Leviticus 26-27, 1 Thessalonians 1
Leviticus 26 took me back to the Garden of Eden. It is God’s heart to bless us, to have us live under his protection, to walk with us and to be our God. This is the way God intended it to be with us. He knows that we are the ones who will break the covenant, turn away from him, and the result will be devastating. Praise Him for making a Way to restore a right relationship with him. Because he loves us.
“[But if they remember me … and repent … and return to me … then I will remember my covenant with them. And respond in mercy. To my people]”.
Thank you everyone for helping me through Leviticus! I have gained more understand through everyone’s comments. I am really enjoying this study.
Whew the eating of your sons and daughters got me. I struggle with the OT God. Lev 26:24 doesn’t resonate the ‘God is love’ we always hear about. I am not rebelling just trying to understand ….
I agree that it is difficult to read through the Old Testament and understand the things God says and does. I try to read in through the lens of.. God is so very very holy. We are sinful and so unworthy. Before Jesus, man had to make atonement for his own sins, which was still done imperfectly. I believe through all of the Old Testament, God was setting the stage for the birth of the messiah, who would perfectly atone for our sins . He is a jealous and holy God. Without Jesus, we cannot approach his throne! We would be physically unable to stand in his presence because of our sinfulness.
To me Leviticus says, God is so holy. And because he is so holy, this is what you have to do to be acceptable. Of course now, we have Jesus! All we have to do is accept him as our Lord and Savior! Praise him!
Thanks Ashlea that’s helpful!
Amen! Great points!
I know! This was challenging today.
I viewed this as the people without God would be left to face the horrible outcomes and consequences of their sins. And this being a result of their starvation due to their sin and life without God’s provisions. It wasn’t God, but them reacting to their own sin’s consequences.
Does anyone know why the value of men vs. the value of women is different in Leviticus 27:1-7? I’m trying to not let it bother me, but I’m curious!
I also am wondering!
NADINE. You pop up in the most wonderful places.
I read a commentary on a blog called Giants for Christ (Google that and the scripture passage). It mentioned something about the monetary value correlating with the amount of work that person could get done. So, a man in his prime can do a lot more physical labor/work in the fields than a woman. Sorry my explanation is not very good. Check out the blog for a little more substance!
Your explanation actually makes a lot of sense and answers my question. Thank you!!
Just wondering if anyone else gets a little confused or freaked out with this verse in Leviticus 27:
29 No one who may have been set apart among men shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.
I mean did some people just get dedicated to God or dedicate themselves and then die????
Debbie, I have no idea…that’s not a very helpful answer! Now I’m curious too!
Yeah I get a bit confused as well when reading this, I had to read a couple parts quite a few times!
It sounds to me like if someone was set apart to The Lord and then was ransomed (aka someone paid money to have them back to normal, not set apart to The Lord) then they would be killed. It’s saying that if someone is set apart as holy, they shouldn’t go back to being a vessel used for worldly purposes.
here’s what my translation says: “29No person who has been set apart for destruction is to be ransomed; he must be put to death.” I think this has more to do with if God has said someone has to die for what they have done they can’t be ransomed by the price mentioned above. Like God said that some people groups that the Israelites were going to come up against were dedicated to destruction, meaning that they weren’t supposed to let them live and Ransom them, they were to destroy them completely.
relating that to us, I think there is a verse in the New Testament about how we were objects of God’s Wrath, and we were set apart for Destruction, but Jesus ransomed us with His death in our place, the only possible substitute
Thanks JJ – this makes good sense
Amazing how God does everything to us so he can get our attention. He provides for us in all of our daily things….food, money, peace, grace, patience, and much more. His yoke is easy and His burden is light!
This last reading in Leviticus really resonated with me. The beauty of this promise: 26:12 “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people,” followed by the consequences of turning away, followed by the ability to return to God when/if we had stepped away. How amazing that this still holds true today!
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