Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Laws Repeated Leviticus 19

Leviticus 19:2 "Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy."

Another assembling of the congregation for a "sermon" to remind them of how they are suppose to live. Just as we are reminded in our weekly church services, so the children of Israel must be reminded. Here and there a new note is inserted or said in a different way that hits home.

Sort of like telling the children (ours), 'Now don't do this or that or don't forget to do this or that.'

V3 reminds children to honor their parents but here it says fear every man his mother, and his father...

v4 another reminder to stay away from idols and molten gods.

v5-8 don't let an offer of sacrifice of peace offering sit around for three days. Let it be eaten when it should be.

v9 "And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest."

This was for the poor and unfortunate who found themselves without land and a way to grow food. They would go through fields and pick up scraps left behind after the harvest. We can refer to the story of Ruth to find where the application of this law was very important.

The book of Ruth is nestled between Judges and 1 Samuel.

Elimelech and his wife Naomi went to the land of Moab because of a famine. Elimelech died while there and Naomi would have come back alone except for Ruth who was her daughter-in-law from one of Naomi's dead sons. Naomi entreated Ruth to remain among her own people but she would not.

Here we get the famous wedding phrase from chapter 1 of Ruth v16 "...Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:"

v19 "So they two went until they came to Bethlehem..."

You are right fro the clue ...Ruth is in the family tree of Christ. She was found gleaning in the fields and Boaz (the owner of the field) saw her. In time they were married and she bare a son.
The son was called Obed who was the father of Jesse, the father of David the King. Matthew chapter 1 gives the genealogy (Booz because of the different language translation). Also in the last chapter of Ruth.

The law of leaving the gleanings bore great rewards in supporting Ruth and the line of Christ.

Ruth 2:4-5 "And behold Boaz came from Bethlehem and said unto the reapers....Whose damsel is this?" v6 ...It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi..."

So we leave the gleaning for now but it would be good to read the entire book of Ruth.

The balance of the chapter deals with the distinction between clean and unclean beast. It also continues on with proper conduct toward relatives.

The theme of the chapter seems to be that this nation, Israel, will be different from all nations. They will honor one God and conduct themselves in a high level of personal conduct. They will not copy traditions of those they come into contact with but keep the commandants of God.

Psalm 4:3 "But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him."

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