February 7, 2007
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- And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
- 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.
- Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.
- Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.
- And if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will.
- It shall be eaten the same day ye offer it, and on the morrow: and if ought remain until the third day, it shall be burnt in the fire.
- And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted.
- Therefore every one that eateth it shall bear his iniquity, because he hath profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
- 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.
- And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.
- Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.
- And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
- Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.
- Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.
- Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
- Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.
- Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
- Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
- Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.
- And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free.
- And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, even a ram for a trespass offering.
- And the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the LORD for his sin which he hath done: and the sin which he hath done shall be forgiven him.
- And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of.
- But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the LORD withal.
- And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the LORD your God.
- Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
- Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
- Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
- Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.
- Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.
- Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
- Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.
- And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.
- But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
- Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.
- Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.
- Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the LORD.
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- And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
- Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
- And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
- And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:
- Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
- And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
- Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
- And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.
- For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
- And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
- And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
- And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.
- If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
- And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.
- And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.
- And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
- And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.
- And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.
- And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.
- And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.
- And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.
- Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.
- And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
- But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.
- Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.
- And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.
- A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
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- And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people:
- But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother,
- And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled.
- But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.
- They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
- They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.
- They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God.
- Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee: for I the LORD, which sanctify you, am holy.
- And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.
- And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes;
- Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;
- Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD.
- And he shall take a wife in her virginity.
- A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.
- Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him.
- And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
- Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.
- For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,
- Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,
- Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;
- No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God.
- He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy.
- Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.
- And Moses told it unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel.
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Thought for the day:
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Throughout the Scriptures the Lord teaches that His children should have compassion upon the poor and less fortunate. In
Leviticus 19:9-10, God says,
"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. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God."
Here the Lord's command is that farmers leave a small portion of their crops behind so that those who did not own lands, nor were in a position to earn pay, could reap some of the fruit. The story of Ruth illustrates this truth. Ruth was a widow, living with a widowed mother-in-law, and had severely limited opportunities to earn money. In order to subsist, she gleaned in the fields of Boaz; picking up grain that had been purposely left behind. The Law of Moses mentioned several other ways by which the poor were to be helped.
- 1. In the sabbatical year they were to have their share of the produce of the fields and the vineyards (
- 2. Usury was forbidden, and the pledged raiment was to be returned before the sun went down (
- 3. The rich were to be generous to the poor (
- 4. Certain portions from the tithes were assigned to the poor (
Clearly the Lord wanted His people to be concerned about the needs of the impoverished.
What about the New Testament? The responsibility to care for the less fortunate is repeated in several places. In
Luke 3:11 Christ said,
"He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise".
He stated, "But when thou makest a feast, call the poor...". In
Acts 6 and
I Timothy 5 it is seen that the church had the responsibility to care for the widows (those unable to provide for themselves financially). Paul's own testimony in
Galatians 2:10 was that Peter, James and John, in sending Paul out to preach, had told him "that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do". We must remember, however, that the New Testament also speaks of the responsibility of a man to work, and that if an able-bodied man does not choose to work, that he does not deserve to eat.
II Thes. 3:10,12 states,
"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat... Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread."
Galatians 6:10 says,
" As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
If our brethren have needs that they can not provide for themselves, then it is our responsibility to assist them. If an unsaved man has a legitimate need, and we can help, we should do so as well, and use the opportunity as an occasion to witness for our Lord. As we learn to love the Lord, love the brethren, and love the lost, this will become an easier principle to accomplish.
Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery