Deuteronomy 28:3-6 (NKJV) 3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

Here in the Old Testament and in these verses, we have six blessings for obedience. Moses says if the people of Israel, as a nation, obey God then they will be blessed. And in the verses to follow, beginning with verse 15, we have 12 curses for disobedience. You may wonder why only 6 blessings when there are 12 curses. And you may ask “where are the other six blessings?” The other six blessings are found in the New Testament. The Lord Jesus Christ delivered them as part of His Sermon on the Mount. These beatitudes are eight blessings, plus another for perseverance. They are recounted for us in Matthew 5:3-12. The Lord Jesus Christ began His message like this because His listeners new the Old Testament blessings and they would listen closely for the other six. The Lord Jesus Christ promises an abundance of blessings to those who will listen and obey. But there are curses that would fall upon those who forsake the Lord. These blessings follow obedience. And these curses follow disobedience. For the individual and for the nation.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.