February 8 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 25-27
"If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword will not go through your land." (Leviticus 26:3-6)
Leviticus chapter 26 is a prophetic history regarding Israel’s presence in the Land of Promise. After a brief introduction based on the first four commandments (26:1–2), God set forth the conditions for covenant blessing: “walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them” (26:3). The statutes and commandments were the stipulations of the covenant so God appealed to His people to keep their part of the covenant, which would guarantee His favor upon them.
This chapter is uniquely reserved to pronounce blessings on those Israelites who are obedient to God (vv. 3-13) and to announce curses on those Israelites who are disobedient to God (vv. 14-39). God used twice as much space to issue warnings and curses for disobedience (25 verses) over the blessings for obedience (10 verses). God used adversity here as a promised fruit of disobedience, not to inflict revenge upon His people, but to lead His people to repentance (vv. 40-42). In fact, the chastisement would increase in severity as we progress through this chapter (vv. 14, 18, 21, 24, 28).
Note that the blessings of God are conditional and follows the if-then format. God promised the following blessings to the Israelites if they would keep His commandments: rain, fertility (v. 4), productivity, security (v. 5), peace, safety (v. 6), victory over enemies (vv. 7, 8), fruitfulness, and the God’s presence in their midst (vv. 9–13). There are three divisions of blessings (vv. 4, 6, 11) and each is prefaced with “I will give”. They include material prosperity (vv. 3–5), victory over the nation’s enemies (vv. 6–9), the assurance of God’s presence in the land (vv. 11, 12), and the dignity of personal freedom (v. 13).
God used the word ‘covenant’ eight times in this chapter. It reminded the people of their special relationship with Him and the responsibilities belonging to that relationship. If they obeyed the terms of the covenant, they would remain in the Promised Land and enjoy His blessings. God does not promise material success to His new covenant people today, but He does promise to be with us and meet our every need and bless us if we obey Him. Are we obeying God completely in our daily lives?