"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Deuteronomy 28 (KJV)
28 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
14 And thou shalt 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.
15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
20 The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
26 And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.
30 Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.
31 Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them.
32 Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand.
33 The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:
34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
We see here in our text that God is clearly outlining the consequences of the Israelites actions regarding their faith, behavior, and lifestyles. If they are faithful, living by God’s Word and not that of the enemies that will surround them they will be blessed. If they fall out of their faith and love with God, turning wicked in their hearts then they shall be cursed. With today’s political and social climates, we can not allow ourselves as believers to fall by the wayside thinking of the world. Although we no longer use the law a means of salvation from God due to the redeeming blood of Jesus, we should respect God’s laws and authority. If we live a gracious, pure, and holy life according to God’s Word we can expect to be blessed and if we live cursing His Word we can expect to be cursed. We reap the harvest that we sow. This does not necessarily mean we will all drive luxury cars and live in nice homes, but it does mean we are a blessed people in general and at heart. Many times as Christians, we find out that joy and happiness are not necessarily the same although they may often go hand in hand. We must have the joy of the Lord even in our struggle and times of sorrow. We have joy knowing that we are expecting the arrival of a far better place after this earthly life. I pray that you will study this chapter and become familiar with its message and meaning. May the words of this Scripture be written upon you heart.
A. What Does All This Mean?
1. Show You Care With Your Obedience
a.) Listen To God and spend time in His Presence
b.) Follow through on your promises to Him
c.) The fruit of your labor will make it obvious which direction you are headed
d.) There is a difference between a season of struggle and trial vs. a lifetime of worry created by bad decisions and broken promises.
C. Being Unsaved Doesn’t Protect You From The Fruit of Your Labor