Terms and conditions
I don’t know how the Israelites kept track of all the laws they had to follow. Each type of sacrifice had its own purpose with its own set of specifications which had to be followed to the letter, or else. But, it had to be better than slavery, right?
Their living conditions in Egypt were no longer sustainable. The human spirit was not created to endure oppression. People cannot be treated like livestock or work horses. Eventually, they will either find a way to freedom or die trying.
The Israelites living under Pharaoh had finally reached their breaking point. So when Moses came along offering them a chance to move, they took it. Circumstances had gotten so bad for them in Egypt that they didn’t even ask, “Where exactly are we going? How long will it take to get there? What’s this place like? What will we eat? What will the Lord expect of us once we get there?”
They essentially moved into a new apartment sight unseen just because the real estate agent recommended it. And, they didn’t review the lease until after they had already unpacked. By their actions, they checked a box without reading the terms and conditions of the lease.
So far, Leviticus continues to lay out those terms and conditions. And, they’re very specific. Whether they previewed it or not, the Israelites were bound by that contract. Both parties, God and His children, were obligated to perform the duties outlined therein. By not performing the duties as specified, then they were in breech of that contract.
If you find yourself in breech of contract today, you can be sued. You can be evicted. You can have a judgment entered against you. You’ll have to pay up one way or another. Your assets can be seized. Your paycheck can be garnished. Your credit score will plummet which affects everything from getting a new job to buying a new house. All of your interest rates will skyrocket, and your finances will enter a slow decline or downward spiral.
To continue with this analogy, if you want to rent an apartment, you must sign a lease. It is a covenant between landlord and tenant. The landlord agrees to maintain the property while the tenant agrees to pay rent for however long the term of the lease is. If you break the lease, you can be evicted. Correct?
Now, would the landlord allow you to move into the apartment without a contract? Nope. Can you come in and enjoy the amenities without becoming a tenant? Nope. Can you leave your trash in the complex dumpster? Nope. Can you use the laundry facilities there? Nope. Can you use the parking lot or swimming pool? Nope.
So, if you don’t want to honor your part of the agreement, then you don’t get to move in. Maybe that’s how it is with God. The Egyptians and Canaanites weren’t His tenants. Therefore they didn’t have to abide by the laws of His contract. But neither did they enjoy any of the perks of living under God’s divine protection.
If you want to be a child of God, then you must abide by the contract. So, what are the terms and conditions of that today? If this is the Old Covenant, then what is the New Covenant? Well, we haven’t gotten that far in our Bible journey. You’ll have to stick around for a few months to explore that with me.
But here’s a sneak peek: Our Landlord has given us an on-site Property Manager. And His name is Jesus. He’s available 24 hours a day. Just call Him when you have questions and He’ll connect you with the Landlord. He has a direct connection because He’s the Landlord’s Son. And, He has all the keys to the Kingdom.
Would you have signed the contract that the Israelites signed? Do you think our covenant today is easier? Feel free to comment below, or by visiting my Facebook page.
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