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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

If - Then - Else (Lev 26)

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

Those of you who read my daily devotions may notice they are on a brand new website today.

The previous Google based website started censoring my devotions as SPAM if they contained inappropriate words like “w0rship” unless I spelled those offensive words with numbers and special characters. That’s also why I only share the link to the devotion now rather than the actual devotion itself.

I started finding it difficult to anticipate all the words that needed t0 have spec!al spe11ing.

So being a retired I.T. person, I dusted off my techy hat just a bit to slam together a new website which I’m hoping will not be as easily offended by God’s Word.

Those of you who want to subscribe to these devotions will need to subscribe again on this new site by clicking the Subscribe to Devotions button at the bottom of this page.

Ironically, this all fits with today’s devotion. To my I.T. friends, I could sum up Leviticus 26 as a holy IF THEN ELSE statement.

That’s a common sentence structure in programming logic which means IF “you do this” THEN “this will happen” ELSE (if you don’t do this), here’s what’s going to happen.

That’s Leviticus 26 in a nutshell.

God is speaking to Israel saying IF you worship and obey Me and refrain from worshiping idols, THEN I will bless you.

But then comes the ELSE clause, “however if you do not obey and worship Me” here’s all the bad stuff that will happen to you. And all that bad stuff God listed in the ELSE clause did happen to Israel.

But here’s the part I find interesting. As Christians, we worship the God of Israel. But when we see the consequences given to Israel for not obeying God and worshiping idols, do we dismiss those consequences as only applying to Israel?

If Jesus who is God, came into this world in human flesh in a Jewish skin suit, aren’t we as followers of Him expected to obey and worship Him alone?

I’m so thankful that just as God loves the Jews and made a way for them to repent and turn back to Him when they disobeyed and worshiped idols, He loves me, a flawed imperfect Gentile, and made a way for me to repent and turn back to Him.

The one true God came to this earth in a Jewish skin suit and took the name Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) which means to rescue or to deliver. He came to deliver us from our sins because whether we are Jew or Gentile, we can never do enough right to repay even one of our wrongs.

So Jesus, the only one qualified to pay the price for our sins, died in our place on that cross to release us from the eternal ELSE clause and rescue us from our sins so that we can forever worship and obey Him.

Dear Lord, I pray my efforts to share your Word through devotions, prophecy newsletters, and Bible studies always honor and glorify You through whatever platform You provide for me.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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