Blessings for Eternity

Everlasting Blessings

Starting in Leviticus 26:3, we finally reach the chapter on blessings and curses. The blessings are listed from v.3 to v.13. The curses are from v.14 to v. 43. Some have said that there are so many more verses for the curses than for the blessings, but that is not altogether true. It depends on how you read it. While there are many more verses for the curses, each verse for the blessings opens up a wider horizon, a larger storehouse of further blessings which run its way into the Messianic times and continues to extend its influence right into the Eternal Order.

The verses for the curses, while they are very serious, are quite focused on the details, and are limited by time. However, the blessings are far more wide-reaching. Paul, in his old age, defined this concept very well in 2 Corinthians 4:17.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,

The word light does not mean insignificant or trivial. Some believers endure much persecution, like Stephen who suffered to death. But it can be seen as light when compared with what the Lord has prepared for us in eternity. Taking that into account, we can begin to read Leviticus 26.

 

Perfect Millennial Blessings

Taking all these blessings together, bible commentator and rabbi, Nahmanides, attributed these verses to the messianic future, since they reminded him of the Messianic Kingdom.

It is truly a blessing just to read these 11 verses. What do we see in them? We see words like rain, produce, and the abundance of grain. We read the word fruit in v.4, where it says that the trees of the field will yield their fruit without anyone cultivating them. There will be such an abundance of food!

 

Even the rain is miraculous. Too much rain can destroy crops but if the rain does not come on time, being too early or too late, it could also be destructive. However, when it says I will give you rain in their season (v.4) it means, at just the right time, with just the right amount. God knows the size of the field, and how deep the water needs to go. This in itself, is a miracle.

We also read words like living securely (v.5), peace in the land, no enemies (v.6), and that Israel herself will multiply and be made fruitful (v.9).

Three times Israel is told in v.6 that she will live in peace. I shall also grant peace in the land, then, you may lie down with no one making you tremble. At end of the verse it says, no sword will pass through your land.

In v.5 the Lord promises that Israel will thus eat her food to the full. The

word full, שֹׂבע (śōbar) is written in the same way as the number seven, שבע

recalling the blessings of the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years, the number seven being that of spiritual perfection.

 

Strength through Unity in the Body

How strong would they have been if they had walked with God? Vv.7-8 explain it well.

‘But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword; five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword.

Five will chase a hundred and hundred will chase ten thousand. Note that the ratio is not the same but increases. It seems that the more they unite, the stronger they are and the better it is. Five for a hundred is a ratio of one to 20 but when they join forces, the ratio jumps to one to 100.

So we see power in unity. Twenty times stronger is good but why should we settle for that because when we stand together, we can be 100 times stronger?

Paul said it when he described the kehilat of God, the body of the Messiah, in 1 Corinthians 12: 20, 27:

But now there are many members, but one body. Now you are Christ’s

body, and individually members of it.

 

The more we have devoted and committed people joining the body, whether it be in the local or the universal church, the stronger the body will become, producing more fruit. And the faster her enemies will flee away.

 

Dwelling with Yeshua Lastly, we read in vv.11-12

‘Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. ‘I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.

This is similar to the last chapter of the Bible in Revelation 22:3.

There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him;

But before then, in Leviticus we see the word dwelling as mishkan. The Greek word skinoo is drawn from it and used for when Yeshua dwelt with us when He was on earth.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

As the Lord promises to dwell with Israel in the future, so Yeshua dwells with us now if we make Him our personal Savior.

 

Lavished with Blessings Today

All these blessings, while temporal and given to Israel, have their counterpart for all believers today. The closeness to God and His blessings are available today to each one who walks with the Lord. Just consider that one verse which sums up all the Lord gave us.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Messiah. Ephesians 1: 3

Nothing is lacking – all the blessings are within reach of the believer – even though we often take many years to get hold of some blessings. But it should not be like that – they are all there for the taking. Remember He did not just give us these blessings. We are told in v.8 that He lavished them on us. That word means to exceed a fixed number or measure. It means to give over and over again. When God gives, He gives and gives.

It is all out of grace for us. A good definition of grace is everything for nothing to those who don’t deserve anything. That is grace and it is given in abundance, just like in Leviticus 26.

But note that while we have so many promises at our disposal, they are also conditional to our spiritual walk. We don’t have to wait until heaven to possess what is already ours.


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