I’ll be honest with you today. I don’t like these chapters. I don’t like the tone of them and I know that sounds strange. I don’t want to be one of those teachers that just try to explain away the difficulties or try to tell you that it is a different era (New Testament vs Old Testament). God does not change. I agree that the way we observe or practice holy living may change, but the character of God does not change.
I like things like 19:9-10 because it has a great message for us to allow those with less to share in our abundance. But then in chapter 20, everyone is put to death for all kinds of reasons. Some just killed and others burned. Sure, the list is rough, but death? This isn’t eye for an eye kind of thing, it’s a disobey God and die kind of thing. This is the part of God none of us like. This is the heaven and hell reality.
God is God and he does not require us to agree with his ways. He is a holy and just God and if he says do this and live or do that and die, that’s just the way it will be. What do you think about these verses? We may want only the warm and fuzzy parts, but that’s not God.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.