The simple thing that God wanted

Leviticus Bible Background

Old Testament: Lev 26.40–42

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 26–27 on February 18, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

The Lord God made Himself clear to ancient Israel what He wanted and what He did not want. He also warned them that if they sinned as a nation and did not repent, they would suffer the consequences. However, He was also quick to make known to them that they could repent and that He would remember them:

“But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt—then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land.”

– Leviticus 26.40–42

There you have it as plain as can be. However, Israel went into sin and learned in the most difficult way possible that the Lord means what He says and says what He means. After they experienced captivity, they did turn to Him, and He did remember the covenant He had made with their fathers.

Questions:

  • What would they have to confess?
  • What would become uncircumcised but they could later humble?

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