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In our stubbornness and pride, we find it so much easier to keep some external set of rules rather than accepting the Gospel and depending on His grace.
Leviticus 26 & 27
Leviticus 26 & 27:
God’s response to repentance
God lays out the blessings of obedience and the consequences of disobedience in chapter 26. The blessings of the Mosaic Covenant were conditional on their obedience. But even under that covenant God honored repentance. Verses 40-42:
“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.”
Give Him the glory due His name
Verse 2, “Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” God is God even over all the forces of nature as the rest of this passage illustrates, “The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox” (vv. 5-6).
What would cause Lebanon and Sirion to skip like a calf? An earthquake maybe? Think about the up and down motions as the earth’s plates shift and move. What would cause mighty cedars to splinter? A hurricane or tsunami? God is God over all of His creation! And thus deserves “the glory due to His name” and all our worship.
The blessing of the Lord
Verse 22-24-“The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it…” On the other hand, “The fear of the wicked will come upon him …” Perhaps one of the greatest fears wicked men have is the fear of losing what they have attained.
Walking in grace powered obedience
The Scribes and Pharisees continually sought reasons to accuse Jesus. Here they accuse Him of failing to teach His disciples to obey the traditions of the elders. Jesus accused them of failing to keep God’s law while they condemned others for not keeping their human laws. They had turned from the worship of the true and living God to religion!
As human beings we find it so much easier to keep some external set of rules or standards rather than humbly allow God to search our hearts and help us to fulfill the law of God which Jesus summed up as love God and love others (Matt. 22.36-40). And while we can never love God or others as we should in our own strength, when we accept the Gospel, He helps us walk in grace powered obedience.
As you spend time in His Word this week ask Him to help you worship Him and not tradition and to love others with His love. If you’re not sure you’ve ever accepted or fully understood the Gospel, go to the free resources page and read the article “If you died tonight …” or email me (email@example.com). I’d love to help explain it to you.