About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This chapter is all about
God's blessings if
In verse 1 God tells
I will not comment on all
blessings listed in this passage.
Verse 7 states that when
nations come in one direction to attack Israel, they will flee in seven different directions.
I see this as a prophecy of the last day attack on
Verse 10 states that all
nations will come to realize that you are called and named by God
Himself. These nations will
fear Israel. Again, I see this as
You will note right away
that the section with the curses is much bigger than the section with
the blessings. In our world
of positive thinking, that might not be all that socially correct, but I
don't think the Lord cares much about our social habits. When
you think of it, there has probably been more cursings in Israel's history than blessings. That
might account for more blessings here than curses.
Again, I will not comment
on each and every curse listed here.
I believe that 70 A.D. is
a important date in Jewish history.
That is when the Roman army totally demolished Israel. The army killed most Jews
living in Jerusalem
and sent the rest away throughout the known world.
The curses you see in this chapter culminated in the destruction
of 70 A.D.. In verse 20 God
says that these curses will end in sudden ruin, and that is what indeed
took place in 70 A.D..
Verse 26 says that Jewish
carcasses will be food for the birds of the air and beasts of the field.
This is a picture of the devastation seen after the Roman attack.
Verse 32 states that Israel's sons and daughters will be given to another nation.
That is exactly what happened in 70 A.D..
Jews were disbursed throughout the known world to live in other
nations that weren't there own.
Verse 33 speaks of being
cruelly oppressed. That has
been the plight of the Jews since 70 A.D..
Hitler's oppression of the Jews is an example, and I believe an
example that began the end of Jewish oppression.
It's ironic to me that a few years after the murder of millions
Note in verse 46 that
these curses will be an everlasting sign, a sign forever of their
disobedience. That tells me
Note also verse 47.
In the days of Israel's prosperity, they will not gladly serve their God, and for this
reason, these curses will come upon them.
This is not only the situation with Israel
but also with Christians and the church.
It is an ever-present tendency to forsake the Lord when things
are going well for us. It's
only when things turn bad that we turn back to Him.
Note in verses 53 to 5e
the depth of despair that Israel
finally gets to in their disobedience.
Fathers and mothers, especially mothers, will eat their children
because of their great hunger. Mothers
will actually eat their afterbirth.
This is horrendous, but this is what actually happened in the
siege on Jerusalem
in 70 A.D.. That's how bad
it actually got for the Jews. This
is all because Israel
would not follow the commands of their God.
awesome name – the Lord your God" is found in verse 58.
I seldom, if ever, use the word "awesome" for anything
or anyone, other than for God Himself.
He alone is "glorious and awesome".
Note the words "the Lord your God".
Another way to say this is, "Yahweh your Elohim".
Of all the so-called gods in the world, for Israel, "Yahweh" alone is their God, or, their "Elohim".
Verse 61 speaks of the
total destruction of Israel. We must take this verse in
total Biblical context. Some
say that this prophecy has come true, and that it has.
That being said, God will honour His promise to Abraham.
will recover from this destruction as promised.
In verse 63 God tells
In verses 64 and 65 God
says that He will send the Jews to every nation of the world where they
will worship other gods. That
clearly took place in 70 A.D.. From
that time on Israelis could be found in most, if not all nations of the
world, and they did worship other gods.
Jews took up the cultural and societal aspects to these nations,
which in one sense of the word was worshipping other gods.
It is interesting to note
that for the most part, when one civilization is defeated by another and
they are spread throughout the world, they lose their identity.
They get absorbed by the nation they reside in, never to regain
who they once were. That is not the case with the Jews.
No matter what nation they can be found in, a Jew is still a Jew,
whether he is a practicing religious Jew or not.
This is for a reason. God
will bring the Jews, His people, back into prominence at the end of this
age. For this reason, they
can't be a los civilization.
The rest of this chapter
states horrible things that
will happen to the Jews, things that I believe found ultimate
fulfillment under Hitler's persecution.
I've said this before, but I believe Hitler's persecution was the
final punishment of Israelis before God allowed them to go back to the
land God had promised them.