There are four seasons of God that is mentioned in Leviticus 26:1-13. These seasons are, seasons of Increase, Peace, Release and His Glory. Because God has four seasons, there are also four seasons for humans and/ or seasons for God’s chosen people that we must experience. In the next few weeks, we will learn more about these four seasons for Christians.
First thing we have to understand that seasons come and go in four forms. And every season has its purpose of specific manifestation. Since God deals with time and season, we must have to know at the various seasons that God has for his people, and we have to pursue towards it and, understand it and acquire it during that season that it’s release. King Salomon says it very clearly in Ecclesiastes 3:3 ‘To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:’
Even in nature, we do know that there are four seasons a year, which is a result from the yearly revolution of the Earth around the Sun and because of this, it causes the change of weather, ecology and hours of the day. Yet it is the Lord Jesus Christ who created the Heaven, the earth and the four seasons; for all things were made by him and for him, according to Colossians 1:16 and John 1:3.
Since everything was made by Jesus Christ, this is an indication that HE allows all things to happen and change according to HIS will. HE allows four weather/seasons which are, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and each seasons has its own purposes. There are also four spiritual seasons of God for HIS saints. These four seasons of God are for those who positioned themselves in the righteousness of God and keep his commandments. Once we remain righteous before the Lord we can expect to see the four seasons of God in our lives. This week we will focus on the season of Wealth.
Wealth means, great forces, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, efficiency excellence, capable or very powerful. It takes wealth to carry the vision and or mission of the church. The same way the kingdom of God operates by law is the same way that wealth is functioned. The season of favor for wealth operates by laws, and these laws bring revelation and ideas. And wealth is a concept and this concept we must capture or create and maintain. And wealth comes from God because He gives us the ability to get it, according to Deuteronomy 8:18, But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God for it is he that giveth thee the power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
In this season of favor for wealth, God will release a great abundance in our lives, abundance that will make us be able to help the people that are very close to us and even those afar. The kind of wealth that God will release will help us to get out of debt, save, invest and pass on to future generations. The kind of wealth that is coming in our live during this season will bring complete breakthrough and increase. It’s the wealth that God did promise to give Abraham. This is a covenant promise wealth. But in order for us to receive and or maintain this wealth we must be obedient to God, is ways and status. And in being obedient to God this will help us to reach and or obtain the release of health.
There is no better place that God can refer us about His blessing than in the book of Deuteronomy. And Deuteronomy means "second law." It is a retelling of the covenant between God and his people Israel. And this book was written as the Israelite's are to enter the Promised Land. Deuteronomy is a reminder that God is worthy of worship and obedience. Here in the text, God is describing for the Israelites the blessings and benefits that would spring from obedience to His word. The Israelites were:
- An inhabitant of the Northern Kingdom of ancient Israel. Also used to denote the members of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, made up of the descendants of Jacob.
And these blessings has I said are a result of obedience. Looking at blessings we find that scholars stated that the Bible often repeats itself, especially with blessings. And Deuteronomy is a repeat of Exodus, Numbers and Leviticus. And although it seems to be a repeat, Deuteronomy gives us details that are not found anywhere else. We will also find that we can compare Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 which seems to be a repeat. But Deuteronomy spells out clearly that the blessings that God will release in the life of his people, where as Leviticus tell us about the seasons of God.
Understanding the TEXT
So has the text opens up here in chapters 28, it is the 18 prophecy in Deuteronomy and we see that it says, “And it shall come to pass”. Show us that everything else that follows this statement is base on us receiving the blessings that God has for us. ‘Come to Pass’ is a primitive root that means; Become, Accomplished, Committed, Cause, Become and Or Belong.
And for this reason the children of Israel and we must follow all the instructions below in order to obtain the blessing of wealth. It is clear that the blessing is already given from God to us, but it all up to us to receive it. The Lord is not telling us to name and clam but simply to follow his plans and or laws. That is why here in chapter 28 Moses resumes the promises already set forth in the earlier records of the Law, mentioned in Exodus 23:20-23, showing us once more that the blessings of God come clearly through being obedient to God. That’s why Moses opens us with, ‘it shall come to pass’. A language that is plain and precise to follow. We have to follow the voice of the Lord through his prophets and stay in his law. And we will get the blessings.
Two significant things should be observed concerning the Deuteronomic Covenant. The first is the background of the covenant. This covenant was established by God with the nation of Israel after the establishment of the Mosaic Covenant (the Law), and it was separate from the Mosaic Covenant mentioned in Deuteronomy 29:1.
- The Abrahamic Covenant is an unconditional covenant. God made promises to Abraham that required nothing of Abraham found in Genesis 12:1-3. The ceremony recorded in Genesis 15 indicates the unconditional nature of the covenant. It’s a covenant between God and man.
- The Mosaic Covenant The Mosaic Covenant is a conditional covenant made between God and the nation of Israel at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19-24). The Mosaic Covenant was centered around God's giving His divine law to Moses on Mount Sinai. It’s a covenant between God and a nation.
- First, the blessings of God are contingent upon our obedience. Because he used the word "if" in verses 1, 2, 9, & 13. The Hebrew word “if” there is ‘kee’ and means; When, Certainly, Until and Or Unless.
- Second, we will be set on high above all nations of the earth in the end of verse 1. God ‘will set’ set there is ‘naw-than' and means, To give, Allow, Appoint, Assign, Bestowed and Commit.
Those are the main words here for us to get the blessing (IF, HEARKEN &DO GOD’S COMMANDMENTS). There are twenty-one blessings listed that Moses mentioned that the LORD will do. And these twenty-one blessings will base on our commitment to God. The NUMBER 21 means/suggest, “TIME” Or “FULL LIMIT OF TIME”. Like when,
- The angel's coming to Daniel was delayed by the Prince of Persia for 21 days. Daniel 10:13.
- Jacob worked 3 x 7 or 21 years for Laban to obtain two wives and two maidservants, through whom were brought forth the promised sons of Israel that are so pivotal in the history of man. Genesis 29:15-30.
- By reason of those two passages, the number twenty-one speaks of a full limit of time.
In that he says in verse 2 all these blessings shall come on Israel or us and not only will we get the blessings but it will over take us. If Israel would hearken to the voice of the Lord its God, the Lord would make it the highest of all the nations of the earth. When something over take you, it means that it, becomes sufficient, prosperous, or has enough. Notice that the blessings are here put before the curses, to intimate and motivate us not to disobey. So God will give us an overtake blessing in this season of favor of wealth.
We will continue this lesson next week....