• Deuteronomy 11:26-29
  • Joshua 8:30-34

The blessings of obedience

Did this really happen? Yes!

  • The location is there.
  • Its arrangement works.
  • An altar has been found.
  • Other structures have been found.
    • Joshua 1:3
    • Joshua 4:19-20 – Gilgal means “circle.” It’s not necessarily a city or town.
    • Archaeologists found a large stone circle in the right place to be the “Gilgal” mentioned in the text.

Did the blessings come true? Yes!

  • Deuteronomy 28:6-7
    • Late bronze age/early iron age
    • Large Canaanite cities were destroyed
    • Replaced by small settlements of invaders
    • Dietary remains, construction techniques, and inscriptions say …
    • They were Hebrews
  • Joshua 11:10-11 – The ruin of Hazor
    • Archaeologists found a thick layer of destruction and ash when excavating Hazor.
    • Joshua 21:43-45

What do we learn?

  • Deuteronomy 11:26-27
  • The blessings of obedience
    • The blessing of God’s help
    • The blessing of righteousness
    • The blessing of true success
    • The blessing of rest and peace
    • The blessing of a lasting legacy
  • How do we receive them today?
    • Ephesians 1:3
    • John 4:14, 23
    • Blessed are the poor in spirit
    • Blessed are those who mourn
    • Blessed are the gentle
    • Blessed are those who hunger for righteousness
    • Blessed are the merciful
    • Blessed are the pure in heart
    • Blessed are the peacemakers
    • Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness


  • Obeying God from the heart beings blessings in this life and the life to come.
  • These blessings are real and certain.
  • We receive them in Christ.
  • We should choose these blessings and the life of obedience that brings them.