What is blessing? If we look at Deuteronomy 28, we find both Lordship and prosperity. The first verses speak to fully obeying God (Lordship) and the verses that follow define God’s blessings. Let’s study this together.
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you. The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
If you obey the Lord, all these blessings will come upon you and accompany you. He will grant you abundant prosperity. The Lord will open the heavens to send rain on your land. If you lend to many and borrow from none, that means you have more money than what you could use for your physical needs. You have surplus to make available to others. God’s intention for the children of Israel was blessing, prosperity, freedom and healing. In many ways it is parallel to what we found earlier in 3 John 2. This is blessing. This is God’s heart for us.