Throughout Leviticus, the letter of God’s law is laid out. In the midst of their time of wandering in the desert, where Moses and the masses of Jewish people had been set free from slavery in Egypt, God gave the people specific instructions as to how He wanted them to live, so that they could be set apart, dedicated unto Him. Initially, it may seem to be a list of “thou shall nots“, and the “thou musts“, but upon closer investigation, the heart of the matter is that God desires our obedience. He wants our hearts turned toward His, and knows that we must remove the obstacles that keep us from focusing our hearts on Him. As we choose to listen and obey, walking out our days in obedience, He blesses us with His provision, protection, and His permanent presence in our very being.
“If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.” – (Leviticus 26:3-4) He goes on to speak of safety, favor and freedom that will be provided for those who choose to follow Him. (see verses 6-13) His heart is for us, and He knows our need for guidance to find and follow Him.
Christ’s sacrifice ended the old law, as He was the ultimate sacrifice, once and for all, through whom all sins are forgiven. However, we should not ever take that sacrifice for granted. The beauty of Levitical law was the intense awareness of the cost of sin. Imagine having to take an unblemished animal before the priest, only to watch it die, knowing that it should have been you. Perhaps we can gain a bit of perspective if we remember to look to the cross, and recognize that each time we sin, we have gone against what God has intended for us, and we drive a nail into the sinless hands, hanging on our behalf. On the brighter side, Christ conquered death. He rose again, ascended into heaven, and sent His Holy Spirit, so that we would have a constant companion to help lead us and guide us for all of our days. We need only invite Him in, and His presence will remain with us forever. May we listen well, as He asks us to love God, and love people, just as He has loved us.
what we may give,
as we recognize.
He wants our hearts,
let us give Him all;
as we hear His call.
Let our hearts hold,
His astounding grace;
may we serve well,
’til we see His face.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we no longer have to live by the letter of the Levitical law, yet thank You for showing us the purpose was to provide Your people with the path to stay pure before You. Thank You for sending Jesus, and for the gift of grace that we may now embrace because of His great sacrifice. Forgive us for not recognizing the severity of Your sacrifice on our behalf, and help us to be aware of just how great the cost, as we face the choice as to whether or not to choose Your will. Teach us to be ever aware of Your still small voice, and always willing to walk in obedience to whatever You ask. Lead us to love as we are loved, and may many come into a saving relationship with You, our Redeemer. Be exalted, O God. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
– Psalm 23:6