Today we read the blessings for obedience and the punishments for disobedience in Leveticus 26. Did you notice that 13 verses were dedicated to the blessings and 32 verses were dedicated to the punishments? The Lord is a good Father! He is warning His children, whom He loves greatly, of the punishments for their disobedience just like we warn our own children. (Ex. If you stay in the backyard, we will go for ice cream later. If you don’t obey, there will be no ice cream, you will be sent to your room, I will take away the tv, all video games, and anything else dear to you!) Why do we do this as parents? Because we know the dangers that could come upon that child if he or she leaves the backyard without us. God’s love for His children is far greater than anything we can give and His ways are far greater than anything we can imagine.
The Lord’s desire has always been for His children to walk with Him by faith and trust that His Word is good. We saw this back in the garden with Adam and Eve. He told them not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil bc He knew what would happen if they did. They chose to disobey His Word and sin entered the world but He didn’t abandon His children. He had a plan to save them. We see Him say something similar in today’s reading. He says if they obey “I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people”. Then He gives them a long list of what will happen if they disobey, one being “I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies”. The punishment is to bring His children to repentance so they will turn back to Him. He goes on to say “But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness which they were unfaithful to me…then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember…when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them”. This is exactly what will eventually happen. One day the Israelites will be taken away by their enemies but a lot more happens before we get to that part of the Story so keep reading!