“And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy.” Leviticus 10:10
I think that passage above is telling us we can't espouse an anything goes mentality. We need to discern between what is of God and not.
“I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt. Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the Lord.” Lev 19:36-37
“If ye walk in my statues, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid.” Lev. 26:4-6
We have here an "if, then" statement from God. Sometimes I fear that we think if we're good or nice and smile at people, that's all there is and we're all going to heaven. The good thing is, we can take comfort knowing that if we are respecting God's ways, He'll respect us. As my girl Donna says, "You deny Him, He'll deny you." This passage is good to remind me that God’s moral laws are like his physical laws. If you do this, I will do that. We cannot defy His moral laws without dire consequences any more than we can defy his physical laws (such as gravity.) Which is actually such a comfort because we have a promise here, we have an if/then statement to cling to that He would give peace and prosperity in the Israelites' land if they respected His ways. To me this is not works-based theology which would be about salvation. That is a separate issue which can only be had by giving oneself over to Christ, but rather these passages are telling us how to have peace in this life. He is saying I will take care of you, I will defend you, I will prosper you when you fear/love me. Which we do.
So how bout them apples.
It’s so simple that it’s baffling.