Tag Archives: Leviticus 26-27

February 11, 2018 Bible Study — Blessings and Punishments

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Leviticus 26-27.

    Today’s passage begins with the blessings for obedience to God’s commands followed by the punishments for disobedience. The blessings are the results of obeying God’s commands. They are not rewards God bestows on us for being good (or, at least, not primarily), they are just how things work. The same is more or less true of the punishments. I do believe that God will sometimes accelerate the minor results for disobedience in order to give us the opportunity to correct our behavior before something truly terrible results. The closer a society adheres to God’s commands, the more prosperous and secure its people will be. The further they are from God’s commands, the more impoverished and ravaged the people will be. There have been a few exceptions throughout history, but they have all been short-lived and served God’s purposes in other ways.

February 11, 2017 Bible Study — The Consequences of Doing Right and of Doing Wrong

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Leviticus 26-27.

    The book of Leviticus ends by telling us the consequences of obedience and of disobedience. Obeying God’s laws will lead to peace and prosperity. Disobeying His laws will lead to calamity. This is one of those passage which has both a literal meaning and a figurative meaning. It speaks of God blessing us for doing right and punishing us for doing wrong. This is true, God will intervene in our favor if we do right and He will punish us when we do wrong in order to teach us to do right. However, it is also true that blessings are a natural consequence of doing right and doing wrong will result in unpleasant consequences without God intervening. Doing right or wrong is an individual decision, each one of us must decide on their own to do right or to do wrong. This passage discusses what happens when the majority of the people do right or do wrong. Our decision to do right or wrong can, and will, have consequences for the people around us. If I choose to do what is wrong, it is not only I who will suffer, those around me will also suffer, especially those I care most about.

February 11, 2016 Bible Study — The Righteous In Society Are Like the Yeast In Wine-making

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading. I had been using One Year Bible Online, but it was time for a change.

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Today, I am reading and commenting on Leviticus 26-27.

    Today’s passage describes how things will go in the land if the people of Israel are faithful to God, and if they are unfaithful. When I read this passage, I think of when God told Abraham that He would not destroy Sodom if He found 10 righteous people there. A nation where the people worship and fear the Lord will prosper and become mighty. For this to happen it does not require that all of the people genuinely worship God. It does not even require that the majority do so. It only requires that some critical mass do so. If that critical mass fears and worships God, they will act like yeast in that society. Their righteousness will permeate the entire society, changing it so that everyone is inclined to act righteously.

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When I think of the yeast metaphor, I am reminded of making wine. If you put enough yeast in the juice, you will get wine. Unless you allow the juice to be “infected” with too many of certain other microbes. If you allow that to happen, rather than turn into wine the juice will become foul and disgusting. This passage warns us about what will happen to society if that happens as well. I really like the metaphor of wine making for the impact of righteous people on society. Juice left to itself in an open container may turn into wine, or it may turn into a foul liquid that not even the most desperate alcoholic would consider drinking. Under certain circumstances the yeast takes over and makes conditions so that the damaging microbes cannot thrive. Under other circumstances, those other microbes take over and make conditions inhospitable to the yeast. Which kind of society do we have today?