1. God's promise if a land for Israel.
Genesis 12:1-3The Call of Abram1The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.2“I will make you into a great nation,and I will bless you;I will make your name great,and you will be a blessing.3I will bless those who bless you,and whoever curses you I will curse;and all peoples on earthwill be blessed through you.”
Genesis 17:1-8The Covenant of Circumcision1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”3Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
Genesis 15:18-2118 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”Deuteronomy 28:1-8
Blessings for Obedience
1If 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. 2All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:3You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.4The 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.5Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.6You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.7The 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.8The 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.
Deuteronomy 28:15-19Curses for Disobedience15However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:16You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.17Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.18The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.19You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.
Deuteronomy 28:63-6663Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess.64Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods—gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. 65Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. 66You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life.
4Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. 5He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.
22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It
is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for
the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where
you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been
profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then
the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD,
when I am proved holy through you before their eyes. 24 “ ‘For I will take you
out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you
back into your own land.
2. GOD’S PURPOSES FOR ISRAEL.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”