Empty Versus Full

Yesterday I read Deuteronomy 28. I have no idea how many times I’ve read it over the years. However, this time I cried. It was so sad for me, knowing what was ahead for the children of Israel’s disobedience.

Verse 15 was spoken after all the blessings for obedience were spread out before them. It says, “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.”

Reading the curses was like watching a horror movie. They had a choice to be fully satisfied through obedience, or to be emptied through their disobedience. We have the same choice moment by moment.

Joshua 1:8 says that as we read God’s word, we are to observe to do. The Hebrew for observe means to keep, guard, give heed, have charge of, keep watch, protect, retain, treasure up (in memory). 

We observe His words to us so that we can put them into practice. 1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” The Amplified says, “…live and practice the Truth (which the Gospel presents).”

John 3:21 Amplified says, “But he who practices truth (who does what is right) comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—wrought with God (divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him).”


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