1 When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, 2 and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where He scattered you. 4 Even 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. 5 He 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.
In earlier chapters Moses explained the blessings and curses, given to him by God, that would come upon Israel when obedient and when disobedient. Now, in this chapter, Moses describes what will actually happen in the future to Israel as given to him by God. The worst punishment would be Israel scattered and exiled throughout the world. Moses tells them, even under those conditions – especially under those conditions, to remember the blessing as well as the curse.
The blessing comes when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where He scattered you. In fact this was largely fulfilled when Israel returned from their exile to Babylon (as recorded in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah). However, the ultimate would begin when the modern State Israel was re-established on May 14,1948. Begun as Ethiopian Jews returned to Israel in two waves of mass immigration assisted by the Israeli government: Operation Moses (1984), and Operation Solomon (1991). More came later from the former USSR when between 1989 and 2006, about 1.6 million Soviet Jews and their non-Jewish relatives and spouses, as defined by the Law of Return, emigrated from the former Soviet Union. According to a One News Now recent article, another 27,000 returned to Israel last year alone. The gathering continues.
David Guzik notes
At one time, in the early days of the Zionist movement, the British offered the country of Uganda to the Jews as a place to establish a Jewish state. If that would have happened, and if Jews from all over the world had flocked there to establish a Jewish state, it would not fulfill the promise of restoration stated here and in other Old Testament passages.
But of course that would not fulfill the promise of a return to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it.
Today, the modern state of Israel does greatly prosper and is seemingly stronger and richer than at any time in Biblical History. The strength and God’s blessings may be seen in a recounting of the 6 Day War in 1967 when “small” Israel defeated an alliance of nations and regained much of the original territory of Israel granted to them by God. You may read about it here and here.
It’s Monday and I hope you have Great Week while thinking on how Almighty God continues to keep His promises – even in our lifetimes and through His Son Jesus.