Leviticus 26:3-4 Reward For Obedience

“If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.” Leviticus 26:3-4

After giving many different rules and regulations about what to do or not to do, and how to do various sacrifices and festivals, God encourages the people to follow the rules. If they follow all of His commands, He will send rain on the land and the crops and trees will produce much food.

During the time of the Old Testament, the amount of rain that the land received could make or break a person. Their livelihood was dependent upon the land. It provided food to eat and also food to sell to make the needed money for other things. If there was not enough rain, they would not have enough food to eat. It there was too much rain, it would destroy the crops and still not have enough food to eat.

God was willing to reward the people according to how they served Him. If they kept all His commands, the reward would be great.

Even today God will reward those who keep His commands. The punishment of not following God’s commands today is not immediate death as it was in the Old Testament, but the rewards are still there. God will give grace and favor when you are striving to follow Him.

Since Jesus has come as the perfect sacrifice, the sacrificial system has changed. You no longer have to offer sacrifices for sin daily. However, you do have to go to Jesus on a daily basis to be cleansed of any sin. He is the new sacrifice.

God’s rules today are not as complex as they were in the Old Testament. Today you have to love everyone, including your enemies, you are to be His witness, and you are to make disciples. As you follow these few simple rules, God will pour out His grace, mercy and favor on you. God will bring you through many difficult situations. You will win in the end with Him on your side.

Is God able to reward you today by how you are living your life?

I pray today that you will follow God with all your heart; that God will help you love everyone; that God will guide you to be His witness; and that you will make disciples of everyone.

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Leviticus 19:16 Do Not Slander Or Endanger Others

“Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:16

In this chapter God gives many little rules about not doing various things to a person’s neighbor. Here He is telling people not to slander or endanger anyone. This includes spreading any type of slander that is heard.

Times have not changed. People like to slander others all the time. In the current season of the USA, it is very prevalent among politicians running for various positions. In both the workplace and government positions, when a person wants to get a position over someone else, the common thing is to point out what is wrong with the other person. This is slandering someone else, giving them a bad name in public.

Alongside of this God tells the people not to endanger the lives of their neighbor. This is most often looked at as just the physical life of the person. It can also include their character. No one is to do anything that could cause a danger of any type to any other person.

Slander is just a way of cutting someone else down to make yourself look better. Read the news or magazines and it is full of slander from one person to another, or one group to another. Movies are filled with extreme slander and endangering of other’s lives.

Jesus said that the ultimate rule is to love every person, including your enemies. When you love someone you will not want to harm them in any way. If you are living for Jesus, you will have no need to cut another person down. You will want to build them up.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the process of slandering and harming other people. Regardless of how bad a person is, does not give you the right to cut them down. Pray for them and lift them up before God and others.

What are your words saying about others?

How does your words and actions affect other people?

Do your words and actions build up or tear down people?

I pray today that God will fill you with His love for others; that God will reveal what your words and actions are doing; that you will seek to build others up in Jesus; and that your words and actions will represent Jesus to this world.

Leviticus 18:3 Don’t Do As They Do

“You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.” Leviticus 18:3

God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt after their having been there for four hundred years. Over that time they had been assimilated into the Egyptian culture and beliefs, although they were slaves. They ate their food and lived life the same way with the exception of being slaves. Now that God had pulled them out of Egypt, He did not want them to continue in that lifestyle or go back to that lifestyle.

God was also bringing them into the land of Canaan. This land was also a land where other false gods were worshipped and lifestyles were lived that went against God’s way of doing things. He tells the people not live like the Egyptians or the Canaanites.

Every person who is a believer has come out of their own personal “Egypt”. You were a slave to things that were against God. Depending how old you were at the time you came to Jesus, depends on what you were a slave to. The older you were the more things you were enslaved to.

You are also still in this world as a believer. There are beliefs and cultures around you that as a believer in Jesus you must not take a part of or embrace. Jesus said you are to be in this world, but not a part of this world.

Take an honest look at the practices going on around you. Determine if those practices are what Jesus would have you do or not do. Flee all types of sin. Do not take a part in that sin.

These sins can be physical acts, emotional acts, or thoughts. The world will try to get you to follow their ways, from the local workplace, all the way up to the federal government and the world. Stay separate from the world. Don’t go back to your old ways of living and do not take on the new ways around you.

Live for Jesus today. Do not live for self or the world.

I pray today that God will reveal to you false ways of living; that God will open your eyes to sinful thoughts and actions; that God will strengthen you to live for Jesus; and that God will help you be a light for Jesus in this world.

Leviticus 18:1-2 Your God

“The LORD said to Moses, Speak to the Israelites and say to them: I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 18:1-2

God had told Moses that He was the LORD their God. LORD here is the word translated from the word “Yahweh”. It also means God. He is God their God.

While the Israelites were living in Egypt, they had probably worshipped many gods there. This would be because the Egyptians themselves had worshipped many gods. Having been born and raised in Egypt, in that culture, it would have been hard to do anything different. During the 400 years there, God had been silent. Now, however, God was on the move again. He was going to be their one and only God.

Several thousand years later, nothing has really changed. God is still God. He is still the One in control.

As a believer, Jesus is your God. He is there for you. He is the one who will sustain you, provide for you, protect you, and keep you.

Many people today believe in the God of their parents. Others believe that God is out there somewhere and they cannot know Him. They do not have the personal relationship needed with Jesus. Many do not believe that they can have a personal relationship with God. God is not their own God.

You need to move past worshipping God because your parents, or friends, or relatives do, but because He is now your God. Make it personal. God wants to be your God. Have the personal relationship with God that He wants and you need.

Allow God to say to you, “I am the LORD your God.” Say to God that He is your God. Tell others that God is your God.

Is God your God today?

Or do you have others gods in your life?

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will make God your only God; that you will allow God to be in control of your life; and that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus on a daily basis.

Leviticus 14:34-35 God Cares About Your Whole Life

“When you enter the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your possession, and I put a spreading mold in a house in that land, the owner of the house must go and tell the priest, ‘I have seen something that looks like a defiling mold in my house.'” Leviticus 14:34-35

After God goes over many regulations about defilements of the body, He now looks at physical things. The first thing He looks at is the house. This is also after they enter into Canaan. If a person has a house and sees something that looks like mold, he is to go to the priest to have it examined. After a lot of investigation and testing, if it is destructive mold, the house is to be destroyed.

There are many Christians who believe God is only concerned about the physical and spiritual being of a person. It is often believed that God has no real concerns about the physical things that he may have.

With this regulation that God gives concerning a house, this belief is shown as false. God does care about everything in your life.

There have been parents who have discouraged children about praying for pets. A little child in faith prays that God will heal a sick or injured pet. Some parents think that is ridiculous  or just very simple child characteristic. God, however, looks at it with great joy. It is complete trust in Him for everything.

Anything that is a concern to you, is a concern to God. The difference is how much of a concern. Some things that adults are concerned about is more of worry than concern. You are not to worry about anything, but bring it all to God in prayer.

If God is so concerned about mold in a house that He wrote laws concerning it, don’t you think that God is concerned about care for your clothes, car, house, and the list goes on forever?

Seek God about everything in your life. Allow Him to guide you in what needs to be done or not done. Do  your best to maintain what God has blessed you with.

God only wants what is best for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s care for you; that you will know His great love for you; that you will trust God in every thing you have; and that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in everything you have and do.

Leviticus 11:24 Touching Unclean Things

“You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening.” Leviticus 11:24

God lays out of list of various types of animals that were classified as unclean. The people were not to eat these unclean animals. Along with not eating them, they were also not allowed to touch the carcasses of those animals if they died. Either way would cause the person to become unclean.

When Jesus came, He did away with a lot of these laws on which animals could be touched or not touched, eaten or not eaten. Although these laws are no longer in effect, there are other things believers should stay away from. Now the limitation is not to just certain types of animals and insects, but to many other things in life in this world.

Every believer is to not only flee all sin, they must also flee all appearances of sin and evil.

Sin and evil can be found in movies, music, art, books, games, and nearly every other area of life. The standard that Jesus set is very high and very strict, just like the standard set by God through Moses in the Law.

Think about the movies or tv shows you have seen. Or the books you have read. Or one of many other things you have experienced. Ask yourself, do you think that Jesus would have read or watched or did whatever was done?

If you cannot honestly answer yes to that question, then it is probable that you should not be doing it either. You are called to be holy as Jesus was holy. You were called to be just like Jesus is.

When you allow yourself to dabble in a little sin, it will grow on you and tear you down. It will only be a matter of time before you fall away from follow God to live in sin.

Every time you touch or see something of sin, it makes you unclean. This is just like touching the carcasses of the dead animals. Do not allow yourself to be desecrated by touching sin in any way.

I pray today that God will reveal to you things that are sinful; that you will see the blackness of all sin; that you will not allow yourself to be contaminated by sin; and that you will live a life that brings honor to God.

Leviticus 10:2-3 Honoring God

“So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Moses then said to Aaron, This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored. Aaron remained silent.” Leviticus 10:2-3

Nadab and Abihu decided to offer incense and fire before God without authorization or the proper way of doing it. After they did this God struck them with fire and killed them. Moses pointed out to Aaron that this is what God wants, that He wants to be honored at all times and proven holy.

During the times of the Old Testament there were many different sacrifices and offerings that needed to be done. Each one had to be done in a certain way and at a certain time. There was a set process of it being done. To do it any other way was to dishonor God and not follow His ways.

Today believers do not have to offer physical sacrifices and offerings of animals in the same way. Jesus has taken the position of all the animals being sacrificed.

However, believers today still have to make other types of sacrifices  and offerings to God. Sacrifices and offerings of time, money and things can be given to God. These need to be given to God, but in a way that honors God.

Many people give their sacrifices and offerings in a way that is not honoring God. They brag about how much they have given to others. They expect others to be happy with what they have given or done. They want to be seen with what they have done.

God does not like that at all. He is not honored when you do something out of selfish ambition. God will not necessarily strike you down with fire, but He may lift His hand of blessing off of your life.

When  you give an offering or do a sacrifice, do it in a way that truly honors God. Do not bring any dishonor to God. Honor Him with all of your life.

I pray today that God will reveal to you ways you can honor Him; that everything you do will bring honor to God; that you will do nothing out of selfish ambition; and that God will use you to draw others to Him.