Do you see how people are trying to remove God world? Do you see them trying to remove Him from history? Do you see them trying to remove Him from the schools? Do you see them trying to remove Him from government? Do you see them trying to minimize who He is? Do you see the results and repercussions of this?
Today’s reading starts with Leviticus 26…
1“You are not to make idols for yourselves, nor raise up an engraved image or a standing-stone, or place any carved stone in your land to bow down to it. For I am Adonai your God. 2“You are to keep My Shabbatot and have reverence for My Sanctuary. I am Adonai.
Faithfulness Ensures Blessings3“If you walk in My statutes, keep My mitzvot and carry them out, 4then I will give you rains in their season, the land will yield its crops, and the trees of the field will yield their fruit. 5Your threshing will last until grape gathering, the grape gathering will last until the sowing time, you will eat your bread to the full, and live securely in your land. 6“I will bring shalom in the land, and you will lie down, with no one making you afraid. I will remove dangerous beasts from the land and no sword will pass through your land. 7You will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword. 8Five of you will chase 100 and 100 of you will chase 10,000, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. 9“I will turn toward you, make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. 10You will eat the old harvest and clear out the old because of the new. 11I will set My Tabernacle among you, and My soul will not abhor you. 12I will walk among you and will be your God, and you will be My people. 13I am Adonai your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, so that you would not be their slaves, and I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk upright.
Faithlessness Ensures Misery14“But if you will not listen to Me, nor carry out all these mitzvot, 15and if you reject My statutes and if your soul abhors My ordinances, so that you do not keep all My mitzvot, but instead break My covenant, 16then I will do the following to you in return. I will appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever that will dim the eyes and cause the soul to pine away. You will sow your seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. 17I will set My face against you and you will be routed before your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when no one pursues you. 18“If you, in spite of these things, will not listen to Me, then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins. 19I will break your pride of power. I will make your sky like iron and your earth like bronze. 20Also your strength will be spent in vain, for your land will not yield its increase, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit. 21“If you keep walking contrary to Me and will not listen to Me, then I will multiply the plagues on you seven times like your sins. 22I will send the wild animals among you, which will rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you so few in number that your roads will become deserted. 23“Now if in spite of these things you will not be chastened by Me, but walk contrary to Me instead, 24then I will also walk contrary to you. Then I will strike you, I Myself, seven times for your sins. 25I will bring a sword upon you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant, and you will be gathered together inside your cities. I will send the pestilence among you and you will be given into the hand of the enemy. 26When I break your staff of bread, ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they will bring back your bread by weight, so that you will eat but not be satisfied. 27“Yet if in spite of this you will not listen to Me but walk contrary to Me, 28then I will walk contrary to you in wrath. So I will chastise you seven times for your sins. 29You will eat the flesh of your sons and you will eat the flesh of your daughters. 30I will destroy your high places and cut down your altars of incense, cast your dead bodies upon the bodies of your idols, and My soul will abhor you. 31I will lay waste your cities and devastate your sanctuaries. I will not smell your soothing aromas. 32I will make the land desolate and your enemies settling there will be astonished at it. 33I will scatter you among the nations and I will draw out the sword after you. So your land will become a desolation and your cities will become a waste. 34Then the land will enjoy its Shabbatot all the days of its desolation, while you are in the land of your enemies. Then the land will rest and enjoy its Shabbatot. 35As long as it lies desolate it will have rest, that rest which it did not have from your Shabbatot, when you lived on it. 36“As for those who remain, I will bring weakness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies, so that the sound of a driven leaf will put them to flight, and they will flee as one flees from the sword and fall, even when no one is pursuing. 37They will stumble over one another, as if before the sword, when no one pursues, and you will have no strength to stand before your enemies. 38You will perish among the nations and the land of your enemies will devour you. 39Those of you who are left in the land of your enemies will rot away because of their iniquity, and because of the iniquities of their fathers they will rot away with them.
Adonai Remembers His Own40“But if they confess their iniquity and that of their fathers, in the treachery they committed against Me, and how they walked contrary to Me 41—in return I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies—and if at that time their uncircumcised heart becomes humbled, so that they accept the punishment for their iniquity, 42then I will remember My covenant with Jacob and also My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land. 43But the land will be deserted by them and will enjoy its Shabbatot while it lies desolate without them, and they will accept the punishment of their iniquity, because they rejected My ordinances and their soul abhorred My statutes. 44“Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I hate them into utter destruction, and break My covenant with them, for I am Adonai their God. 45But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God. I am Adonai.” 46These are the statutes, ordinances and laws, which Adonai made between Himself and Bnei-Yisrael at Mount Sinai by Moses.–from Leviticus 26
So how will you live? So how will you act? So how will you shine? So how will you speak? So how will you behave? So how will you walk? So how will you talk? So where will you point others? Will you be directing them towards God or away from God? Will you be an active participant? Which group will you choose to be a part of? What does it say about your character? What does it say about you?
Today’s reading continues into Psalms 12…
Silence the Flattering Lips1For the music director, on the eight-string lyre, a psalm of David. 2Help, Adonai! For no one godly exists. For the faithful have vanished from the children of men. 3Everyone tells a lie to his neighbor, talking with flattering lips and a divided heart. 4May Adonai cut off all flattering lips— a tongue bragging big things. 5They say: “With our tongue we’ll prevail. We own our lips—who can master us?” 6“Because of the oppression of the poor, because of the groaning of the needy, now will I arise,” says Adonai. “I will put him in the safe place— he pants for it.” 7The words of Adonai are pure words— like silver refined in an earthly crucible, purified seven times. 8You will keep us safe, Adonai. You will protect us from this generation forever. 9The wicked strut all around, while vileness is exalted by mankind.–from Psalms 12
Don’t get tripped up in the mess! Don’t get tripped up in the lies! Don’t get tripped up in the deception! Don’t be a stumbling block to others! Choose wisely! Choose to be a part of God’s family! Choose to be a voice of hope! Choose to be an ambassador of peace! Choose wisely! And then live it out with God! Live it out under the cover of the blood of Jesus! And be transformed and live a life that transforms and leads!
Today’s reading closes with John 16…
1“I have spoken these things to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. 2They will throw you out of the synagogues. Yes, an hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3They will do these things because they have never known the Father or Me. 4But I have spoken these things to you so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. I did not tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you.”
The Ruach Reveals Truth5“But now I am going to the One who sent Me, and not one of you is asking Me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6Because I have spoken these things to you, grief has filled your heart. 7But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away! For if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8“When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: 9concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me; 11and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. 12“I still have much more to tell you, but you cannot handle it just now. 13But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; but whatever He hears, He will tell you. And He will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify Me, because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. 15Everything that the Father has is Mine. For this reason I said the Ruach will take from what is Mine and declare it to you.”
Death and Resurrection Foretold16“A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again in a little while, you will see Me.” 17Then some of His disciples said to one another, “What does He mean by telling us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again in a little while, you will see Me’? And, ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18They kept on saying, “What’s this He’s saying, ‘A little while’? We don’t know what He’s talking about!” 19Yeshua knew that they wanted to question Him, so He said to them, “Are you asking each other about this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again in a little while, you will see Me’? 20Amen, amen I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will celebrate. You will be filled with sorrow, but your sorrow will turn to joy! 21“When a woman is in labor, she has pain because her hour has come. But when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, because of the joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22So also you have sorrow now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you! 23“In that day, you will ask Me nothing. Amen, amen I tell you, whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 24Up to now, you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be full. 25“These things I have spoken to you in metaphors. An hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in metaphors, but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26In that day, you will ask in My name—and I’m not telling you that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from God. 28I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” 29His disciples say, “See, now You’re speaking plainly and not in metaphors. 30Now we know that You know everything and have no need to be asked anything. By this we believe that You came forth from God.” 31Yeshua answered them, “Do you now believe? 32Look, the hour is coming—indeed has come—when you will be scattered, each to his own, and you will abandon Me. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have shalom. In the world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world!”–from John 16
Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to be our comforter, our teacher, and our guide! Let’s live our lives in spirit and in truth!