“Then the land shall enjoy its Sabbaths as long as it lies desolate, while you are in your enemies’ land; then the land shall rest, and enjoy its Sabbaths.
Leviticus 26:34 ESV
We love to claim God’s promises as God’s people right? I’ve even posted before about how in Jesus all God’s promises are “yes” and “amen” even to us His new testament people. So we can claim all God’s promises to bless His people for obedience right?
But what about God’s promises to curse His people for disobedience? Now I know that Jesus took God’s curse towards us upon Himself on the cross. But I also know that God disciplines the ones He loves.
When we disobey God, He chastises us to bring us back to Himself. We still face death like everyone else unless Jesus returns first. But Jesus has taken away the sting and the victory of death for us in His resurrection power.
Anyway, I quoted this Levitical verse because it’s about the kind of thing American evangelicals stereotypically don’t care about: the environment. Why did God allow His chosen people to go into exile in Babylon? Partly because they weren’t treating the environment responsibly.
They were meant to observe Sabbath rests for the land from time to time, to allow it to lie fallow and rest. But they ignored that command. So God put them in exile to allow the land to recover. During the Chinese lockdown, pollution dissipated. I’m sure it will be similar for the rest of the world.
The lockdown may not be fun for us. The exile wasn’t fun for the Jews. But in these times, God’s giving the earth time to recover from our shoddy stewardship.
“Almighty Lord, forgive us our irresponsible stewardship of the earth we pray. Please help us to learn our lessons in this time of lockdown. For the glory of Your name, amen”