Leviticus Chapter 26 Blessings for Obedience, Punishment for Disobedience

Nov 10, 2014  |  Leviticus, Old Testament  |  No Comments

Blessings of God That Could Have Been:

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  • Do not make idols or set up images to bow down to.
  • Observe the Sabbath and revere God’s sanctuary.
  • God promises these rewards for following His decrees and being careful to carry out His commands:
    • Successful planting and harvest
    • Peace in the land – you will sleep and not be afraid
    • Great success over enemies
    • God will look on you with favor, make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and keep His covenant
    • You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out of the way to make room for the new
    • God will put His dwelling place with you and not abhor you
    • God will walk in and with and among you and will be your God


Punishment for Disobedience

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  • God promises these punishments for not listening to Him and carrying out His commands, rejecting His decrees, abhorring his laws and so violating His covenant:
    • I will bring on sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength
    • You will plant seed in vain because your enemies will eat it.
    • I will set my face against you so your enemies will defeat you and rule over you.  You will flee even when no one is pursuing you.
    • If you continue rejecting God he will increase your afflictions seven times over as your sins deserve.  Your crops will fail due to lack or rain and hard ground.
    • If you still continue rejecting God, he will allow wild animals to decimate your families, destroy your cattle and reduce your population so much that your roads will be deserted
    • If you continue to refuse God’s correction, he will decimate you with the sword and when you flee to the cities, he will bring the plague on you.  Bread will be rationed and you will not have enough to eat
    • If you continue to be hostile to God, He will be hostile to you and will punish you for your sins seven times over.  You will eat the flesh of your sons and daughters.  God will destroy your high places (idol worship) and pile bodies high on the idolatrous altars.  He will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries.  He will lay waste the land so those who inhabit it will be appalled.  He will scatter you among the nations and draw out His sword and pursue you.
    • Then the land will have its sabbath rests, all the time it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies
    • Those who are left will be fearful and will not be able to stand before your enemies
    • You will perish among the nations and waste away in the lands of your enemies.

Hope in Repentance

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As severe as God’s punishment is when Israel continually spurns Him, He is faithful to neither completely destroy them nor to ignore them if and when they repent.  In fact, He gives them hope if they do repent and return to Him.  Even with repeated and extensive disobedience, God will not forget His covenant with Israel.

Lessons for the Church

  • Obey God
  • The consequences of rejecting God are fierce
  • A great deal of this passage was prophetic and Israel, after repeatedly completely ignoring God’s commands, was destroyed by her enemies and sent into captivity
  • Great parts of the church today ignore God’s truth – will we also suffer great consequences?


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