Leviticus 19-20

I love how the LORD charges in with a straight-shooting decree in 19. A “listen up” retelling of the Ten Commandments, in a different order, surrounded by more precepts.

Of course you can guess which ones I gravitate towards:

“And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.” (19:10‬)

Don’t hoard your goods for yourself, leave some for others. Sharing is caring.

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (19:33-34‬)

People are people, treat everyone with equal respect no matter where they came from. Love as you love yourself. Even if you have a low self esteem I bet you manage to feed and clothe yourself for the most part.

“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” (19:18‬)

It’s easy to hold a grudge, but it’s a horrible waste of time! Do as Elsa says! Let it go!

Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Wow. If you ever wonder what being a Christian should look like, or wonder what it means to follow Jesus, like the Pharisee in Luke 10, look no further than this sentence (paired with loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength … because there’s not one without the other).

I’ve spent enough time being annoyed with people; stewing as I await vindication. Let me tell you something, if I learned anything working in that refugee camp in Greece it’s this: there’s no time to waste on grudges. There’s no benefit to keeping good things for yourself. Everything is better shared and forgiven. Just like we shouldn’t have idols, lie, steal, murder, etc.

Let’s not put up with that nonsense, like we don’t sacrifice our children to Molech. All God’s commands are smart, good and right.


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