Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Reward For Obedience or Punishment For Disobedience?

Leviticus 26:1-46 NIV

Reward for Obedience

1“ ‘Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. 

I AM The LORD your GOD.

2“ ‘Observe MY Sabbaths and have reverence for MY Sanctuary. 


3“ ‘If you follow MY Decrees and are careful to obey MY Commands, 4I WILL Send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. 5Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.

6“ ‘I WILL Grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I WILL Remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. 7You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. 8Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.

9“ ‘I WILL Look On you With Favor and Make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I WILL Keep MY Covenant With you. 10You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. 11I WILL Put MY Dwelling Place Among you, and I WILL Not Abhor you. 12I WILL Walk Among you and Be your GOD, and you will be My people. 13I AM The LORD your GOD, WHO Brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I Broke the bars of your yoke and Enabled you to walk with heads held high.

Punishment for Disobedience

14“ ‘But if you will not listen To ME and carry out all these Commands, 15and if you reject MY Decrees and abhor MY Laws and fail to carry out all My Commands and so violate MY Covenant, 16Then I WILL Do this to you: I WILL Bring On you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. 17I WILL Set MY Face Against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.

18“ ‘If after all this you will not listen To ME, I WILL Punish you for your sins seven times over. 19I WILL Break Down your stubborn pride and Make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.20Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of your land yield their fruit.

21“ ‘If you remain hostile Toward ME and refuse to listen To ME, I WILL Multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve. 

22I WILL Send wild animals against you, and they will rob 

you of your children, destroy your cattle and make 

you so few in number that your roads will be deserted.

23“ ‘If in spite of these things you do not accept MY Correction but continue to be hostile toward ME, 24I Myself Will Be hostile Toward you and WILL Afflict you for your sins seven times over. 25And I WILL Bring the sword on you to avenge the Breaking of the Covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I WILL Send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands. 26When I Cut Off your supply of bread, ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied.

27“ ‘If in spite of this you still do not listen To ME but continue to be hostile Toward ME, 28then In MY Anger I WILL Be Hostile Toward you, and I MYSELF Will Punish you for your sins seven times over. 

29 You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters. 

30I WILL Destroy your high places, Cut Down your incense altars and Pile your dead bodiesb on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I WILL Abhor you. 31I WILL Turn your cities into ruins and Lay waste your Sanctuaries, and I WILL Take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings. 32I MYSELF WILL Lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled. 33I WILL Scatter you among the nations and WILL Draw Out MY Sword and Pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins. 34Then the land will enjoy its Sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its Sabbaths. 35All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the Sabbaths you lived in it.

36“ ‘As for those of you who are left, I WILL Make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them. 37They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies. 38You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you. 39Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their ancestors’ sins they will waste away.

40“ ‘But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors—their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward ME, 41which made ME Hostile Toward them so that I Sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, 42I WILL Remember MY Covenant with Jacob and MY Covenant with Isaac and MY Covenant with Abraham, and I WILL Remember the land. 

43For the land will be deserted by them and will enjoy its Sabbaths while it lies desolate without them. They will pay for their sins because they rejected My Laws and abhorred My Decrees. 44Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I WILL Not Reject them or Abhor them so as to destroy them completely, Breaking My Covenant with them. I AM The LORD their GOD. 45But for their sake I WILL Remember the Covenant with their ancestors whom I Brought Out of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their GOD. 

I AM The LORD.’ ”

46These are the Decrees, the Laws and the Regulations that The LORD Established at Mount Sinai between Himself and the Israelites through Moses.

Leviticus 26

This chapter contains a general enforcement of all the laws given by Moses; by promises of reward in case of obedience, on the one hand; and threatening of punishment for disobedience, on the other.

While Israel maintained a national regard to GOD'S Worship, Sabbaths, and Sanctuary, and did not turn aside to idolatry, The LORD Engaged to continue to them temporal mercies and religious advantages. These great and precious promises, though they relate chiefly to the life which now is, were typical of the spiritual blessings made sure by the Covenant of Grace to all believers, through CHRIST.

1. Plenty and abundance of the fruits of the earth. Every good and perfect gift must be expected from above, from The FATHER of Lights.

2. Peace under The Divine Protection. Those dwell in safety, that dwell In GOD.

3. Victory and success in their wars. It is all one With The LORD to save by many or by few.

4. The increase of their people. The Gospel church shall be fruitful.

5. The Favor of GOD, which is the fountain of all good.

6. Tokens of HIS Presence in and by HiIS ordinances. The way to have GOD'S ordinances fixed among us, is to cleave closely to them.

7. The Grace of the Covenant. All covenant blessings are summed up in the covenant relation, I WILL Be your GOD, and you shall be MY people; and they are all grounded upon their redemption. Having purchased them, GOD Would Own them, and Never Cast them off till they cast HIM off.

After GOD Has Set the blessing before them which would make them a happy people if they would be obedient, he here sets the curse before them, the evils which would make them miserable, if they were disobedient. 

Two things would bring ruin.

1. A contempt of GOD'S Commandments. They that reject the precept, will come at last to renounce the Covenant.

2. A contempt of HIS Corrections. If they will not learn obedience by the things they suffer, GOD HIMSELF Would Be against them; and this is the root and cause of all their misery. 

And also, the whole creation would be at war with them. All GOD'S sore judgments would be sent against them. The threatenings here are very particular, they were prophecies, and HE That Foresaw all their rebellions, Knew they would prove so. TEMPORAL judgments are threatened. Those who will not be parted from their sins by the Commands of GOD, shall be parted from them by judgments.

Among the Israelites, persons were not always prosperous or afflicted according to their obedience or disobedience. But national prosperity was the effect of national obedience, and national judgments were brought on by national wickedness. Israel was under a peculiar covenant. National wickedness will end in the ruin of any people, especially where The WORD of GOD and the Light of the Gospel are enjoyed. Sooner or later, sin will be the ruin, as well as the reproach, of every people. 

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