Chapter 24: There is one standard of justice for all, for the stranger as well as the native, administered by priestly judges, not “an eye for an eye” revenge.
Chapter 25: One standard of fairness for all – if a neighbor becomes poor and cannot honor his obligations, he is to be sustained, given a home and a good job, and not be treated as a slave, until the time when he can redeem himself. The year of jubilee is not to be missed, with its law of redemption that points forward to the redemption Jesus offered freely for you and me. God’s heart honors hard work, but also Sabbath rest and giving back to the unfortunate, since we are all sojourners on God’s land.
Chapter 26: Incredibly beautiful verses 1-13, the antidotes to idolatry leading to the sweetest of blessings. Read these if you read nothing else! But then a chilling conditional warning – if we do not obey, we cannot say we misunderstand the resulting punishment. But then a stunning conditional promise! Read verses 40-45 right now – if my people will only repent and turn away and listen to me!
Chapter 27: The life of blessing lays in the tithe of ten percent of everything God supplies – land, seed and fruit all come from and belong to the Lord.
We are holy to the Lord!
It was the reading of Leviticus 26:6 that struck and pierced my American heart:
“I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble. I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land” (NASB).
I must ask. What is our “land” as Christians? Is it not the Kingdom of God inaugurated by Jesus? Aren’t we the land that is holy to God? And are we not seeing swords in our land today in alarming and accelerating ways? And wasn’t Jesus present with God as he spoke to Moses?
We know the heart of God and his no-surprises management. We are without excuse.
It is past time for God’s land to take a Jubilee Sabbath, united as one, and repent for having disobeyed his commands. If we do, his promises reign.
If we do not…