If you listen obediently to the Voice of God and heartily obey all his commandments God will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. Blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God. God’s blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God. Committed and persistent work pays off. Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the Cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing–just the way Abraham received it.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 ~ Proverbs 10:22 ~ Proverbs 28:20 ~ Galatians 3:13-14