CEREMONIAL LAWS 1
‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God. ‘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. ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor. You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. ‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:9-18).
As we read yesterday, God continued to remind the children of Israel on the essence of Holiness, because He has separated them to Himself as His, they must be like Him, that is doing everything as He would do them. Today we continue looking at the same chapter where He is addressing the children of Israel as to their attitude towards their neighbors, whether poor or rich. They must leave a remnant of their crops when harvesting for the poor and strangers among them. This is the heartbeat of God. He takes care of everyone under the sun. He wants those who have to share with the “Have-Nots”. He trains us to be dependent on Him and to know that what we have come from Him Our God is the Provider, always called, “Jehovah Jireh”. He also commanded them and us not to steal, lie or deal falsely with our neighbors. Holiness demands truthfulness in all our endeavors. We must fear God by honoring one another, not lying to them or robbing our hired laborers of their wages. Fearing God means we have the love of everyone at heart. When we love we will not hurt our neighbors or curse the deaf or treat anyone unfairly. The society of today is really a breeding ground for this injustice, everybody is looking out for what will profit them. They do not fear God and do not care about anyone except themselves. This is why we have many fake pastors, fake churches, fake evangelists, and fake ministers, and many innocent people have fallen victim of their scam, because of their money-mongering habits. Many people have a hidden agenda and they go about telling unfounded stories to scare people. All that we do today is totally against God’s nature, and Satan is having a field day from these behaviors. Hatred or bitterness is very rampant among family members or coworkers, and the result is the destruction that we witness every day.
Brothers and sisters, let us fear God and obey His commandments, for everything we do under the sun will receive His judgment. Though people around us might be evil and are totally disobedient to God, please let us remember that everyone will stand before this Holy God on the day of judgment and will be judged according to what we did in the flesh whether it was good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) . But we can pray to God for God’s touch on the evil people. He is the only One that can change their hearts and bring all the glory to Himself. I pray that you that have given your life to Christ will FEAR God and keep yourself Holy until our Lord Jesus Christ returns for His own. God bless you all.