Verse of the Day – May 31, 2023

Verse of the Day – May 31, 2023

May 31, 2023 – Wednesday 

Leviticus 26:19    NIV

19 I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.

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Tomorrow begins Pride Month for the LGBT… community. And that led me to look at the first-time pride is mentioned in the NIV which is in the verse above. If you go here you will see the verse in all its Biblical versions.  Take the time to look at the site as a few have arrogance instead of pride and a few mention proud power or proud strength or proud cities.  

So, what is going on that would make God so angry He would say, 19 I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze. Well, the first thirteen verses speak of the rewards for obedience. Then the next seven verses describe what happens as punishment for disobedience. The first four are terrible, but they are expected to bring Israel back into obedience; 14 “‘But 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.

After all of that you might expect a return to obedience. But what if the arrogance and pride are so great, they still will not turn back to God? Well then, 18 “‘If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over. 19 I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze. The problem with persistent continuous disobedience is pride in one’s own thinking or power. God is saying such pride must and will be broken. What of this phrase, the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze? The skies will not provide any rain and the ground will not produce any food. You will go hungry. Which leads to the next verse, 20 Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of your land yield their fruit.

It is of interest to note the ending of verse 17, you will flee even when no one is pursuing you is captured in Proverbs 28:1, The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Bottom Line: Better to be righteous and as bold as a lion rather than proud, prideful, and arrogant fleeing thought no one pursues

Prayer: Almighty God, Thank You for the warning about the danger of pride in our hearts thinking we know better than You what is right and wrong. Thank You for the gift of grace so that we can change our ways without great punishment to begin with. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ     

Riley D. Driver – Pastor          

Chapel of Dayton    

in Beavercreek