In my daily Bible study time I am currently reading through the Bible in a year and making notes on each chapter as I go. I am currently in Leviticus – the law given to Moses on Mt Sinai. Additionally, I am co-leading a women’s study on the book of Revelation. I am learning a lot about who God is and about Israel’s role as God’s people. Chapter 26 of Leviticus just laid out God’s promises to Israel should they choose to obey Him or not. Blessings or curses. Just two chapters earlier was the first recorded stoning of an Israelite by the whole congregation for his sin of cursing God.
Living as we do in this current age of grace, we tend to forget that God means what He says. Chapter 26 was laid out exactly as God had promised in Daniel. He does what He says. Literally. Yet at the same time He always holds out the hope of restoration and redemption should we change our ways, humble ourselves and return to Him. He told Israel that if they confessed and humbled themselves that He would remember the covenant He made with Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham.
Over and over in Leviticus God commands the people to be holy because He is holy.
When we choose to go our own way, to live life the way we want to and in so doing disregard God’s commands, we will reap the consequences of those choices. God is just.
I pray that you also will come to know who God is through the reading of His word. Don’t give up asking all the questions you have. Seek out the truth. There is absolute truth to be found. God is faithful. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. Accept Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord. Receive God’s Holy Spirit as your guide. He will help you to understand the scriptures. You will be blessed if you do the things that God has required.
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. (John 13:12-17 ESV)
Today is a new day. This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Walk humbly with your God. Be encouraged. Press on!