Leviticus 26: God threatens the people of Israel


Synopsis:

God tells the people of Israel that if they abide by his rules, they will prosper and he will walk among them. But if they don’t, he will punish them. Put evil people over to rule them, kill their children and cattle, lay waste to their cities, force them to eat the flesh of their children. Those left alive after the devastation will still be punished and cease to exist as a people scattered amongst the heathens. And if any survive that, and any of those accept their iniquity, God shall remember his covenant and keep them safe despite their being in the hands of the enemy.

In other words:

God issues one heck of a threat to ensure the Israelites comply with his commands.

Favorite bit:

That the threat goes on for 30 verses (Leviticus 26: 14-44)  It is quite detailed involving 7 punishments, 7 plagues, 7 more punishments for sins, the eating of the flesh of children, the laying of waste to the land, the baking of bread that does not satisfy and so forth. It’s really pretty amazing the detail.

What’s obvious:

It’s pretty clear that IF there is such a God, that these people ran afoul of him and he forsake them. Where they are in this punishment is anyone’s guess. But there is no mention of how to be redeemed fully. Only that you won’t be killed.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Cults are kind of scary (Leviticus 26:14-44)