每日诗歌: 全然向你 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idW6DCX6tOo)
在摆出了所有的规则和律法之后，以色列人面临两种选择 – 服从或不服从。选择决定后果。服从显然符合神的永恒旨意。 “我要在你们中间行走；我要作你们的神，你们要作我的子民。”（26:12）。这并没有改变，它永远不会改变。不服从将导致极大的苦难，最坏的情况，他们要被逐出应许之地（26:33）。这个对比是非常明确的。
成为圣洁就是在神面前献上全人。成为圣洁就是谦卑地依靠神的怜悯，紧紧抓住第二次机会。当我们即将进入精彩的下一卷书 – 民数记时，愿我们将这两点铭记在心。同时，为你读完了这第四卷非常难懂的书，鼓励一下自己吧！
Leviticus 26 [Read]
Leviticus 27 [Read]
Mark 2 [Read]
Finally, we come to the end of Leviticus. After giving all the rules for making offerings and all the laws for living a holy life, God concluded it with a sobering warning in chapter 26. Though we may feel uncomfortable in reading part of this chapter, it benefits us greatly if we humbly seek God’s eternal will behind those strong words.
After laying out all the rules and laws, the Israelites faced two choices – obedience or disobedience. The choice determined the consequences. Obedience obviously aligned well with God’s eternal will. “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people” (26:12). This has not changed, and it will never change. Disobedience would lead to great afflictions, and the worst case was to be chased out of the Promised Land (26:33). The contrast was terribly clear.
The first thing struck me in reading this was the lack of a 3rd choice. One either obeyed or disobeyed. God did not leave room in between. Wouldn’t it be great if we could have freedom in choosing the things to obey in biblical teaching? Even though most of us are doing it anyway, it is not the eternal will of God. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness” (Jn 8:12). Light indeed has nothing to do with darkness. Maybe there is a point for the first offering, the burnt offering, to stipulate the burning of the WHOLE bull as “an offering to God by fire, an aroma pleasing to God” (Lv 1:9).
The second thing was that the chapter did not stop at verse 39. God knew his people, and he left the door open for them to return. “When their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, I will remember my covenant…and I will remember the land” (26:41-42). Second chance never comes easy, and the blessings shall flow abundantly to those who treasure it. Our God does not want anyone to perish (2 Pt 3:9).
To be holy is to be whole before God. To be holy is to humbly rely on God’s mercy and grab hold of the second chance. May these two points be engraved on our heart as we move onto the next exciting book – Numbers. In the meantime, give yourself a great pat on the back for finishing this 4th and very difficult book.
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