God would use yet another punishment

Leviticus Bible Background

02.18.2019 – Old Testament: Lev 26.36–39

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 26–27 on February 18, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Leviticus 26.1–13 lays out clearly the blessings for Israel, if they obeyed the Lord. The rest of the chapter shows the various forms of punishment that the Lord would use on Israel when they went astray from Him, including:

“And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee; they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues. They shall stumble over one another, as it were before a sword, when no one pursues; and you shall have no power to stand before your enemies. You shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; also in their fathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away” (Leviticus 26.36–39).

That is not a pretty picture for a people once highly favored by the Lord. Yet, He would not look away from their sin simply because they were His people, but He would deal with their sin just as He would with anyone else. Truly, for the church now, Peter said that God’s judgment will begin with the house of God, that is His people (1 Peter 4.17).

Questions:

  • If you have turned to the Lord, what did it take to get you to turn to Him?
  • Are you confident about your fellowship with the Lord?

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