Scripture: Leviticus 26:3-6 3 “If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, 4 then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 5 Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely. 6 I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land.
Observations: In Acts, the Jewish religious community vows to kill Paul. Paul’s nephew learned of the plot, so Tribune sends Paul on to stand before Felix. In Leviticus, we read the blessings for obedience and punishment for disobedience. I remember the first time I ‘really’ read this passage. I was asked by my pastor if I would read it just moments before the service. As I read it, I remember feeling like the floor might drop out below me. I felt so convicted of all I had ever done wrong, and I truly wanted to repent of every sin. Leviticus 27 is an explanation of how costly it could be to take an un-thought out vow.
Application: Leviticus 26 was written for the Israelites, but one thing is for sure – God keeps his promises (which at times almost feel like threats). For anyone reading this Scripture I pray that you will understand just how serious God is about desiring our obedience. Don’t walk contrary to the Lord.
Prayer: Lord God, I at this time ask you to forgive me for anything I have done that is contrary to your desires. I pray that you will help me stay true to your way. Be merciful Lord. I pray for any of my friends who may be struggling to follow you! I praise you Lord, and thank you for your grace.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 1-2; Acts 24