When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, 2 and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, 3 then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. 4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back. 5 He will bring you to the land that belonged to your fathers, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. 6 The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. 7 The LORD your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you. 8 You will again obey the LORD and follow all his commands I am giving you today. 9 Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, 10 if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. (NIV)
- Back in Bible study two we examined this passage from Deuteronomy
because of its promise of a restoration of the nation of Israel. Now I
would like you to very carefully read it with a view to the expulsion of
the Children of Israel from the promised land.
- Was there a question of whether or not the children of Israel
would be banished from the Promised Land?
- Where were they to be banished to?
- HINT: Deuteronomy 30:4
- HINT: Jeremiah 9:16
- HINT: Ezekiel 5:10
- HINT: Ezekiel 16:8-10
- HINT: Ezekiel 20:23, 22:15, 36:19-21
- HINT: Amos 9:9 "among all the nations"
- HINT: Micah 5:8 "The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples,..."
- Sometime around 600 BC the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar conquered the remaining kingdom of Judah and carried the Jews to Babylon. They were forcibly held in captivity for seventy years, and then allowed to return to Israel.
- This captivity was a model of the real and final banishment of the Jews by the Romans in 70 AD. The Romans literally scattered the Jews throughout the known world.
- In Deuteronomy 30:2 what is the condition that the children of
Israel must meet before the restoration spoken of in this passage will
- To this day has Israel obeyed God with their whole heart and
- Please read verse Deuteronomy 30:5 very carefully.
- Has Israel, at anytime since their restoration from the Babylonian
captivity been more prosperous than they were during the time of king Solomon?
- It is very important to read and understand exactly what the
Bible says. If what we read is not exactly fulfilled then it is not fulfilled.
God knows exactly what he is going to do and the prophecies are carefully
- So based on our historical knowledge of Israel we can know that
this passage in Deuteronomy 30:1-10 has never been fulfilled.
- Will it ever be fulfilled?
- HINT: Matthew 5:17-18 There are no spare parts in the Bible.