Leviticus 25: 24—26: 46
The Israelites have entered into a covenant with God. It is referred to as the Mosaic Covenant because Moses is the one who the information is given to. Today we get the blessing and curses portion of the covenant.
The blessings for obedience to the ordinances sound divine—because they are! Harvests so large that it fills the grain houses to the point that some of the harvests from the last season is thrown out. Never a lull in crops. Health and wellness. Protection from animals and enemies. Everybody can get behind the blessings.
However, this same loving God who wants to bless them will also curse them for disobedience. He will turn against them if they worship pagan gods. He will send armies against them. He will make the ground hard as bronze. No rain, no harvest. Illness will run rampant. They will try to run but plagues will follow them. And why does he do this? Why does he punish so severely for disobedience? Why doesn’t he just put them in the “timeout” chair and tell them to think about what they did? The answer is in following verses that say, “And if in spite of all this, you still disobey me, I will punish you seven times over for your sins. I will break your proud spirit by making the skies as unyielding as iron and the earth as hard as bronze.” He goes on from there to increase the curse if they do not relent and become obedient. This is God’s mercy on them. Remember He told them that worshiping pagan idols would enslave them and trap them. God punishes those He loves to that they will come back to Him and be free of sin.
He then tells us, “…then at last their stubborn hearts will be humbled…” He also says that no matter the amount of disobedience He will never completely abandon them or reject them. The covenant is based on His character, not theirs. He will keep His promise that He made to Abraham. And that is good news because we are about to see just how disobedient Israel can be.
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