February 27

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 26, 27

These are the last 2 chapters of Leviticus and the book closes with a severe warning. Chapter 26 speaks clearly of the blessings the nation will enjoy if they are obedient and the horrible, painful consequences if they are disobedient. Chapter 27 gives specifics about the redemption value of people and things that are dedicated to God.

God foresees the Israel’s disobedience. He states His willingness to forgive if they would repent. He is very longsuffering. But ultimately he foresees their punishment in captivity. In addition to punishing the people for their sin, what other objective does God mention that he will accomplish by taking them away from their land for a time? (Leviticus 26:33-35)


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3 Responses to February 27

  1. Sandy Steinman

    God not only foresaw Israel’s disobedience He foresaw progressive rebellion on the part of His people as He described the progressive punishments that would and did take place. His statements in 26:33-35 envisioned the Israelites not adhering to his commandments the rest that he wanted the land to have every seven years and in the year of Jubilee and the fact that he would scatter them among the nations would give the land the rest that He had provided for.

  2. Mary K

    I am wondering, with the image of the land “resting” during the Israelites captivity, God was teaching Israel that His good plan was going to prevail with or without them. The blessings of obedience contrasted to the curses of disobedience is the difference between a life with God and a life separated from God. Although He was speaking to Israel’s physical well-being and continuation as a nation, I can learn from this comparison the difference between a soul that is lost and one which has been redeemed.

  3. I think as Sandy said above, the land itself was to lay fallow for specific periods of time and had not, and this would happen with the Israelites in captivity.

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