We have come to the end of Leviticus in chapters 26-27. Have you ever tried to find more pages at the end of a book? I almost want to do that here…chapter 26 outlines a basic rewards and punishments system. God so wanted Israel to obey that He designated levels of punishment to call them to repent. And it is fairly easy to see this unfold in the rest of Israel’s history. But Leviticus 27 discusses vows. What’s that all about?
You can buy back something from this vow, but if you to change this other one, both things become holy to God. And you can vow pretty much anything: land, food, people…why is this the end of the book on God’s plan for Israel’s government?
Well, Israel promised to obey God. And sometimes they could do it, and sometimes they needed to choose a different way. God gave them a few options.Commitment, yet some flexibility. How much of your life would you be willing to give up as dedicated to God?
Leviticus 26: “12 And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.”
So don’t go back to the old ways. Do not try to mimic the people around you. What He’s giving is a recipe for life, not disaster! And God, I look away so fast. I pursue other things. I get impatient. God, thank You for Your love, Your gentle calling, Your fierce desire for us to enjoy the best of life…to the extent that sometimes life seems very hard so we recognize what that is. Please help me listen to Your gentle voice, not push it aside. Thank You. Amen.