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Bible Pathways - February 11, 2006

February 11, 2006

Read Leviticus 26

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: Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image . . . to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. Ye shall keep My Sabbaths, and reverence My sanctuary: I am the LORD. . . . keep My Commandments . . . and ye shall be My people. . . . But if ye will not hearken (listen) unto Me, and will not do all these Commandments. . . . I will set My face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies. . . . And I will scatter you among the heathen (Gentiles) (Leviticus 26:1-33). The Israelites were commanded: Thou shalt have no other gods before Me (Exodus 20:1-17). This is the foundation of a right relationship with our Creator and for all true worship of Him.

Numerous blessings were recorded as benefits of obedience to the Word of God (Leviticus 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, for the God of holiness is Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8).

Although the majority of Jews continue to reject Jesus as their Messiah, they will eventually recognize their spiritual blindness, repent, and worship their Messiah Jesus, the true source of eternal peace, just as God foretold. I will bring them again to this land. . . . for they shall return unto Me with their whole 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. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). Recognizing the eternal consequences of sin, confession is of utmost importance. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16).

Word Studies:

26:6 neither shall the sword go = there will be no war; 26:10 store = food supply; 26:13 go upright = walk erect as free men; 26:15 abhor = disregard, reject; 26:25 avenge the quarrel = execute punishment.

Christ Revealed:

As the Tabernacle sent to dwell among man (Leviticus 26:11). The Word was made (became) flesh, and dwelt (tabernacled) among us (John 1:14).

Prayer Needs:

Pray for The Spanish International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Mrs. Sue Moore · Staff: Gina Lesnefsky · Government Officials: Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI), Gov. Jeb Bush (FL), Rep. Ernest Istook (OK), Secretary Michael Leavitt (Department of Health and Human Services), Rep. Michael Oxley (OH), and Rep. Rob Simmons (CT) · Country: Iceland (272,000) at the northern end of the Atlantic · Major language: Icelandic · Religious freedom · 94% Protestant; 6% Roman Catholic · Prayer Suggestion: Let your prayers be praise to the Lord (Psalm 150:6).

Optional Reading: Mark 13

Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 12:2

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