Leviticus continues with more instruction and warning related to health issues, moral law and worship practices including those of the priests. The Offering of Atonement is explained. Later in the book of the law God outlines various celebrations (Festivals) for His people to remember and put into practice at various times of the year. There are some laws repeated including not making, bowing down to, or worshiping any idols. God specifically talks about the evil Moloch who was an idol that people sacrificed their children by burning them to death. Towards the ending our our reading for the day, God offers his blessing for those who obey him and his curse if the disobey.
Scripture – Leviticus 26:3
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.
God gave very specific instructions to his people. These instructions included laws for disputes between fellow Israelites, laws against specific sexual practices, marriage relations, hygiene issues, skin diseases, worship practices including offerings and even laws for the priests. He did all of this so his people could choose to obey God or disobey. He gave a blessing for those who obey that not only included rain for bountiful crops but also peace in the land, protection, victory in battle, and a healthy family life. Most important, God said he would keep his promises. If they choose not to obey then he would punish them and be hostile towards his people until they confessed their sins. Then he would restore their relationship.
God wanted the Israelites to understand His Holiness and what it takes to have a relationship with him. He gave rules and guidelines so they would know right from wrong and could live healthy and righteous lives. God will bless the Israelites for their obedience. For New Testament Christians, Christ is the Living Word that gives meaning and purpose to all who believe. Because Christ died on the cross for our sins, we have a direct relationship to God through Christ which is our greatest blessing.
Father thank you for your written word that provides instruction for our daily lives. Thank you that our relationship with you isn’t based on specific rules and practices but instead on the unconditional love Jesus displayed on the cross even while we were disobedient sinners. Help us to live obedient and fulfilling lives for your service.