Thursday, June 9, 2011

Reading the Bible in 90 Days, Day 9: Leviticus 15-26

Let me just say:  it's not easy to deal with all the holiness in Leviticus.  Holy priests, holy people, holy things, being set apart which means being clean, not being defiled by the people and things of the world.  So there are lots of laws, some understandable, some tough to handle.  There is lots of putting-to-death, lots of punishment. 

So, Israel is set apart, not like the other nations.  Don't live like other people.  You are God's people.  Live like it.

And then, in the midst of the talk about Festivals, there's a section about Sabbath.  There's a weekly sabbath, and a 7 year sabbath, and the Jubilee.  Every fifty years, according to God, Israel was supposed to celebrate a Jubilee year.  The land would rest, and they were just supposed to eat what grew naturally.  Anyone who had become a slave would be set free, and be able to go back to their tribe.  Land that had been sold would go back to the original owner.  God definitely didn't want all of Israelite to be owned by one huge corporation.  God definitely didn't want all the wealth to end up with a few people.

I'm starting to think I need to think harder and talk more about money in church.

1 comment:

8thdayplanner said...

I am enjoying these Bible "cliff notes."

Perhaps I'll join in the reading when you get to the Gospels.

Thanks for posting these.