Deuteronomy 11: A Blessing and a Curse

Synopsis:

Moses tells everyone to keep the commandments and God will bless them. If they don’t, God will curse them. Therefore, you need to bind up Moses’ words and put them on your hand so you can remember it. Teach them to your children; put it on your doorposts and on your gates. Just don’t forget, or you will be cursed.

In other words:

Don’t forget: Obey God and be blessed, ignore God and be cursed. Your choice.

Favorite bit:

Deuteronomy 11:18 – the whole bind up my words and put them on your arm, is where the chabad – tradition of tying boxes to your arm and forehead comes from.  It’s not something someone made up! It’s actually in the Bible!

Least favorite bit:

Deuteronomy 11:16 – Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside and serve other gods, and worship them.  Clearly, even after all they had been through, worshiping this particular god was not a done deal.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Threats and curses clearly don’t work to create compliance (Deuteronomy 11)