Have you ever wondered how Old Testament Scriptures would read in the New Covenant context?
Just last night I had that very thought when I was referring to the blessings of Deuteronomy 28. I thought, ‘Let me see how this passage will look like in the context of us being in Christ’.
So, here is my ‘in Christ version’ of Deuteronomy 28…
Deuteronomy 28: 1-14 (Ulandi’s Version…hehe):
Since Christ has diligently obeyed the voice of the Lord your God and observed carefully all His commandments which He commanded you, it has come to pass that the Lord your God has set Him, Christ Jesus, high above all nations of the earth. When you believe in Him who obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, you will be with Him and all these blessings will come upon you and overtake you:
Because you are in Christ…
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, since Christ paid attention to the commandments of the Lord your God and fulfilled the law for righteousness, which God commanded you, and was careful to observe them and did not turn aside from any of the words which God commanded you, not to the right or the left. He kept trusting God and did not go after other gods to serve them, not even considering Himself; He only did what His Father said to. Because of His complete work, by faith in Him, you are blessed!
Scripture references to meditate on: Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Romans 8: 1-11; Romans 10: 1-11; Philippians 2: 6-11
(Verses changed to be ‘in Christ’: Deuteronomy 28:1-2 & 13-14. Scripture modified from the New King James Version)