Blessings and Punishement in Leviticus

Posted by Matt Lane on April 25th, 2008 filed in Bible, Bible Reading

It was so clear to the people of Israel.  How could they miss it?  How could they not know how God was going to react? The answer:  They did know but didn’t care.

Many blessings if the people obey God:

Leviticus 26:3-13

God’s blessings removed if they disobeyed:

Leviticus 26:14-20

There is lots more punishment in verses 21-33.

You could sum it all up in this verse:

Leviticus 26:33

Verse 39 talks about rotting…yikes.

And then proving that he is a God of second chances:

Leviticus 26:40-45

Okay so they had it.  The good and the bad.  They KNEW what happen to them if they didn’t keep God’s laws.  In a society such as theirs, many of them would have had these passages MEMORIZED.  So their excuse for spitting in the face of God was…?  Hmmm.

So this rings home with me.  WE have much more of the Bible today.  In fact, we live after Jesus and so we know the hero of the entire Bible. We know much of what God set in motion way back in Genesis.  So why the do we ignore, grow cold, turn our backs, and spit in the face of God?   I think there is a pattern here.

It seems that even though we know all about the sins of our fathers over the last several thousand years, we knowingly continue in their cycle of disobedience of arrogance, pride, lust and greed.  Will we ever learn? Umm…will I ever learn?

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