February 11

Read Leviticus 26 -- 27

In Today 's Reading:

Blessings for obedience; judgment for disobedience; redeeming persons and property; tithes shall be holy to the Lord

The Lord warns His people: You must not make idols for yourselves . . to worship before it, since I am the LORD your God. You must keep My Sabbaths and revere My sanctuary: I am the LORD. . . . Keep My commandments. . . And you will be My people. . . . But if you do not obey Me and observe all these commandments. . . . I will set My face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies. . . . I will scatter you among the nations (Leviticus 26:1-33). The Israelites were reminded that the first and fourth of the Ten Commandments are the foundation of a right relationship with our Creator and for all true worship.

Numerous blessings were recorded as benefits of obedience to the word of God (26:3-13). Also recorded were clear warnings regarding sin and disobedience to His word which later were fulfilled (26:14-39).

Although the book of Leviticus was written to Israelites, its basic truths are just as relevant for us today. The God of holiness is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Despite their continued rejection of Jesus as the Messiah, the Jews will eventually recognize their spiritual blindness, repent, and worship their Messiah Jesus, the true source of eternal peace. Just as God foretold: I will . . . return them to this land. . . . because they will return to Me with all their heart (Jeremiah 24:6-7). The times of the gentiles that began with King Nebuchadnezzar will soon end and Jesus Christ, the King of kings, will rightfully rule the world from Jerusalem.

The marvelous compassion and love of God is seen in His desire to forgive and restore the sinner to Himself. However, no one can escape the tragic losses of a wasted lifetime. Sins can be forgiven; but we cannot relive or restore our lives. Recognizing the eternal consequences of sin, confession is of utmost importance. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).

Christ Revealed:

As the tabernacle to be sent to dwell among us (Leviticus 26:11). The Word became flesh, and took up residence (tabernacled) among us (John 1:14).

Prayer Needs:

Government Officials: Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI), Gov. Jeb Bush (FL), Rep. Ernest Istook (OK), Gov. Mike Leavitt (UT), and Rep. Michael Oxley (OH) · Country: Pakistan (138 million) in southern Asia · Major languages: Urdu and English · There is no freedom to convert Muslims to Christ. Pakistan is an Islamic republic · 97% Muslim; 2% Christian; 1% Hindu · Prayer Suggestion: Rejoice that the Lord has promised to sustain us at all times (Psalms 55:22).

Optional Reading: Mark 14

Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 5:9