Virtues of faithfulness to God’s covenant-

STUDY 18                
4th Sunday after Easter             
May 2, 2021
SUB-THEME 3: God’s covenant with man-(11)
TOPIC: Virtues of faithfulness to God’s covenant-  
TEXTS: Deut. 28: 1-14  
i.    to identify the various Covenant Blessings and
ii.    to teach the condition necessary for the Covenant Blessings

INTRODUCTION: The Covenant Blessings relate to the familiar themes of Israel as God’s chosen people (Deut. 28: 1, 9-10, 13); rest from enemies (Deut. 28: 7); and prosperity (Deut. 28: 3-6, 8, 11-12). This Covenant is not only the good effect of words; it also has the power manifested in His love for them to bring them the blessings of life, riches, fruitfulness, or plenty (Gen. 1: 22, 28). It is important to know that grace prompted God to promise a new blessedness to the Israelites (Exod. 12: 25) and His faithfulness urged Him to fulfill that promise. God’s blessedness and grace are eventually fulfilled in Christ (Gal. 3: 15-18). What then are the requirements for these blessings and how do we meet them as Christians?

1.    Identify and explain the various Covenant Blessings present in: Deut. 28:1-14. 
2.    What is the necessary condition for the Israelites and any individual to attract these covenant blessings? Deut. 28: 1a, 14; Jer. 17:24-25; Luke 11:28.
3.     Why should the covenant keepers remain committed to the end and benefit from the blessings?  Dan 12:12-13; Matt 24:13; Heb 3:14; Rev 2:10.
4.    What is the most blessed virtue for all believers? Rev 21:3-4. How are you keeping the conditions of this virtue?

CONCLUSION: The blessings of God which cover every area of life are not an end in themselves but the outcome of obedience for the purpose of glorifying God among the nations. It is therefore expedient for Christians to keep their faith in godliness to the end so as to inherit the eternal virtues in God’s kingdom.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Covenant Blessings depend on our obedience.

MEMORY VERSE: Deut. 28: 1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you above all nations of the earth.”