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19:1) Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
19:2) "Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel,
and tell them, 'You shall be holy; for I
Yahweh your God am holy.
describing how they are to be holy, Yahweh describes various things
in verses 3 to 18. If you look carefully, you will notice that the
majority of things listed in verses 3-10 concern man's relationship
to God. The majority of the things listed in verses 11-18 concern
man's relationship with man. We can further see that these are 2
sections designed by God to be read as 2 separate parts because of
the 2 types of phrases given. Notice that in verses 3-10, we find the
am Yahweh your God.
Then notice a change in verses 11-18 to I
He is teaching us a very beautiful lesson here by doing this, which I
want to share with you. Let's start by looking at the verses in their
19:3) " 'Each one of you shall respect his mother and his
father. You shall keep my Sabbaths. I am Yahweh your God.
19:4) " 'Don't turn to idols, nor make molten gods for
yourselves. I am Yahweh your God.
19:5) " 'When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to
Yahweh, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted.
19:6) It shall be eaten the same day you offer it, and on the next
day: and if anything remains until the third day, it shall be burned
19:7) If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is an abomination.
It will not be accepted;
19:8) but everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he
has profaned the holy thing of Yahweh, and that soul shall be cut off
from his people.
19:9) " 'When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not
wholly reap the corners of your field, neither shall you gather the
gleanings of your harvest.
19:10) You shall not glean your vineyard, neither shall you gather
the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor
and for the foreigner. I am Yahweh your God.
19:11) " 'You shall not steal; neither shall you deal falsely,
nor lie to one another.
19:12) " 'You shall not swear by my name falsely, and profane
the name of your God. I am Yahweh.
19:13) " 'You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. The
wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until
19:14) " 'You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling
block before the blind; but you shall fear your God. I am Yahweh.
19:15) " 'You shall do no injustice in judgment: you shall not
be partial to the poor, nor show favoritism to the great; but you
shall judge your neighbor in righteousness.
19:16) " 'You shall not go up and down as a slanderer among
your people; neither shall you stand against the life of your
neighbor. I am Yahweh.
19:17) " 'You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You
shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.
19:18) " 'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge
against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor
as yourself. I am Yahweh.
carefully reading these verses, there appears to be one part that is
out of place. Notice that verses 9 and 10 speak of God's desire for
those who reap from the land to do so in such a way that part of the
harvest is left over for the poor and stranger. The reason it appears
to be out of place is because that is speaking of how man should
relate to man. Why then, was it put here, in the section dealing with
man's relationship with God, and not in the second section dealing
with man's relationship with his fellow man?
is the beauty of how God looks at things. He is teaching us that
while strangers and poor ones typically are the forgotten ones in
society, which has been the case throughout history, God views them
as so important, that, in putting this command in the section with
regard to man's relationship with God, he is saying, in effect, that
treating them in this way is the same as treating God himself! God
is, in a sense, equating these normally forgotten ones with himself!
we think of any other scriptures which relate thematically with this
one? I am reminded of Jesus' words:
25:40) "The King will answer them, 'Most certainly I tell you,
inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you
did it to me.'
you feel left out, forgotten, cast away by others? Know this brothers
and sisters, you are anything BUT that with your loving Father. He
values you so, so much.
Edited by gregoryfl on Jun-19-10 at 4:18pm
What do you see when you look at me? Not the visible me that your eyes can see. For in Christ I am dead, yet alive and free. Free to be it all, as he lives in me.