chapter starts out with God laying His just claims on the Israelites,
"Make no idols to bow down to... and observe my Sabbaths and have
reverence for my Sanctuary. I am the LORD." Vs. 1, 2.
introduces the first If/Then clause regarding the benefits forthcoming from a
willing obedience to God's decrees and commandments. And what a beautiful
this painted; God is good, and kind, and fun to serve. Such great
came the first "But" in verse 14. This was followed by a
horrible litany of horrible curses that would be forthcoming from disregarding
God's legitimate claims on our lives. This continues up to verse 39. We
see in these verses the dark side of pure justice, unmixed with mercy.
Here Revelation 14: 10 comes to mind, "The same shall drink of the wine of
the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of
his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence
of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:"
to His nature as a gracious God, we get a redemptive "But" in verse
40 that offers us a way out of our sinful state: "But if they confess.../
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1: 9. What a consistent
picture of Grace the Bible paints of God both in the Old and New
Testaments! God never leaves us without a way out. 1 John 2: 1
says, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin
not. And (But) if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous."
God for Jesus Christ, "the Way," (John 14: 6) back to God after we
sin. The choice however lies with us.
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