rain of righteousness to come.  James 5: 7, 8
  5. Teach us how to live in the blessings of Messiah
    1. Bless our land and bring forth your promises
    2. Sickness removed
    3. Exile destroyed and hunger for food of heaven.
    4. Drive out enemies and fulfill your promises
    5. Teach us to walk in your ways and rain down upon us.