We are coming to the end of Leviticus. Albert Barnes summary is very significant. “the book of the covenant” Exo. 20:22–23:33 concludes with promises and warnings Exo_23:20-33, so does this collection of laws contained in the Book of Leviticus. But the former passage relates to the conquest of the land of promise, this one to the subsequent history of the nation.” Its important that beyond promises, there will be warnings. It’s not just a bed of roses in our daily walk. If we flout divine commands, there are consequences. That’s a principle we have to live with all our lives. Someone said that actions have consequences is the first rule of life, and the second is that you are responsible for it. When you chose an action, you’ve automatically chosen the consequence that goes with it. So God was not making a threat as Robert Ingersol would put it. God is telling us we are free to make choices, but each choice has its conclusions. Our joy is that we have the answers before the exams begin. Jesus had a similar experience. He wanted the church, so he chose the cross( Heb.12:2 ). What do you want today? The choice is yours.
And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. (Lev 26:15-16 KJV)