Leviticus 26: If You . . . I Will

Hey everyone. God here. I hope you have been enjoying my laws. I know I have enjoyed giving them to you. And great work on my tent BTW. I’m lovin’ the woodwork.

Anyhoo, we are getting to the end of this book of Leviticus and I thought it was about time to tell you what might be the most important point of it all. See, all y’all together need to act in obedience to the commands I gave. I know there were some individual punishments in there, but I also have some standards for the group as a whole.

If You Obey

If you actually do what I say, we will have no problems. It doesn’t get much more complicated than that. Think about it this way, if you obey, everything will cooperate with you.

Nature will give you all that you need to eat and more. You’ll never worry about going hungry.

Your enemies will avoid you like the plague. That includes wild animals. Think about what a life free of enemies and wild animals looks like! I know, right?

And I will cooperate. I will keep my part of the covenant and I will hang out with you guys. Deal?

If You Don’t Obey

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to this.

If you don’t obey, I will give you five chances to repent. Each chance you have will be marked by certain, shall we say, things, that will be a clue that you need to get your act together. Here is what you need to be on the lookout for.

1st Chance: Disease, your foes eating your food, killing you, and ruling over you. Oh, and you will be afraid all the time.

2nd Chance: The sky will be like iron and the ground like copper. What? You don’t know what that means? Well, trust me, you don’t want to.

3rd Chance: Wild animals will eat your children (I’m not making this up!) and you will decrease in number.

4th Chance: Your enemies will attack you. You will have nowhere to hide. And you will be delivered into their hands.

5th Chance: Ok, by this point you are basically screwed. You will start eating your children, you will go into exile, your cities will be destroyed, and you will die in the land of your enemies.

Yeah, repentance is looking pretty good right now isn’t it?

If You Repent

Should things get to phase five, I want you to know that you can still repent. If you confess what you did, humble yourselves, and make amends, things will get better.

Most importantly, I will remember my covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

I am the LORD who brought you out of Egypt.

I can do it again.

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