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Leviticus 24:17-23 Tit For Tat

Equal justice and retribution. Nothing more and nothing less.

God has just finished giving His judgement regarding blaspheme and now he goes onto deal with the fighting itself. He pronounces justice be balanced.

I had a martial arts teacher when I was a teenager that had a philosophy about retribution for injuries. He was NOT the kind of man who believed in simply stopping an attacker’s effectiveness. He said “If someone hits me, I will hit them back harder. If they make me bleed I will break one of their bones. If they break one of my bones I will end their life.” This is NOT what God calls for! Read more »

Leviticus 24:10-16

Words and attitudes have consequences. Poison in the camp.

I don’t have a “cute” title for our reading today. A man forfeited his life because of the words he said. God had limits to “freedom of speech.”

The story we read today was to stand as an example for the whole people forever. We are not told the name of the “Israelite woman’s son” in our story. What we do know is that his father was Egyptian and his mother “was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan” (verse 11b).

I don’t know if this “son” felt he was one of the Israelites. Was he treated differently by the others in the camp because he wasn’t of pure blood? Was his birth a consequence of slave/master submission? Was he raised to respect God? Was he taught alongside the rest of the children in the camp? Did his life growing up lead to his attitude as a man? Did he harbor resentment for how God dealt with his father’s people? Read more »

Leviticus 24:5-9 Show Bread

A weekly supply of bread from the portion of the Lord for those who served in His house.

God gives instructions for the bread that is to be placed in the tabernacle on the table. He requires one loaf for each tribe and each loaf is made up of the exact same things.

When I first started reading this passage today I was intrigued by the frankincense. I’m certain it is a beautiful smelling aroma but why pour it over the bread. I started thinking about it and googled my question. I wanted to know if frankincense is a food preservative. I didn’t get a definitive answer on that aspect of it but was informed that it can be used for everything from minor cuts to “leprosy.” I doubt it really cured leprosy but it did have amazing health benefits. Read more »

Leviticus 24:1-4 The Lamps

Keep your light burning before the Lord regularly.

God addresses the light for His Tabernacle. A light that was kept burning regularly; EVERY night.

When I started the reading for today I noticed that this is the last of Hanukkah. I commented on the timing of the festivals, especially Rosh Hashanah and our western calendar. Now God addresses the lampstand which is central to the celebration ending tonight. Because I’m not intimately familiar with the Jewish calendar I don’t know if they lit their last lamp last night at evening or did so this evening. Either way, I like the timing and the reminder that I’m not the only one thinking about this item of God’s house right now.

I was always under the impression that the lampstand in the Tabernacle burned 24/7. I know there is no way for the light to penetrate the side walls or roof of the tent. It is FOUR layers thick. But the door to the tent is made of linen which is embroidered. I don’t know if it was rolled up or pulled to one side during the day or not but light should be able to penetrate it. So the outer sanctuary had natural light during daylight hours. But it was pitch dark at night without the lamp. Read more »

Leviticus 23:33-44 Festival 7

A temporary home away from home.

The final feast the Lord commanded was the Feast of Booths. This feast lasted for seven days with a final closing feast on the eighth day.

Of all the feasts this one, to me, sounds the most complicated. There is only one other feast that lasts as long as this one and it is the Feast of Unleavened Bread. On that occasion the thing most affected is the diet in the home and the cleaning of the home of all things leavened. This feast requires a complete shift in the family’s daily life. It also required much more elaborate preparations.

During the Feast of Booths the people were to live in “booths” or temporary dwellings. This was to be done as a reminder of how the people lived the first 40 years after leaving Egypt. Read more »