“I bet I’ll knock you in to next week!” This of course a highly improbable scenario short of being put in to a coma and waking up a week later, but that’s an entirely different (and quite serious) issue. No doubt, today we raise our children differently. However, hearing these words as a child I knew that this extreme threat meant that whatever it is I was suppose to be doing needed to get done. I may not be knocked into next week, but I might just be picking myself up off of the floor. I suppose “old school” discipline involved fear of all sorts of extreme improbable threats by a parent and yet by the same breath of life, also came extreme acts of love; encouragement, support and sacrifice. The language of God in Leviticus is perhaps harsh and extreme and yet it is the same God who expressed extreme love through Jesus Christ. There is a consequence when we don’t always do what we are supposed to do. How gracious is it that we serve a God whose acts of Love are far more extreme than our disobedience?
…if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity, then will I remember my covenant with Jacob; …with Isaac and …with Abraham, and I will remember the land. Leviticus 26:27-42
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