Here’s a little promo to kick off this post; get your hands on The Bible Experience. Essentially it’s an audio bible that I’ve been listening to for the past 2 weeks. What makes this audio bible different, to me, is because it doesn’t make me fall asleep listening to it, unlike other audio bibles do (trust me, you want to be awake while driving 1 hour to work and back everyday). This audio bible is read by a huge cast, unlike other audio bibles which is voiced by 1 guy with the same monotonous tone throughout. ‘Nuff said.
So far I’m up to the book of Leviticus. That’s amazing for me, because in reading, this book contains so much details and I have to be honest, I skim through it all the time. But listening to it is something else. I felt the burden of the law as it is being read out. Just hearing it made me think, “It’s impossible to keep it! It’s a huge task just to remember it.”.
My attention were drawn to Leviticus 26, which made me realize just how generous and long suffering our God is.
Lev 26: 3 – 12 (ASV)
If ye walk in My statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; then I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and ye sall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; and Iwill cause evil beasts to cease out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land… And I will set My tabernacle among you; and My soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be My people.
That’s God’s blessings for obedience. At first hearing, it sounded like any other over-the-top promises that God make, revealing His riches and His everlasting love for His people. But when God announces His discipline for disobedience, I see His mercy and grace.
v18 And if ye will not yet for these things hearken unto Me…
v21 And if ye walk contrary unto Me…
vs23 And if by these things ye will not be reformed…
v27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto Me…
In His blessings, He holds nothing back. His provision, His protection and His presence He promises unto His people if they walk with Him and obey His commandments.
In His discipline, He holds back lest we are consumed by His wrath. Chances after chances are offered in the hope that the people will realize their mistake and turn away from it, that they may be restored and walk in His favor again. If God ever decided to unleash all of His wrath in one go, in the words of my friend, “We’d be toast”.
“My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah, neither be weary of His reproof. For whom Jehovah loveth He reproveth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth…” Pro 3:11-12
Thank You Father, for relenting, for putting up with our many faults and shortcomings.