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.

Exodus 22:28 Do Not Curse The Leader

“Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.” Exodus 22:28

God continues to give Moses some practical rules on how to live life. In this verse it points out not to blaspheme God or curse the ruler.

Very few believers would have a problem with stating that one should never blaspheme God. This is talking bad about God in any way. Yet, many are guilty of it.

How many times have you heard, or been guilty of, saying that God must not love you because He did not do something for you? Or that God must not care about the sin going on because He is allowing it to happen?

People complain about what God does not do. They cut God down, treating Him like a man, rather than the God who is in absolute control that He is. This does not even touch into the using God’s name as a curse word.

Along with not blaspheming God, He also states to not curse the ruler of the people.

Cursing the ruler is a common thing, both in the church and outside the church. Everywhere you go there are people who hate the leader of the country. With the current time of elections for a new president, there is a lot of condemnation of the leader.

This not only applies to the leader of the country, but can be the boss at the workplace. He is also a ruler of people, just not as many. In the workplace break room, there are always people talking about how bad the head boss is with various situations. Everyone thinks that they could do better.

As a believer you are to build up, not tear down. Blasphemy and cursing do not build anyone up in any way. Think about the old movie “Bambi”. In it, Thumper, the young rabbit, once said, “my Mama always told me if you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything”. This is good advice for every believer.

What are you saying with your words?

Are they building others up? Or are they tearing someone down?

Remember that you are a person just like that other person you may be cursing. You most likely have done something similar or just as bad, sometimes, even worse.

Show the love of Jesus in your words to and about everyone.

I pray today that God will fill you with His love for others; that your words will show the love of Jesus; that you will not cut down others in any way; and that you will always build others up in the Lord Jesus.