Feb 22 (Daily reading: Leviticus 26-27) You have persevered and made it to the end of Leviticus! We arrive at 26:1-13 and see that, if we are obedient, and reject idolatry (26:1), we will see the following blessings:
(2-5) God’s provision: “So you will eat your food to the full and live securely in your land.” Spiritually speaking, we will be nourished by His word (our spiritual food) as we will “live securely in the land;” this represents life “more abundantly” (Jn. 10:10).
(6-8) God’s victory: “I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down, with no one to make you afraid.” Peace is not the elimination of all adversity, but the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of it. He did not take them around the Red Sea, but through it! They did not bypass Jericho, but conquered it through obedience to God’s commands.
(9-10) God’s purpose: “I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you.” God’s plan for us is to be fruitful and multiply. Jesus said, “If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (Jn. 15:7-8). Fruitfulness is related proportionally to our living in and by His word!
(11-12) God’s presence: “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.” Why would we not be obedient when God has made such a promise to us!
(13) Our status as recipients of God’s blessings: “I 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” (NIV). “If the Son sets you free, you really will be free” (Jn. 8:36). You have been liberated! Walk with your head held high!
– Al Gary