Today’s reading is Leviticus 25-26.
“I am the Lord.” In its various forms (found in 49 verses throughout Leviticus), this statement is likely a shortened reminder of its first appearances in Leviticus 11:44-45: “For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God.” As God reveals His law, He repeatedly reminds the Israelites He didn’t bring them out of Egypt so they could go back to the Egyptian gods, worship the native gods of Canaan, or even allow the Israelites themselves to become their own gods. He brought them out so He could be their God and they His people. Why should they obey Yahweh? Because He is their God, their deliverer, their redeemer, their sanctifier. But notice the last times this phrase is used in today’s reading in Leviticus 26:44-45: “Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not spurn them, neither will I abhor them so as to destroy them utterly and break my covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God. But I will for their sake remember the covenant with their forefathers, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.” Most of the time, God is reminding Israel why they should obey Him, but in the end He explains why He will always deliver them. What a powerful reason to put Yahweh in the beginning of our lives, knowing that He will not forget we are His but will remember His covenant with us. Praise the Lord!
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, please don’t misunderstand today’s reading. This was written to the Israelite nation as they were about to enter the Promised Land. God was promising the nation of Israel blessing when they obeyed and cursing when they didn’t. This does not mean every individual Christian today will have a good and easy life if he or she obeys God. Neither does it mean everyone who is having some kind of struggle necessarily disobeyed God. It does point us to eternity though. Those who let Yahweh be their God will be blessed eternally, and those who refuse to let Yahweh be their God will be cursed eternally. Even when you face great trials, tragedies, and traumas, never forget God, you can be assured He hasn’t forgotten you, but will deliver when the time is best for you and for His glory.
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