Leviticus 26-27, Psalm 39
“It is grace at the beginning, and grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our death beds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us in the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the Grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace wondrous grace. By the grace of God I am what I am. Yet not I, but the Grace of God which was with me.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones
If we were to poll the general public and asked them to describe themselves as: good, pretty good, mediocre, pretty bad or bad, most would answer, “pretty good”. Choosing to judge themselves by the standards of the world and comparing themselves with others, most feel pretty good about themselves. This is why the vast majority of people believe they are heaven bound after death, listing their accomplishments and good works. This is also why so many become embittered with God when things don’t go their way believing they have earned and deserve His blessings. This works based mentality is so far from the grace preached in the gospel. A verse that we should all memorize is Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
There are a number of covenants mentioned in Scripture. Most are unconditional, not at all dependent on the faithfulness of the other person or people (for instance in the Abrahamic covenant, Abraham was sleeping while the covenant was given in Genesis 15). But the Mosaic covenant is conditional. Throughout Leviticus 26 we read either if you do or if you don’t do then I (God) will. In Leviticus 26:3-4, we read, “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.” As we continue, in our reading we will see that the Israelites were consistently disobedient and suffered all of these consequences, even the cannibalism mentioned in verse 29 (2 Kings 6:28-29, “…This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ So we boiled my son, and ate him. And I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him’; but she has hidden her son.” ).
As we have now considered the law for the past few weeks, we should look at it in humility. James 2:10″For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all”. If we read Galatians 3:19-25, we see the law was good. But, it was given to show us that we could not keep it and how desperately we are all in need of a savior. As we go through these laws, knowing that they are good, rather than pointing our finger at the disobedient Israelites, we should see the 3 fingers directed back at us realizing we would have fared no better. How thankful we should all be that our salvation rests not on what we do, but on what He did.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: