[Linux4christians] Tuesday - Leviticus 19
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Religious and Social Regulations
19:1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 19:2 "Speak to the whole congregation of
the Israelites and tell them, 'You must be holy because I, the Lord your
God, am holy. 19:3 Each of you must respect his mother and his father,
and you must keep my Sabbaths. I am the Lord your God. 19:4 Do not turn
to idols, and you must not make for yourselves gods of cast metal. I am
the Lord your God.
Eating the Peace Offering
19:5 "'When you sacrifice a peace offering sacrifice to the Lord, you
must sacrifice it so that it is accepted for you. 19:6 It must be eaten
on the day of your sacrifice and on the following day, but what is left
over until the third day must be burned up. 19:7 If, however, it is
eaten on the third day, it is spoiled, it will not be accepted, 19:8 and
the one who eats it will bear his punishment for iniquity because he has
profaned what is holy to the Lord. That person will be cut off from his
Leaving the Gleanings
19:9 "'When you gather in the harvest of your land, you must not
completely harvest the corner of your field, and you must not gather up
the gleanings of your harvest. 19:10 You must not pick your vineyard
bare, and you must not gather up the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You
must leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
19:11 "'You must not steal, you must not tell lies, and you must not
deal falsely with your fellow citizen. 19:12 You must not swear falsely
in my name, so that you do not profane the name of your God. I am the
Lord. 19:13 You must not oppress your neighbor or commit robbery against
him. You must not withhold the wages of the hired laborer overnight
until morning. 19:14 You must not curse a deaf person or put a stumbling
block in front of a blind person. You must fear your God; I am the Lord.
Justice, Love, and Propriety
19:15 "'You must not deal unjustly in judgment: you must neither show
partiality to the poor nor honor the rich. You must judge your fellow
citizen fairly. 19:16 You must not go about as a slanderer among your
people. You must not stand idly by when your neighbor's life is at
stake. I am the Lord. 19:17 You must not hate your brother in your
heart. You must surely reprove your fellow citizen so that you do not
incur sin on account of him. 19:18 You must not take vengeance or bear a
grudge against the children of your people, but you must love your
neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. 19:19 You must keep my statutes.
You must not allow two different kinds of your animals to breed, you
must not sow your field with two different kinds of seed, and you must
not wear a garment made of two different kinds of fabric.
Lying with a Slave Woman
19:20 "'When a man has sexual intercourse with a woman, although she is
a slave woman designated for another man and she has not yet been
ransomed, or freedom has not been granted to her, there will be an
obligation to pay compensation. They must not be put to death, because
she was not free. 19:21 He must bring his guilt offering to the Lord at
the entrance of the Meeting Tent, a guilt offering ram, 19:22 and the
priest is to make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering
before the Lord for his sin that he has committed, and he will be
forgiven of his sin that he has committed.
The Produce of Fruit Trees
19:23 "'When you enter the land and plant any fruit tree, you must
consider its fruit to be forbidden. Three years it will be forbidden to
you; it must not be eaten. 19:24 In the fourth year all its fruit will
be holy, praise offerings to the Lord. 19:25 Then in the fifth year you
may eat its fruit to add its produce to your harvest. I am the Lord your
Blood, Hair, and Body
19:26 "'You must not eat anything with the blood still in it. You must
not practice either divination or soothsaying. 19:27 You must not round
off the corners of the hair on your head or ruin the corners of your
beard. 19:28 You must not slash your body for a dead person or incise a
tattoo on yourself. I am the Lord. 19:29 Do not profane your daughter by
making her a prostitute, so that the land does not practice prostitution
and become full of lewdness.
Purity, Honor, Respect, and Honesty
19:30 "'You must keep my Sabbaths and fear my sanctuary. I am the Lord.
19:31 Do not turn to the spirits of the dead and do not seek familiar
spirits to become unclean by them. I am the Lord your God. 19:32 You
must stand up in the presence of the aged, honor the presence of an
elder, and fear your God. I am the Lord. 19:33 When a foreigner resides
with you in your land, you must not oppress him. 19:34 The foreigner who
resides with you must be to you like a native citizen among you; so you
must love him as yourself, because you were foreigners in the land of
Egypt. I am the Lord your God. 19:35 You must not do injustice in the
regulation of measures, whether of length, weight, or volume. 19:36 You
must have honest balances, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an
honest hin. I am the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of
Egypt. 19:37 You must be sure to obey all my statutes and regulations. I
am the Lord.'"
Lord, remind me daily of Your holiness and of my responsibility to live
holy before You.
The Lord God reminded the Israelites of their covenantal obligation to
live holy lives, because of their agreement and relationship with a holy
He instructed them to be sensitive to the needs of the poor and of the
foreigner, thus they were not to pick everything clean at harvest but to
leave some behind for them; this was not a completely free gift as it
required that those receiving the "gleanings" work to harvest them.
He provided guidance for daily living:
Deal justly with others
Do not slander others
Defend a brother in danger.
Do "... not hate your brother in your heart." [This is interesting as it
is a precursor to the teaching of Jesus in the NT.].
To warn a brother who has stumbled so that you do not share in his guilt.
To not seek vengeance.
To not bear a grudge against a fellow Israelites.
To love your neighbor as yourself.
To not allow two different kinds of your animals to breed (e.g. donkey
and horse because they produce the mule which cannot reproduce).
To not mix different seed in the same field.
To not wear a garment made of two different kinds of fabric.
In those primitive times a slave woman did not have the same rights as a
free woman, therefore while it was a sin for her master to have sexual
intercourse with her they were not killed but he was required to present
a sin offering. The unfortunate precedent of a master being with a slave
woman had been set by Abraham.
Fruit trees planted in the new land was to be uneaten in the first three
years and the fourth given as a praise offering to the Lord God. Only in
the fifth year and beyond was the fruit acceptable for the people to eat.
The people were warned again to not eat blood.
The people were warned again to avoid witchcraft; no divining (asking
spirits to show where wells should be), trying to communicate with the
dead, no fortune telling, be respectful to an angel and an elder,
The people were warned to not decorate themselves with odd beard and
hair styles nor to be tattooed.
The people were not to follow the pagan practice of self-mutilation for
Parents, no matter how poor, we not to cause their daughter to be a
prostitute -- all prostitution was bad for the society.
People were to treat foreigners respectfully when they were guests, at
least as well as if they were Israelites.
People were to deal honestly with one another, no cheating.
The people were to keep all of the statutes given by God.
God repeats Himself when He really wants us to remember what He has said.
Which of the items on this list were also taught by Jesus?
Reflect on this:
Witchcraft in all of its many forms were forbidden by God.
When have you recognized that the way that you adorned yourself was an
expression of a heart not focused on God but instead on worldly values
that were not pleasing to God?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where something in the list from this
text also applies to Christians and is a problem in your life.
Today I will repent of that which the Holy Spirit reveals to me and will
partner with a fellow believer for accountability in remaining where
God, rather than the world, would have me in my walk.
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