Leviticus 27: The Right to Be King
Posted by Zak Schmoll
Well, we have almost made it through Leviticus, and in the final chapter, I think that I once again want to focus on the final verse.
Lev 27:34 These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.
God specifically tailored to commandments for His followers. I think that that is significant because it somewhat implies that if we want to follow God, we need to follow His commandments as well. God commands our obedience.
Of course, that is not necessarily a popular thought today. People like to think that they are only answerable to themselves and don’t need to follow anyone. Biblically speaking, that just is not true.
We need to follow God because He is the Creator the universe, and because of that, He has control over everything. He doesn’t just have the power to be in charge of everything, He has that right.
That is a subtle difference, but I believe that it is an incredibly true one. Many people can come into power and dominate things, but that kingdom is bound to fail if that rule does not have the right to be there.
This might be a bit of a stretch, but think about it with me. For all of you Lord of the Rings fans, Denethor is only a Steward. He is not the King. He had the power to be in charge through his position, but his right could easily be taken away when the real King arrived. Aragorn had the right to be King.
That is really what this entire book has been about. God has been explaining His commandments from a position where He has the right to do that. We need to remember that. God will always be faithful to forgive us, and that spirit of forgiveness is powerful. However, in return, we need to try our best to live obediently. We will mess up, but having our worship is something that God deserves.