Monday, May 02, 2011

The purpose of the covenant curses

“The blessings and curses of Leviticus 26 thus reveal another way for dealing with sin according to the Holiness Code. Yahweh would use a system of covenant blessings and curses to encourage obedience and discourage sin. The discipline of curse was designed to turn the people from sin and save them from more severe discipline.”—A Severe Mercy, page 83

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Problem is that it didn't work...Israel went into exile. Still doesn't work very well, does it?
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1 comment:

That's my 2 cents! said...

Years ago My, then mentor, Lynn Reves, taught that God used the flood, slavery and freedom from Egypt, the law of Moses, His presence in pillars of cloud/fire, and etc. to show us nothing would work except Christ. He said at the final judgment that people would protest that God didn't give them a chance be their best, or that God didn't give them a "to do list". Clearly God exhausted every possible avenue to prove Christ is the only way that can work. I think there is only one more God has planned...For a period of time God will remove Satan and his power from the earth. Once that doesn't work then every excuse has had its run.