Heart Check Levi✝icus 26
In v41 the Lord talks about the uncircumcised heart of Israelites.
What is a Circumcised heart?
To understand this let us look at some verses both in the OT and the NT.
Gen.17: 9-11- God says that Circumcision is the cutting off the foreskin of every male, a sign of covenant between God and Abraham and his descendants.
Gen 17:13- Circumcision is God's covenant in flesh
Det.10:16 - " Circumcize your hearts and therefore do not be stiff- necked", Moses told the Israelites.
Rom. 2: 28 -29 - Circumcision of the heart is not an outward and physical circumcision. It is an inward circumcision of the heart by the Spirit.
Col.2: 11 says circumcision of the heart is cutting off the sinful nature.
Thus from the above verses we infer that the circumcision of heart is a spiritual covenant between God and the spiritual Israelites requiring the cutting off the sinful nature.
Circumcision of the flesh is the sign of a male Israelite
Circumcision of the heart is the sign of all spiritual Israelites.
Rom.2:29 - Seeking praise from God instead of people is a sign of a person having a heart circumcised by the Spirit.
Where do we expect praise from?
From God or from people?
Rewards for obedience (Lev 26:3-13)
I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful Lev. 26:9
1.I will give you plenty of rain(v4)
2.The land shall be fruitful
3.Trees shall bear abundant fruit.
4.Grain crops shall be great(v5)
5.vineyards shall yeild abuntantly.
6.Your bread will be plentiful.
7.You will dwell safely.
8.I will give you peace(V6)
9.You will be free from fear
10.I will rid you of evil beasts.
11.Your land will not be destroyed.
12.You will chase your enemies (v7)
13.They shall fall by your sword(V8)
14.Only 5 of you will chase 100 and 100 will chase 10000(V8)
15.I will respect you.
16.I will make you fruitful
17.I will multiply you.
I 8.I will establish My covenant with you.
19.You will have plenty left from the old crops to eat(v10)
20.I will set my tabernacle among you(v11)
21.My soul will not abhor you.
22.I will walk among you
23 I will be your God
24.you will be My people
Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People
LEVI ✝ ICUS 26-27
Obedience is the Cut Mark
✅ The book of Levi ✝ icus begins with the Lord speaking to Moses and ends with the same phrase ( 1:1 ; 27:1)
✅ The book of Levi ✝ icus ends as it began with voluntary gifts to God
✒ Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws( 25:18)
✅ Obedience is required because all God's laws are important. Three laws in particular under which the Israelites fails to obey :
I ) Idol worship ( 26:1; 17:5-9 ; 19:4, 20:1-3)
II) Keeping the Sabbath holy( 26:2; 19:3,30; 23:1-3)
III) Reverence for God's Sanctuary
✒ If you... obey my commands , I will send you rain... I will grant peace.. I will look on you with favour and make you fruitful.. (26:3-4,6,9)
✅ Obedience is the key to blessings. Three kinds of blessings
I) Abundant provisions of food (26:3-5)
II) Peace and Security from their enemies (26:6-8)
III) His continuous favour and presence (26:9-13)
✅ Vows were voluntary and were not discouraged but they were discouraged of making hasty or emotional vows in God's name. Three items are dedicated to God while making a vow :
I) People (27:1-2; 1Sam 1:10-11)
II) Possession (animals) 27:9-13
III) Properties(land/house) . 27:14-25
✅ Devoting something was far more serious than dedicating it to sacred use . Three things could not be dedicated to God, because it already belongs to God.
I) First born of animal (27:26)
II) People or Things (27:28-29)
The principle behind these laws is that the Lord is to be honored and given the respect He deserves.
His people must obey his commands ..
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To obey is better than sacrifice.
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP