The Leviticus 18:18 Principle - 3

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All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.  – 2 Timothy 3:16

For over forty years, I have had the habit of reading through the Bible each year. This verse has inspired me to do so. I know that all Scripture is profitable. But, to be honest, it is a temptation to think this is not true, especially when I read Leviticus. All the details on the sacrifices and temple rules don’t seem profitable to me. But I continue on, trusting that 2 Timothy 3:16 is true.

One year I found myself in a “mindset of regretting.” I pondered unwise decisions I had made in my youth. “If I could do it all over again, I would make this decision or that decision,” I thought to myself.

Then I read Leviticus 18:18: “You shall not marry a woman in addition to her sister as a rival while she is alive, to uncover her nakedness.” I thought, “Wait a second. God told Moses that a man should not marry his wife’s sister... but this is the very way God raised up the nation of Israel. The tribes of Israel were from two sisters, Rachel and Leah, and their two female servants. And now God was saying not to do that. How can God bless something that was not ideal from the beginning?”

Then it dawned on me. God is the God of grace. He blessed Jacob’s wives Rachel and Leah, despite the fact that this arrangement was not ideal. But God also made it clear not to do it again!

The “Leviticus 18:18 Principle” was born in my mind. God blesses us in our ignorance in the past. But He gives us wisdom not to do it again in the future. And this principle has helped me so much when I get into a “mindset of regretting.”

Second Timothy 3:16 is true. All Scripture is profitable for teaching. Even the book of Leviticus.

Submitted by:
John Hopler
Great Commission Churches
Worthington, Ohio

One-Year Bible Reading
Numbers 19:1-20:29
Luke 1:1-25
Psalm 56:1-13
Proverbs 11:8

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