"But as for you, you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by the instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi," says the LORD of hosts.
Insights: Instead of teaching them the law and leading them to walk with the Lord in peace and uprightness, they turned away from their responsibilities. Instead of teaching them the way of righteousness and turning many from their sins, they caused many to stumble. Instead of teaching obedience and repentance, they violated the covenant with Levi and God. In spite of the Lord’s patient love in which He gave warnings, reminders and instructions, these Israelites still chose rebellion. It is amazing to me that in such a short time from their release from exile these people have chosen the self-centered path of disobedience. Our issue is not a knowledge issue. Our issue is an obedience issue. The Lord never contradicts Scripture and so often we say, “The Bible says _____________________, but _____________________” As soon as we say the word “but” we have moved into contradiction with the Word of God and moved into the realm of rebellion. Earlier in the week I quoted Ron Brown who stated, “God doesn’t desire to curse and show contempt. If the people repented, if they listened to Him and took His Word to heart, then God would lift His judgment. Repentance is God’s desire for any who sin against Him.” God does not desire to bring judgment on His children. He desires His children to repent and turn their hearts back to Him. It is for this reason He is so patient in His love. We must not respond like these Israelites and remain in our rebellion against the Lord. We must repent and turn our hearts back to the Father of life.
- Are you in rebellion against the Lord?
- If you are, are you willing to repent and turn your heart back to the Father?
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your patient love. Work on my heart and mold me into the person You desire me to be. Amen.