Remember, in His Word, God has:

  • Something to see – what does the text say
  • Something to understand – what does it mean
  • Something to apply – what does it mean to me
  • Something to praise – for what are you thankful?

(1) Through the Bible

Day 1: Deuteronomy 2,3Day 4: Deut 8,9
Day 2: Deut 4,5Day 5: Deut 10,11
Day 3: Deut 6,7Day 6: Deut 12,13

As we have already covered the theme of atonement last Fall, our devotional theme this week will look ahead to the blessings of God as recorded in Leviticus 26 (next Sunday’s preaching theme). One theologian speaks of this chapter as a poignant picture of divine love and lament as we read of his blessings and curses; his encouragements and warnings. If you are working through either the “key passages” or “key verses” with children take care with how you help them understand blessings and curses. Our Christian faith does not rest upon personal performance. I have included the Galatians 3 reference to help give a Christian perspective: we stand accepted before God on the basis of faith in Christ’s works, not ours. That being said, his “curses” are not idle threats, but loving warnings of the consequences of sin. The Lord’s discipline in our life is a blessing in itself. Note the progressive tone of God’s warnings through the chapter, for example: “And if, in spite of all this, you still disobey me …”. God wants what is best for us, but will sometimes allow consequences for our actions to encourage us to come back to him. Through it all he remains faithful to his covenant!

(2) Key Passages

Day 1: Leviticus 26:1-8Day 4: Lev 26:27-35
Day 2: Lev 26:9-17Day 5: Lev 26:36-46
Day 3: Lev 26:18-26Day 6: Galatians 3:13-14

(3) Key Verses

Day 1: Leviticus 26:3-4Day 4: Lev 26:14-16
Day 2: Lev 26:6Day 5: Lev 26:18-20
Day 3: Lev 26:11-13Day 6: Galatians 3:13-14

(4) Pre-readers (in the translation of your choice; below is a paraphrase of the NLT)

“I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people.”

Leviticus 26:12