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Leviticus 26 – The Old

As we are closing up on the end of the book of Leviticus, God / YHWH paints a picture of what the rest of the Old Testament / Covenant will look like.  It is a peek into the future of Israelite people, and a picture of both the good and the bad.  I just wish that it wasn’t SO bad.  Ultimately though, we begin to see the picture of the peoples relationship to God.  We get a feel for just how much the people will turn away, and how that turning away will affect their relationship with YHWH and their own futures.

YHWH starts off with a command.  “‘You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or…  You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the LORD (YHWH).”  It’s simple really.  Don’t worship idols / false gods, and keep His Sabbaths and reverence His sanctuary.  How difficult can that be.  Apparently that can be very difficult because it does not take long (a single generation after Joshua) for all of it to begin to fall apart.

Are we any different?  Have we changed any from this in the thousands of years since it was written, or are we still going from generation to generation following the ways and directions of our culture over what God’s word says?  This is the picture of the Old Testament, the entire 49 books.  Yet, this is also the picture of today.  Instead of pursuing God / YHWH, we are pursuing education and technology and financial stability and comfortable homes.  Instead of keeping His Sabbaths and revering His sanctuary, we are keeping ourselves as busy as we possibly can with all of our “responsibilities”.  We are too busy trying to stay busy, that we push away the very purpose of our lives.  In the end, what does that bring us?  …exhaustion, sickness, loss, anger, frustration, being overwhelmed, seeing the work that we have built coming to nothing?

Our pursuit needs to be not a pursuit of what’s the best, brightest, and shiniest.  It needs to be a pursuit of YHWH first and foremost.  We need to not make the same old mistakes that the Old Testament Israelites made.  We must pursue YHWH.

 

John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Genesis 26 – Pursuit

It seems like God’s blessing of His people more often than not leads to contention rather than pursuit.  Isaac goes and lives in the land of the Philistines due to a famine in the land of Canaan.  He and all his household.  While he is there God blesses him.  His crops grow a hundredfold.  God continues to bless him in many other ways as well.

You would think that with God blessing Isaac as he does, Abimelech the king of the Philistines would pursue Isaac and the God of Isaac.  You would think that they would want to be connected to the God and man of God who blesses in such ways.  Instead they fear him.  Instead, they send him away.

This leads to contention between Abimelech and Isaac’s herdsmen.  Trouble that could lead to war between the two, what Abimelech feared.  But, Isaac was not interested in stirring up trouble.  He was a peacekeeper who turned away from the conflict.  As a result Abimelech did pursue Isaac, but not for the right reasons.  He pursued a peace covenant with Isaac, not to know more the God that blessed his people so.  As a result, he got his peace treaty / covenant, but it will come at the cost of the nation later on.

It’s also interesting to note that Isaac pursued as well.  He went in pursuit of more wives.  He got what he was pursuing, but at the cost of peace for himself and his household.

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