每日诗歌: 耶和華是愛（粵语) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR-HiNksGCg)
Leviticus 18 [Read]
Leviticus 19 [Read]
Matthew 27:32-66 [Read]
I love reading Leviticus 19. It basically covers what the Ten Commandments stipulate with some additional laws, but the language used here is so easy for people to relate that it’s hard not to be touched by it.
It is one thing to say “you shall be generous to the poor and needed”, but it’s much more moving to say “when you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest…leave them for the poor and aliens”. It paints such a beautiful picture of God’s provision for the poor through the affluent, and both of them were edified in the process. This wonderful law bore fruit in the person of Boaz, and the famous gleaner Ruth was cared for by this godly man. The end result was a God ordained marriage that eventually led to the birth of King David (see the book of Ruth).
It is one thing to say “you shall not take advantage of others”, but it’s much more real to say “do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God”. Indeed, we are very good to identify other people’s weaknesses and take advantage of them accordingly, just like putting a stumbling block in front of the blind. But the Lord reminded the Israelites and us that we had better fear the Lord when thinking about doing such things.
But the most important point of these laws in Leviticus 19 is the phrase that was repeated 15 times, more than any other chapter in the Bible: I AM THE LORD. This constant reminder tells the Israelites why they need to keep these laws. It’s because he is the Lord, and he is watching all the time. He wants his people to be holy, for the Lord is holy. Keeping these laws is not simply being legalistic, but because those are based on God’s characters. Being his people means to grow those characters.
Of course, they eventually all failed because the Law was meant to make them conscious of sins (Rom 3:20). There is only one way to keep those laws, which is to rely on the great power that shall be released in tomorrow’s NT reading. So, keep on reading and find out.