Leviticus 19 Various Laws

Jul 11, 2014  |  Leviticus, Old Testament  |  No Comments

The LORD is Holy

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In this passage, God is reminding us of who He is and who we are in Him.  He is the LORD.  He is holy.  He is the LORD our God. We are to have no other gods before us nor make gods of metal.  God also reiterates the commandments to honor our parents and keep the sabbath and to follow the rules for sacrifices.

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

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In this passage, God reiterates the second key for His people, whether Christian or Jew, to love our neighbor.  God lists some specifics here, such as leaving a little of the harvest for the poor and outsider, but what particularly strikes me is that every paragraph ends with God stating ‘I am the LORD’. Today, am I treating every person with whom I come in contact with the love that God demands? Jesus clarifies this with the story of the Good Samaritan – our neighbor is every person, then he makes the command even harder, be willing to lay down your life for one another.  Simple, but very, very difficult.

 A Myriad of Other Laws

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This passage ends with many unrelated laws.  Are these laws still applicable to us?  There are interesting things to consider here. I am thankful to no longer be under the law, but be guided by the Holy Spirit as I consider these words.

Throughout this passage, God reminds both us and the Israelites that He is the LORD and our God.  We must therefore obey Him.

The first law seems at a glance to have nothing to do with our modern world – don’t breed two different kinds of cattle, don’t mix two kinds of seeds, don’t combine two types of cloth.  Yet, isn’t this at the heart of the hybridization and genetic engineering that has made our food supply toxic?  We are now working hard to restore some of what has been lost by going back to ancient grains and heirloom seeds?  Aren’t genetically modified plants just the end result of violating this commandment?  If this law applies, how about the others?  Do men really need to leave their beards untouched?  Are tattoos really against God’s commands?  Do we really need to leave fruit trees alone for three years, give the fourth year to God and only then eat of their harvest?

Do we have the right to pick and choose among God’s commands?  This is the challenge of this passage.  Remember, above all else, that God is sovereign and we must obey Him.

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