“And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” Deuteronomy 28:11-12
Why did God go to such lengths to enumerate in such detail the manners in which He would bless His people? Was it not enough that He delivered them out of the bondage of slavery and that He showed miracles and wonders before their eyes, that He provided for them when they could provide nothing for themselves?
He could have stopped with the promise that He would bless them and they would be a blessing. That’s profound enough beyond anything they could have imagined. But He didn’t stop there. He specifically promised broad sweeping blessings and particular, precise blessings to them in everything that encompasses daily living as well as the promise of wealth and power in the future from generation to generation.
God’s intent for His people was and is to demonstrate the fullness of Jesus Christ’s authority, presence, power and glory (the fullness of all the riches of Heaven and Earth) in each and every one of us, to the end that the world will see the fullness of Jesus and believe that He is indeed and in truth Lord of All.
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:20-23
The foundational purpose for our oneness with Jesus and the Father is to be vessels, carriers if you will, of the glory of God on the earth, and by doing so demonstrate that we are so like Jesus that the world will know that Jesus was sent from God the Father and that He is God’s expression of His love for the world, for every man, woman and child.
All that God is promising here is exactly the life, the nature, the character and the expression of the life of Jesus on the earth, and even greater, as He is now in Heaven.
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17
Just to emphasize the point, the Scripture does not say, as He was or as He will be. It says, as He is so are we in this world.
Think about this. Here are the blessing listed as they are mentioned in the passage.
The Lord shall make you:
Plenteous in goods
Plenteous in the fruit of your body
Plenteous in the fruit of thy cattle,
Plenteous in the fruit of thy ground,
Remember He already promised to bless them with all these things (see vs. 4), but now He is restating it with emphasis and with overflowing measure. What God is saying is this. First, I’m going to bless you. Then I’m going to multiply your blessings to overflowing.
And he will do all this “in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.”
The land is most important here, because it represents a continual dwelling place to be a possession for them and their descendants, a place of constancy, exclusively for them, for generations to come. The land is their home, their national identity, a place of safety and protection, a sovereign territory that defined who and whose they were. It was God’s Holy piece of real estate in the world from which would come the Messiah, the Savior of the world and the place where He would ultimately establish His throne (the New Jerusalem see Revelation 21) on the earth.
But He’s not done yet.
The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season,
Rain is the catalyst for growth of seed in the earth and for the production of fruit on the vine, on the trees, on the produce of grain and all manner of foods. It is the necessity to sustain human life, indeed every living thing that walks, stands, crawls or creeps on the earth as well as all that are in the seas and that fly in the air, in seasons of draught all manner of things die, including men, but when the rain returns life springs forth abundantly.
to bless all the work of thine hand:
This is the second promise to bless all the work of our hand.
And finally, thou shalt lend unto many nations,
thou shalt not borrow.”
As a nation we shall be the producers of goods to the world and we shall be the source of their capital for their nation’s growth and sustaining. But we shall not have need to borrow because we will be more than abundantly provided for from the resources of God’s enormous outpouring of blessings on us.
All of these promises, —to be blessed in the city, in the country, coming in, going out, in our basket and our store, in our kneading bowl, in the fruit of our livestock, the fruit of our bodies, the commanded blessings in our storehouse and all that we set our hands to, now He promises an abundance of goods,(plenteousness) and multiplied blessings of all that we own of value in ever increasing value and all of it happening where we live, on the face of it, sounds staggering—too good to imagine and too great to truly comprehend. God’s promise of this kind of blessing is too great to take in as really true from a human perspective alone, so it becomes easy for us to create in our minds some more palatable scenario to fit our unbelief, rather than, as Abraham did, exercise the faith to take God at His word and stagger not at the promises.
The promises are received by faith. And we will obtain them if we don’t stagger at the enormity and overwhelming greatness of them.
Consider Abraham’s faith.
“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:13-22
Abraham did not stagger at the promises of God, and neither shall we. By faith we take hold of them and with our whole heart believe that for us God has declared all these things in our lives so we take hold of them now, fully expecting God will do what He has promised.