Be silent, Israel, and listen! You have now become the people of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 27:9
We don’t see the phrase, “shut up and listen” too often, nor do we result to this tough position, but here we have Moses and the Levitical priests adding some punch to their words. Listen up people, here are your blessings and curses: curses for idol makers and commandment breakers, blessings for those who are obedient. Each of the curses are punctuated with an Amen! from the people. Lord, I hope that I will shut up and listen to you!!
I love the imagery in this description of those who are blessed for obedience:
The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. Deuteronomy 28:7
That verse is so appropriate for many of my friends who are working so hard to serve Christ’s church. I thought about texting that to each one individually…still thinking about several. I pray that they will find comfort in the promise of the Christmas season. When we get down and feel beaten, I pray these words will pop up in their minds. Come Holy Spirit, come! Scatter my enemies!
No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:16,22