-This chapter outlines the blessings of obedience and the penalties of disobedience for the nation of Israel with significance to the Christian walk. God begins with telling His children not to make idols, images, or sacred pillars of false worship (worthiness). He is the LORD their God, and His people are commanded to keep His Sabbaths and reverence His sanctuary. His people are to walk in His statutes and carry out His commands. If this happens, He will give them rain in its season, and the land will produce abundantly for their provision. Peace will also be in the land that follows God’s rules, and along with that, security. They are guaranteed to chase their enemies away and have complete victory over them. They will multiply and be strong in the LORD. God’s dwelling will be among them, and His soul will not reject them. The Deliverer will break the bars of the yoke of every kind of slavery and make them walk erect (Leviticus 26:1-13).
-On the other hand, a severe warning is issued for disobedience in not carrying out all of God’s commands. If they reject His statutes and abhor His ordinances, the LORD will appoint sudden terror, consumption, and fever that will waste away the eyes and cause the soul to pine away. Fruitless will be the result in the field. Their enemies will strike them down, and those they hate will rule over them. They will be afraid and flee even when no one is pursuing them. They will be punished seven times for their sins. The pride of power will be broken down and drought will consume their land. Plagues and disease will result, and the beasts of the field will destroy their cattle and reduce the human population. Their roads will lie desolate. Cannibalism and the constant threat of being conquered will be their plight as their idols are destroyed, their cities are laid waste, and they are scattered to the foreign nations. Then the LORD’s land will enjoy its Sabbaths all the days of Israel’s desolation and exile. The remnants left in the land will have weakness in their hearts, and they will have no power. Many of God’s people will perish among the nations and the enemy will consume their Promised Land due to their iniquity. This actually did happen eventually in Israel as the ten northern tribes were lost to antiquity and the southern kingdom eventually was consumed by Gentile powers even though God’s plan was carried out through Jesus Christ (2 Kings 18:10-12, Daniel 2). This is the awful promise for transgressing their God (Leviticus 26:14-43).
-Despite their unfaithfulness, God in the end declares, “Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I so abhor them as to destroy them, breaking My covenant with them; for I am the LORD their God. But I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God. I am the LORD (Leviticus 26:42, 44-45).” “These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which the LORD established between Himself and the sons of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai (Leviticus 26:46).”
-*Application* If we want to walk in the fruitfulness of God’s provision, we must obey Him and walk in fellowship with His desires. Setting up our own agenda is tantamount to idol worship and brings His displeasure with our lives. The question for us today is this: do we want God’s way or our own? He clearly presents the blessings and the solemn warnings to both the children of Israel, our own nation, and individually as people. The choice is always ours. So God clearly sets before us the path of life or destruction (Deuteronomy 28). We are without excuse.
Verses to Memorize: Leviticus 1:9, 12, 44