Scripture: Leviticus 26-27. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Leviticus Chapter 26 points out the two paths of obedience and disobedience that God set before the Israelites. God gave the Israelites freedom and dignity. If the Israelites obeyed, there would be peace in the land, but if they disobeyed, disaster would come. God wanted to help the Israelites grow, not destroy them. The Israelites were required to give certain things to God and to His service, such as the firstfruits of their harvests, firstborn animals, firstborn sons, and a tithe of their increase. God also taught the Israelites that when they made a vow or a promise to God, they were not able to go back on their vow/promise even if it ended up costing more than they expected. The Book of Leviticus is filled with the commands that God gave to His people at Mount Sinai, and the Israelites were to follow them.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Just as God brought the Israelites out of slavery, we, too, are set free when we accept Jesus. We are no longer bound by sin’s slavery and bogged down in the shame of past sins. God has forgiven us. However, we still need to be careful of temptation to return to former sinful patterns. We must always search our hearts and find peace with God. God used sin’s consequences to draw the Israelites to repentance. Today, we may not always know the reason why calamity strikes. It could be the result of our own disobedience, someone else’s sin, or from natural disaster. Disaster and calamity is not always the result of our wrong-doing, so we must be careful of misplaced guilt, which is one of the devil’s favorite weapons against us, as believers. God always expects us to keep our vows and promises even if it is difficult to do so. Even though Leviticus seems irrelevant for today’s time, God has not changed, and we should constantly search for ways to apply the principles of God’s law to our present circumstances.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, thank You for setting us free from sin through Your son Jesus. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and thank You for being such a loving God. Help us to flee from temptation and returning to former sinful patterns. Help us not to judge others but to encourage and love those who need it most, for only You can judge us and our sins. Please also help us to keep our promises both to You and to others even though it may be very difficult. Help us to apply the principles of Your law to our present circumstances, fleeing from the wrongs in life. We love You and thank You. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.