Vices of unfaithfulness to God’s covenant-

STUDY 19        
5th Sunday after Easter (Rogation Sunday)        
May 9, 2021
SUB-THEME 3: God’s covenant with man-(12)
TOPIC: Vices of unfaithfulness to God’s covenant-
TEXTS: Deut. 28: 15-44

i.    to understand the concept of biblical curses and
ii.    to expose what can bring Covenant Curses on a people

INTRODUCTION: Today is Rogation Sunday, a day to bless all our work tools and implements. We should know that God did not predestine us or our work to curses. The curses recorded in the Bible are a result of the failure of men to obey God’s commandments and their deviating from the covenanted principles of blessedness to human vices (Deut. 28:15). There are more cursesthan blessings and curses are in essence the opposite of the picture of blessedness we saw in our last study. The first group of curses (Deut. 28:15-19) is an echo of misery in the regular routines of life, subject to sudden ruin, disease and drought, no protection and deliverance from the enemy and people are reduced to the worst kind of barbarism and are also seen as figuratively returned to Egypt (v 68). 

1.    Explain your understanding of Curses in the Bible? Gen 2:16-17; 3:17-19; Isaiah 59:1-3.
2.    Identify and explain the various Curses of life pictured in: (i) vv 15-19; (ii) vv20-26; (iii) vv 29-29; (iv) vv 30-35; and (v) vv 38-44
3.    What brought the Curses upon the Israelites, as individuals or as a group?  V 15; Ps. 78: 16-18; Isa. 65: 1-6; 2 Cor. 10: 6
4.    How can we regain the lost virtues and God’s blessings on our works and our family? Isaiah 55:6-7; 12-13;1John 1:9.

CONCLUSION: God’s intention for mankind has been to bless them. However, humans are always willing to run the paths of self-indulgence that lead to vices. On this path lies vices and curse which are the opposite of God’s blessings. Therefore, choose to walk in the path of godly obedience.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Tread the paths of virtues and blessedness and flee from the road of vices and Curses.

MEMORY VERSE: Deut. 28: 15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.”