Leviticus 26:1-5

Leviticus 26:1-5

1 “‘Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.
2 “‘Observe My Sabbaths and have reverence for My sanctuary. I am the Lord.
3 “‘If you follow My decrees and are careful to obey My commands, 4 I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. 5 Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.
Leviticus 26:1-5

God continues speaking His commands and decrees through Moses. The first verse above is a restatement of the second of the ten commandments in Exodus 20

4 You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.
Exodus 20:4-5

The second verse for today is a restatement in summary form of the fourth of the ten commandments in Exodus 20

8 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10a but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work.
Exodus 20:8-10a

Then we come to our final three verses of the day which refer to obedience.

3 “‘If you follow My decrees and are careful to obey My commands, 4 I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. 5 Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.
Leviticus 26:3-5

Do you find it odd or interesting that after two decrees from the ten commandments God makes a promise of rewards if they are obeyed? I did. At least until I really thought about it and realized that He is not only Almighty God, but our heavenly Father who loves us and wants the best for us if we will only maintain our covenant with Him or as He says a few verses later about the results of obedience.

9 “‘I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. 10 You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. 11 I will put my dwelling place[a] among you, and I will not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.
Leviticus 26:9-13

However, it does not end there as the rest of the chapter is on what happens

14 … if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, 15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. 17 I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.
Leviticus 26:14-17

And it goes downhill from there. If you spend much time in the Old Testament (recommended) you will find there were amazing times of obedience and terrible times of disobedience. The times of disobedience were either following the rituals of God with their hearts elsewhere or simply entirely rejecting the God of Israel. Then when punishment came, repentance eventually followed and once again blessings came to Israel.

Is it really any different for us today? We are offered the Free Gift of Grace and all the blessings that go with it. The greatest blessing is having a personal relationship with God the Father and the Son and having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Next would the great blessings of no longer being a slave to sin, although like Paul we may still have a thorn in our side to remind us to remain humble.

It’s Friday, I hope you have a Great Weekend and remember to Go To Church where you will engage in and enjoy corporate worship, fellowship, prayer, and hearing the teaching of God’s word.