Do not take from your neighbor more than you need

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.14.2018 – Old Testament: Deu 23.24–25

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 23–25 on March 14, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

As an Israelite traveled, he may not have had too many restaurant options, if any. Since he would need to eat and with the countryside filled with farms and such, the Lord said that the Israelite could eat from those fields,

“When you come into your neighbor’s vineyard, you may eat your fill of grapes at your pleasure, but you shall not put any in your container. When you come into your neighbor’s standing grain, you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not use a sickle on your neighbor’s standing grain” (Deuteronomy 23.24–25).

The Lord had blessed the field of that Israelite. Therefore, the Lord said that another Israelite could eat from that field, but the owner had worked the field, planted the seed, worked with his crop, and done all that needs to be done for a productive harvest. The traveler could meet his needs, but not go beyond meeting his needs.

Questions:

  • Do you take advantage of someone’s generosity?
  • Are you generous?

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