Some ways that Israel showed their love for one another

Leviticus Bible Background

Old Testament: Lev 19.11–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 18–19 on February 14, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

God wanted the children of Israel to love Him with the entirety of their being, but He also wanted them to love one another, and that meant that they would not do certain things, such as the following:

“You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning. You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the LORD.”

– Leviticus 19.11–14

How could an Israelite say that he loved his brother and yet steal from him or do anything that could harm his fellow Israelite?

What is interesting about this text is that the Lord wanted Israel to remember who He was as He gave these instructions and prohibitions. If they remembered who the Lord was and what He had done for them, they would listen to whatever He had to say.

Questions:

  • What were they to do with the wages of someone who worked for them?
  • Instead of cursing the deaf or making the blind stumble, what were they to do?

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