If You Walk with God

Sue Van Otteren

Read Leviticus 26–27 This passage reflects a principle stated throughout Scripture, that God will respond to us depending on how we have responded to him. The word if is prominent. If we obey God, he will bless us. If we do not listen to him, he will chastise us. There is a danger that we take such passages and allow them to lead us to a work-righteousness religion. The New Testament reminds us that our best efforts fall so far …

If You Walk with God

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Leviticus 26–27 This passage reflects a principle stated throughout Scripture, that God will respond to us depending on how we have responded to him. The word if is prominent. If we obey God, he will bless us. If we do not listen to him, he will chastise us. There is a danger that we take such passages and allow them to lead us to a work-righteousness religion. The New Testament reminds us that our best efforts fall so …

All Belongs to God

Sue Van Otteren

Read Leviticus 24–25 This section mingles directions for worship with directions on how to treat people. The common thread is this: all belongs to God. God is holy, and his name must not be blasphemed. In the Old Testament the punishment for misuse of the name of God was death. Exodus 20:7 is still true: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name …

All Belongs to God

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Leviticus 24–25 This section mingles directions for worship with directions on how to treat people. The common thread is this: all belongs to God. God is holy, and his name must not be blasphemed. In the Old Testament the punishment for misuse of the name of God was death. Exodus 20:7 is still true: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his …

Holy Days or Holidays

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Leviticus 22–23 Human nature is such that we need special days to break up the routine of life. God recognized this need by giving the children of Israel several annual feast days as well as the weekly Sabbath. These days also were times to recall the mighty works of God which he had done on their behalf. While the emphasis of the New Testament is that all of life is to be dedicated to God, and that we …

Why Do What Is Right?

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Leviticus 19–21 Again and again in this passage God states what his people should and should not do. Then the statement is made over and over again, “I am the LORD your God.” In other words, act in this fashion for this reason: because I am your God. Here also is our motivation for righteous living. God has entered into a covenant of grace with us. He is a God of righteousness and therefore he expects a high …