Deuteronomy: Holiness and its Benefits

     The “Second law” has proven to be instrumental in pointing a new generation of God followers to a way of life separate and apart from the lives of those that have chosen to live contrary to the Mandates of God. They were reminded of the things God did on their behalf as well as the consequences of allowing the fallacy of falsehoods to dominate their lives. The evidence is that God is just and will honour His Word even in the face of those that have no trust or reliance on Him. Even more God is faithful to those that have been faithful to Him. This is the reason that holiness cannot and will not go unrewarded.

     Deuteronomy 28:3 clearly shows that those that heed the voice of the Lord our God are promised “ Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.” This very idea of being blessed in both the city and the field is indicative of the fact that God remains with those that love Him. God is faithful and will not leave His people alone. Just as the promise of God to bless the obedient people of holiness in the city and the field meant that He would not leave that young generation of Israelites. The promise is repeated by Jesus to those other adherents of the Word. Just prior to His ascension Christ’s words of encouragement were “and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

     But words of comfort are not uncommon to the people of God. Promises not to leave the faithful holy ones are evident throughout the holy writ. Take, for instance, the dream of Jacob recorded in Genesis chapter fifteen. The encouraging words of God are, “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land” (vs. 15). There is no doubt that Jacob would travel in the city and in the field. God was with Jacob’s fathers Abraham and Isaac and would continue to be with those that love, trust and obey His standard of holiness.

     Yet the fact of the blessings of God outlined in Deuteronomy chapter twenty-eight is conditional. God does not haphazardly bestow blessings without a cost. The cost of God’s blessings are certain and sure in that the adherents of His Word must “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” (vs. 14). Instead faithfulness to God and His command are a must so that the people of God will be rewarded for faithfulness to the call to holiness. And should that call be heeded  “The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways” (vs. 9).

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