Just like being children of our earthly parents where we receive rewards and punishment for our obedience or lack of obedience, the same occurs with our heavenly Father. God Blesses those who are obedient to His commandments and to those who walk in His ways. To the ones who are disobedient and follow other Gods, they are among the cursed.
If we listen to God and do all that He tells us and continually walk in His ways, we will receive all the blessings that He has for us. However, if we are disobedient to God and follow other Gods we will receive the curses that are due us.
The Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible (2011) lists 21 blessings that come from God when one is obedient.
- God will set you on high above all the other nations of the earth and all these blessings shall come one you, and overtake you
- You will be blessed in the city
- You will be blessed in the field
- You will have perfect offspring
- Your crops will be blessed
- Your cattle will increase
- Your flocks will increase
- Your baskets and storehouses will be full of good things
- You will be blessed in all you undertake
- You will have complete victory over all your enemies
- Your land will be abundantly fertile and productive
- You will be established as a holy people to God
- You will be a witness and an example to all people on earth
- All nations will be afraid of you
- You will be prosperous in goods, in children, in stock, and in crops in all the land
- The Lord will open to you all His good treasure
- The heavens will give you rain in due season in all your land
- The Lord will bless all the work of your hands
- You will be prosperous enough to lend to many nations, and you will not need to borrow from them
- The Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail
- You shall be above all men and never beneath them (Dake, 2011, p.378) [Deuteronomy 28:1-14 KJV]
Dake’s (2011) also lists 15 curses which fall upon those who are disobedient.
- You will be cursed in the city
- You will be cursed in the field
- Your baskets and storehouses will be cursed
- Your children will be cursed
- Your crops will be cursed
- Your herds will not increase
- Your flocks will not increase
- You will be cursed when you come in
- You will be cursed when you go out
- Jehovah will send cursings upon you
- He will send vexation
- He will send rebukes
- You will fail in all you do
- You will be destroyed
- You will quickly perish (Drake, 2011, p.379) [Deuteronomy 28:15-62 KJV]
Dake, F.J.(2011).Dake’s annotated reference bible: The holy bible.Lawrenceville, GA: Dake Publishing, Inc.