Do not take advantage of your brethren

Leviticus Bible Background

02.17.2019 – Old Testament: Lev 25.13–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 24–25 on February 17, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

The Jubilee in Israel caused everything to revert back to its original owner. However, the Lord knew that some might use this to hurt their brethren. Therefore, He said:

“In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession. And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor’s hand, you shall not oppress one another. According to the number of years after the Jubilee you shall buy from your neighbor, and according to the number of years of crops he shall sell to you. According to the multitude of years you shall increase its price, and according to the fewer number of years you shall diminish its price; for he sells to you according to the number of the years of the crops. Therefore you shall not oppress one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 25.13–17).

Do not use any situation to oppress a brother, because, as the Lord said at the end, He is the Lord God, meaning that He will hold the brother accountable who oppresses or hurts his brother in any way.

Questions:

  • Do you see your brothers and sisters in Christ as members of the highest family on earth?
  • How do you actually treat them?

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