I've often heard Christians proclaim that our Lord is a loving God and that He doesn't send natural disasters to the earth as an act of Judgment towards disobedience. The principle of this thought is that bad things do not come from the Lord. For my discussion question today I will throw out this topic.
- Does God pour out His judgment on humanity when they turn away from Him?
Please take time to read Deut. 26:16-32:6 before sharing your personal beliefs. Today's reading sheds a lot a light on this topic. Today I want to look at the nature of a covenant, and more specifically the nature of a covenant between man and God. Although marriage is designed to be a covenant between a man and a women, in contemporary culture we have lost the understanding of covenant. Unlike our marriages today in society, a covenant could not be broken. The only way a covenant could be terminated was if one of the two parties was to die. So one must give extremely careful consideration before entering into a covenant because literally it meant til death do us part. Before anyone ever enters a covenant they should sit down and carefully count the cost, because a covenant will cost you your life. A covenant is unbreakable and can only be terminated by death. In relation to Jesus and entering covenant with Him, in choosing to become His disciple He says, "So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple." Luke 14:33 A covenant was to be signed with your blood, it literally was a selling of your soul. Now with the children of Israel what was God's expectation if they were to enter into covenant with Him. God expected them to sign this covenant with their life. If they entered into the covenant and then turned away from the covenant, it would cost them their life. Let's look at a couple of scriptures that illustrate the consequences for the children of Israel if they turn away from their covenant with the Lord.
- Deut. 28:20 "The Lord will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking Him. The Lord will plague you with diseases until He has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess."
- Deut 28:47 "Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you."
As you can see God takes His pledge in a covenant very seriously and He expects no less from the other covenant partner. There is no divorce option in God's covenant. God says for better or worse, til death do us part, we are in this together. If you turn away from me I will do whatever it takes, I will use whatever necessary force to bend you back to me. And if all else fails I'll kill ya, cause that's the only way this covenant will ever be broken. It gives a whole new meaning to God's words, I'll never leave you or forsake you. The moral of the story is don't take entering into a covenant with God lightly. As Jesus said, unless you are willing to give up everything you cannot be my disciple. God is prepared to honor you and to serve you with His whole heart and He expects no less from those who enter into covenant with Him. A covenant with God is literally a two edged sword. On one side it leads to tremendous blessing and prosperity, however on the other side it carries a tremendous curse to those who are not faithful.
- Deut. 28:1-4 "If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God."