Today you should read: Leviticus 26
No matter what you believe, most of us can agree that life is about choices. Whether it’s choices on how to spend your money, or what activity you do with your free time. Whether it’s the sports team you root for, or what fanbase you choose to root against. We make a ton of choices every day. If you’re a Christian, you’ve chosen to accept Jesus as your Savior. In this chapter God is giving his people two different choices: obey or disobey.
The first verses up to thirteen tell of the blessings that God will give his people if they obey what he has said. It would be easy for our minds to go straight to prosperity Gospel. That somehow if you follow this checklist you will become rich and never have any problems, but that isn’t the case. God isn’t promising personal wealth and health. If you look at these verses in context, you will see that God is talking to the overall prosperity of the nation of Israel. He makes this evident in verse twelve when he says, “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” He is addressing the whole nation not individuals. If you need more proof, go back and look at the previous chapter and verse thirty-nine. That verse tells me that it isn’t individual wealth. But also, we should remember that God does promise to care for His people (Philippians 4:19).
For rebellion, a punishment is due. The punishments get worse and worse for continued disobedience. If you know the story of the Israelites, then you know that they continually turned away from God. God’s judgments is a topic that a lot of people don’t like to address, but it is important to understand. We need Jesus because the punishment for our sins is death and eternity in Hell, but God sent Jesus to take the punishment for us. He had victory over the grave and saved us from Hell. I love how at the end of this chapter God continues to show grace, “Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the Lord their God.”
By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice: Worship & Students
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