Jeremy Hartley

Assistant Pastor

Leviticus 26

As the parents of three kids that are 5 and under, Noel and I find ourselves repeating the same phrases to our little ones over and over again. One of those phrases comes up when we see a potential argument or scuffle form. We ask, “Will this go well for you?” When we ask them this question it is meant to get them thinking about potential consequences. On the flipside, when we see them doing something great, we usually help them pause and ponder the blessing that comes from being nice, sharing, and helping others.  

After detailing His requirements for holy living in the book of Leviticus, God asks the Israelites to ponder what happens after their actions. He essentially commands them to ask themselves “Will this go well for you?” Leviticus 26 provides a summary of possible outcomes for their actions. They will receive blessings for obedience and punishments for disobedience.

Let’s take a look at one of the promises for obedience. Leviticus 26:12 says, “And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.” God promises that He will finally walk with His people, something that hasn’t happened since the Garden of Eden! Did you know this promise is prevalent throughout Scripture? Paul quotes it in 2 Corinthians 6:16, and John records God repeating this phrase in heaven! “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.’ (Revelation 21:3) Think with me about this lofty promise. God, who is completely holy and incomprehensible in power is telling us that He will one day allow us to dwell with Him!

Furthermore, praise be to God that we do not have to exercise complete obedience in order to earn this promise! We know that the Law was never the ladder to heaven, but instead a mirror to our souls showing our inability to maintain this type of obedience. Jesus was the one who fulfilled what we could not to make a way for God to dwell with His people!

1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” This means that God has given us the ability to live righteously! Our obedience to Him is a direct result of His work. These law descriptions in our Bible reading the last few weeks “help us to see what sin costs as well as the fullness of our forgiveness made possible through the once-for-all perfect sacrifice of Christ.”[1]

Take joy in your life knowing that if you trust in Christ it will go well with you. One day you and I will dwell in the presence of God!

“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4