The first part, and interestingly, the smaller part, of Deuteronomy 28 is the blessings. As I wrote in my last post, Deuteronomy chapter 28 contains the blessings and cursings given to the nation of Israel at their beginning. America, like Israel, was dedicated to God at its birth as a country. Deuteronomy 28 applies to America for this reason. Do not take this wrong, America in no way replaces Israel. However, because America was dedicated to God by its first elected leadership, the administration of George Washington, many of the same promises and warnings God gave Israel do apply to our own nation. I’ll start with the promises. If Israel (and America) obeys God and deals righteously, they will be blessed. All verses are from Deuteronomy 28 and will be indicated by their verse number unless otherwise indicated.
1. And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently to the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and do his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2. And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Even though America had a lot of wicked things being done by some of its leadership and these wicked things were overlooked by the vast majority of the people (like how we treated the Indians and slavery to name a few), we were still blessed because the majority of people were God fearing to the best of their ability and current culture at the time. We are human, not perfect. Did we not eventually end slavery? So, God blessed us. Massively.
3. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
And that’s what happened! Our nation became a breadbasket. Beautiful cities sprung up all over. Look at the old architecture. In time, we had some of the best infrastructure.
4. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
So we grew in numbers. Back then, large families were common. And so were farms. We had a more agricultural society then than we do today. Back then, farmers actually cared about their land and didn’t destroy it like so many do now. Farming was an art, now it’s more like a let’s-see-how-much-I-can-rape-this-earth-and-not-give-back type of deal. Back then farmers cared about their stock and prided themselves on how they kept their animals. Today those poor animals are pumped full of antibiotics and fed GMOs and God knows what by Big Agra type farmers and often kept in lousy conditions. Because farmers back then took care of the land and animals, which God commanded man to do, we were blessed all the more for it.
5. Blessed be thy basket and thy store.
We became the richest nation. We really didn’t have want, we had surplus.
6. Blessed shalt thou be when thou goest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
I’m not saying that we didn’t have trying times back then (pre-1913), but overall, this nation was blessed. We sent out massive amounts of Christian missionaries all over the world who planted churches, built orphanages and all the such like. Our nation became the beacon of hope and freedom in this world.
7.The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
How many wars have we truly lost? Yes, I know Vietnam was a stalemate and our current wars are a quagmire of cluster-frack that I believe that we are losing. But before now, we were a victorious people.
8. The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Like I mentioned earlier, we had a surplus. Our farms were blessed, our factories were blessed (Not all factory owners were complete dicks), our trade was blessed.
9.The LORD shall establish thee a holy people unto himself, as he has sworn thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
Again, we sent out awesome missionaries all over the world. Church and the worship of God was ingrained in our culture. We were the beacon, God made us a light to the world because we did our best to follow him. Where is that light now?
10. And all the people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
We were, and still are (at least in human terms, but God ignores human terms) the most powerful single military on this green earth.
11. And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
Again the blessing upon our agriculture, manufacturing, population, and trade is promised. None can deny we received it.
12.The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend to many nations,and thou shalt not borrow.
Yes! At one time, we were the lenders. At one time, the dollar was prized and valuable. Our country had no debt or very little. Now the debt is 17 trillion and counting.
13. And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: 14. And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
And we were. WERE. The problem is that this nation DID turn its back on God. The blessings are disappearing slowly but surely. And the cursings? Beg God for mercy, folks, it’s going to be hell. That is, unless the people of God rise up from our complacency and start doing the work of God again like we are supposed to.
Shalom to all. Over and out.