Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 8, 2014

God makes commands, because He is holy and leads us into holiness by His commands.

Today’s Scripture comes from Leviticus 19:5-25.  Here is a link to this Scripture – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+19&version=NASB

I quote the following verses.

“9 ‘Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.  10 Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard;  you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger.  I am the Lord your God.  …

13 ‘You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him.  The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning.  …

15 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment;  you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.  …

18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself;  I am the Lord.”   Leviticus Chapter 19:  Verses 9-10 and 13 and 15 and 18.

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We will focus on the four various commands that I quoted above.  The first thing that we should note is the repeated emphasis by God:  “I am the Lord your God.”  When we read it, we should not only think that God has the sovereign right to make commands, we should remember the preceding Scripture:  “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” in Leviticus 19:2.  In other words, God does not just arbitrarily make commands because He is God and can do so, God makes commands, because He is holy and leads us into holiness by His commands.

You may be like me.  I don’t like it when I buy something from the grocery store and the cost of the purchase is a few cents more than the nearest dollar such as “$9.03” and I don’t have change.  I know that the cashier will swallow up ten dollars instead of just nine dollars and will give me back a pocket full of change.

But, my wife likes it, because I put the change in my drawer, and she can get my change anytime she wants it.  (As a side note, I am not so bad that she only gets the change, we have joint accounts, but you get the point.)

In a sense, when I put my change in the drawer for her, it is my way of obeying the command in verses 9 and 10:  “Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.  Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard;  you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger.  I am the Lord your God.”  There are other ways that we can leave gleanings for others, but this is one way to illustrate this command.

There was a realtor in Treasure Island, Florida who always paid me right on the spot when I delivered the product of my legal services to him.  I loved it and thought so highly of him.  He could have told me that he would mail a check to me, but instead, he always handed me a check on the spot when I delivered the product of my legal services to him.

In a sense, when he paid me right on the spot, it was his way of obeying the command in verse 13:  “The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning.”  I was an independent contractor who did not need to be paid on the spot, but I still loved it.  How much more important is it to pay the wages of a hired man on the spot who may not be able to eat or pay a utility bill until he receives the wages!

Robin Hood, who stole from the rich to give to the poor, is not our role model.  Society seems to love and honor the Robin Hoods, but we should not do likewise.  “You shall do no injustice in judgment;  you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.”  Verse 15.  We should be like the lady of justice who is blindfolded so that she will not see and be tempted to favor either the rich or the poor whom is closest to her.  We should be not even partial to the poor;  we should be impartial in our judgments.

These commands and so many others can be summarized by the summary command in verse 18:  “you shall love your neighbor as yourself;  I am the Lord.”

So, let us delight in God’s commands and obeying them, for:

“… He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.”  Psalm 23:3.

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