GOD HAS RIGHTS TOO
Lev 26:23 “And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me,
Lev 26:24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your mistakes.
Lev 26:25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that will execute vengeance for the covenant. And if you gather within your cities, I will send pestilence among you, and you will be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
Lev 26:26 When I break your supply of bread, ten women will bake your bread in a single oven and will dole out your bread again by weight, and you will eat and not be satisfied.
human rights and God’s right
Included in any covenant agreement in the ancient near east was both the blessings of following the covenant, and the consequences for choosing to rebel against it. These consequences were severe for the Mosaic covenant. The LORD called this process executing vengeance for the covenant. It involved reducing the blessings of protection and provision that were the LORD’s part of the agreement.
In many parts of the world today, governments operate on an entitlement basis. The people enjoy life and liberty because their societies see those things as human rights. But, even in those societies life and liberty can be rescinded if the people act in an unlawful way that harms others and conflicts with the rights of others. The message of Leviticus is that God has rights too. To act against the covenant is to risk losing the benefits that are God’s right to give or withhold.
LORD, keep us mindful of protecting your right of judgement.