Leviticus 26:6 Slipping Away

Leviticus 26:6 (KJV)
And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.

One of the greatest blessings a man can have in life is the sense of safety and well-being. To lie down to sleep and have no fear. To live in a situation where the enemy is at bay, not that there are no enemies but that they are of no consequence. This is a genuine blessing. And it is a blessing from the Lord. 

We see this sense of rest and peace slipping away in our current situation. Disobedience to the truths of God’s Word have left us with leadership bereft of sound judgment. Our borders have been opened, our coffers have been raided, our forces have been weakened. 

What our country needs today is a fresh infusion of, 
Leviticus 26:40 (KJV)
If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; 

God promises with confession to remember His covenants.[1]

God, please open the eyes of our people that they may confess to you and that You might remember Your covenants. 


[1] Leviticus 26:42 (KJV)
Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
Leviticus 26:45 (KJV)
But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.

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Leviticus 26:6 Slipping Away

Leviticus 25:23 Travelers Together

Leviticus 25:23 (KJV)
The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.

The principle of stewardship is here presented. They could not sell the land because it was not theirs to sell. It belonged to God. They were merely tenants. No matter how long they were to live there, it was God’s and not theirs to sell off as they pleased. 

What intrigues me is that God claimed to be a stranger and a sojourner with them. Rather they with Him. It reminds me that this earthly possession is not the final place. There is coming 

  • a new heaven, 
  • a new earth and 
  • a new Jerusalem. 

We are but traveling with God to that new land. 

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Leviticus 25:23 Travelers Together

Leviticus 22:33 To Be Your God

Leviticus 22:33 (KJV)
That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD.

Adam Clarke, “God, infinite in his own perfections, has no need of his creatures; but they need him; and, as a source of endless felicity, he opens himself to all his intelligent offspring.”

That God had brought them out of Egypt was fresh on their minds, though they often forgot that and blamed it on Moses. The plaques He had brought upon Egypt, and thereby forced that nation to release them, were powerful and undeniable. How could they forget? They would never forget!

God tells them then two important truths;

Why He brought them out
To be their God. They needed Him. He did not need them. While in Egypt they had other forces driving them and even protecting them. Away from Egypt, they were free to follow God’s call upon their lives. Be careful of anything, however good, that prevents you from obeying the Lord according to as He guides your conscience. Be careful also of anything, however good, that supposes to care for, protect, and provide for you in the place of God. 

Who He is
I am the LORD. Gill writes, “…that hath sovereign right unto them, and claim upon them, and therefore they ought to be subject to his will, and observe his laws ordinances.” He is the Lord. Be subject to Him. 

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Leviticus 22:33 To Be Your God

Leviticus 19:2-3 “I am the Lord your God.”

Leviticus 19:2-3 (KJV)
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.

A careful look at the instructions in this chapter reveals a close, if not parallel to the Ten Commandments. One could say that this chapter expands and explains those Commandments. They were not merely a piece of the puzzle that is the Mosaic Law; they were the foundation upon which all the law rested. So important were they that, when upon the disobedience of Israel at the foot of Mt Sinai the original copy was broken, God brought Moses to the top of the mountain once again to provide another copy. 

The foundation of all the law was the Ten Commandments. And the foundation for them is this unchangeable truth, “I am the Lord your God.”

I believe this still holds true. The Christian behaves the way He does, not to make himself holy before God but because the God he loves is holy. 

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Leviticus 19:2-3 “I am the Lord your God.”

Leviticus 16:8 The Scapegoat

Leviticus 16:8 (KJV)
And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat.[1]

Most teaching on this passage focuses on the effect of this offering. The blood of the sacrificed animal represents the atonement of sins. The animal upon which the sins of the people is confessed and then it is released in the wilderness represents the removal of our sins through a living sacrifice, Jesus Christ. 

I was thinking of the casting of the lots on these two animals. They were brought to the tabernacle on totally equal terms. The lot was cast. One animal was for the LORD, the other was the scapegoat. I imagine people thinking that the scapegoat was the “lucky” animal. It got to continue its life in freedom. The other animal died and was consumed before the LORD. Such thinking would be incorrect spiritually. The scapegoat would, for the rest of its life, bear the blood of the dead one. It would bear the burden, if you will, of sin. Like Cain, it was released to wander, free but free from all that had ever cared for it. 

The animal consumed for the LORD was the truly free one. If we think of it in the sense of being a living sacrifice, the person who gives himself or herself completely to the LORD is truly free, so much more so than the one who flees to live for themselves in the wilderness of the earth. 

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[1] (I wonder how many people know that the term scapegoat is a biblical reference?)

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Leviticus 16:8 The Scapegoat

Leviticus 13:59 More Reasonable Judgments

Leviticus 13:59 (KJV)
This is the law of the plague of leprosy in a garment of woollen or linen, either in the warp, or woof, or any thing of skins, to pronounce it clean, or to pronounce it unclean.

In the time of this writing leprosy was a general term used, I think, for any number of contagious germs. In this chapter we see it in the skin, the scalp, the plaster of a house, or the fabric of clothing and blankets. 

It was priests who were appointed to examine and determine whether a suspicious spot was a leprosy or not. That leads me to think that priests served, in some respects as medical experts. Mind you, it may not have been every priest who served in these responsibilities. There were eventually hundreds of priests, each with differing duties. I see them here serving as general physicians, making the original diagnosis and turning it then over to more specialized priests to make the final determination. I see some of them working as experts in disease control, inspecting molds in houses, furniture, cookware and fabrics. 

An implication, at least in my mind, is that no one can be expert in disease control or cure without faith in God and dependence upon His Word for guidance. 

Perhaps if our current “experts” placed faith in God they could make more reasonable judgments concerning the current COVID. 

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Leviticus 13:59 More Reasonable Judgments

Leviticus 12:6-8 That Something Is Someone

Leviticus 12:6-8 (KJV)
And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:
Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female.
And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

I see in this passage, and others similar to it, one of the blessed contradictions of the Word of God. 

On the one hand, there is grace
If the woman was not able, for whatever reason, financial, or practical, to bring the appropriate sacrifice, a lamb, she could offer two young pigeons instead. 

Such is the grace of God. There is no spiritual requirement that is out of reach of anyone. The rich the poor, the young the old, the male the female. There is nothing hindering anyone from coming to the LORD. 

On the other hand, any thinking person had to know a couple of birds couldn’t replace a whole lamb
Here is the plain truth of all of the animal sacrifices; they were all utterly insufficient. None of them from the least costly to the costliest could take away sin. Everyone must have known that. There was frustration and futility built into the sacrificial system. It never was mean to satisfy the soul. It was intended to leave the yearning heart longing for something – better. 

That something is Someone 
The sacrifice of Christ is sufficient, satisfying, and solely capable of taking away the sins of all mankind. At the same time, it is more costly than anyone could pay and yet freely given to all who will receive it. 

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Leviticus 12:6-8 That Something Is Someone

Leviticus 10:16 Moses Was Angry

Leviticus 10:16 (KJV)
And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying,

I completely understand why Moses was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar. Their brothers had just died by their presumption and disobedience to God. Moses did not want these two to die as well. 

  • They should have known the importance of absolute obedience 
  • They should have understood the need to carefully do as Moses had commanded 

If they had died as a result of their own disobedience, Moses could have laid the blame on himself. 

I am not sure I think Aaron’s excuse was of the Lord. But when all was said and done, Moses was content. 

I visited with the Lord around this passage back in 2010[1] and then wrote. “Aaron may still have been in error. I think he was. But Moses had done what was his to do. From there he could be content. I may not always get the response I would like from my ministry but being faithful in my ministry, I may be content.”

I stand by that today. 


[1] https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com/2010/06/in-this-be-content.html

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Leviticus 10:16 Moses Was Angry

Leviticus 4:17 Before the LORD

Leviticus 4:17 (KJV)
And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD, even before the vail.

I have always understood that the animal sacrifices were offered at the entrance to the court of the tabernacle and taken from there by priests to the various places inside the tabernacle area. Leviticus chapter four indicates at least three places the sacrifice might be offered: 
The door of the tabernacle 
Vs 4
In the place of the burnt offering
Vs 29
Before the Lord
Vs 15

Our passage defines that place before the Lord as “even before the vail.” I do not know if this means that there were animals actually killed inside the first room of the tabernacle, but it does seem to be so. The point that matters to me is that the Bible defines for us what it means to be before the Lord. The vail separated the two rooms of the tabernacle and later the temple. It was this vail that was rent in twain at Jesus’s resurrection, signifying that He had made a way for us to approach God. 

To be before the Lord would indicate a specific place and a specific event. We are before the Lord in His house, the church of the living GOD, having received His gift of salvation through the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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Leviticus 4:17 Before the LORD

Leviticus 27:30 The Lord’s Absolutely

Leviticus 27:30 (KJV)
And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.

When I visit with God each day I use a Bible printed by Local Church Publishers as a tribute to the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. This Bible is essentially a Scofield Reference Bible without the notes. It does include the divisions, titles and introductory notes of the Scofield Bible and the title given for Leviticus 27:26-33 is, “The three things which are the Lord’s absolutely.” Those three things are:

  • The firstlings of the beasts
  • Anything dedicated to the Lord and
  • All the tithe

These things cannot be redeemed. They cannot be purchased for personal use and, in those rare cases where they might be purchased, the price is higher than the value of the thing. 

I am reminded that we must not make light of the things of God. Our culture these days still contains within it that which is Christian in name. We have churches, charities and organizations of all sorts that claim connection to the Christian faith. Unfortunately, many of these are wantonly unchristian in practice. 

Has God removed His blessing because we have taken His possessions cheaply?

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Leviticus 27:30 The Lord’s Absolutely

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