Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the ground that you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.
This was the response that Moses recorded for Israel to give to God in a cycle of grace and dependence. God graciously led Israel to the Promised Land. He empowered them to take the territory by military conquest. He instructed them on the spiritual commitments, civil actions, and mutual responsibilities in the Law. He blessed them as they obeyed Him.
Now, after they experienced His gracious overflow throughout the blessings of bumper crops, livestock in abundance, natural resources, and true life in the Promised Land, they came to worship with tithes and offerings. As they freely blessed the God Who blessed them through the offering of their gifts, He responded with even more joy and blessings upon them. Obedience to God brings joy upon joy.
The Law was meant to train this kind of relationship. A cycle of obedience where God's people responded in giving back in appreciation and obedience to Him and His blessing was meant to give perspective. God gave even more to them as blessings fell from heaven. It is true: you cannot outlive God.
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