Scripture Read: Leviticus 26
Title: Blessings for Obedience and Consequences for Disobedience
(H) Highlight verse: "These are the statutes and rules and laws that the LORD made between him and the people of Israel through Moses on Mount Sinai," Lev. 26:46
(E) Explain: The conclusion to Leviticus, specifically chapter 26 deals with God giving final instructions of obedience. In this passage God begins by demanding that idols, statues or altars to false gods be prohibited. He then continues to speak about His expectations of obedience from the people of Israel. God speaks conditional promises and curses to Moses to inform the wilderness children. He begins by promising blessings for obedience. He basically says, "If you do what I tell you to do, then I will bless you abundantly." On the contrary He says, "If you do not do what I have instructed then I will punish you greatly." Interestingly in verses 41 and 42 we get a glimpse of God's mercy as well. He informs Moses that if the people are disobedient or rebel but eventually return to Him and be obedient He will remember His covenant with Abraham and He will forgive and bless. This truly shows the nature and compassion of God.
(A) Application: Today we have the blessings of receiving forgiveness of our sins not because we offer sacrifices to God, but because Jesus was our ultimate sacrifice. God extends forgiveness and grace to His children because of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross of Calvary. Since Jesus has sacrificed himself for us and we are forgiven does this mean we can live however we want? Absolutely not! God still demands obedience. God still expects us to walk in holiness and live our lives for His glory. We will still face consequences for disobedience. Jesus has offered himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, and He has made a way for us to be at peace with God. His grace is truly amazing and we should never take his grace for granted and live for the pleasure of today and disregard our call to pursue holiness and live in obedience to His Word.
(R) Respond: Thank you Jesus for being perfect sacrifice for all humanity. Thank you that by your grace we are saved. Thank you that you call your people to confess and repent of our sins and put our trust fully in you so that we can walk upright as citizens and children of the Kingdom of God.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
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