One of the biggest criticisms of biblical history is how a good God could allow and endorse the military conquest and annihilation of one select people group over another. It is a criticism that still dominates conversations today regarding land disputes in the Middle East.
A careful reading of the Old Testament (OT) may lead us to ask a disturbing question, “Is God’s love conditional or unconditional?” This week in the bible reading plan, we read a particular portion of Leviticus where we heard God warn his people that “if you walk contrary to me then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you.” This certainly seems like a conditional love, and we’d be hard-pressed to convince anyone otherwise.
How quickly we tend to forget the ways in which God has richly provided for us in the past. Today is Day 46 of the bible reading plan, and it's a familiar scene at this place called Meribah as the Israelites begin to complain and criticize Moses due to their lack of water. So Moses asks God for help, and once again, God delivers. However, something happens in the process that costs Moses significantly.
It is safe to say that Leviticus is not on anyone's list of favorite books of the bible. I had someone text me this morning to state quite plainly and honestly, "It's okay to say Leviticus is boring right?" And while the majority of the book does seem tedious and out of touch with our new covenant relationship with God, there are some heavy principles found within the book that shed some much needed perspective on our view of God and our relationship with him.
Immediately following the initial rebellion of humanity, God makes a promise that one day a certain descendant of the woman will restore order and make all things right again. As we read through the Scriptures, we come to see and understand that the Descendant first mentioned in this original promise in Genesis is the Promised One - Jesus the Christ.