Scripture: Leviticus 24-25. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The son of an Israelite woman blasphemed the name of God, and the Israelites did as the Lord commanded Moses – stoned him. God instructed the Israelites to sow their fields and prune their vineyards for six years, but on the seventh year, they were to rest and celebrate the sabbath year. The Year of Jubilee was to be celebrated every fifty years, and it was meant to celebrate canceling debts, freeing slaves, and returning all land that had been sold back to its original owners. Leviticus Chapter 25 puts great emphasis on assisting the poor and helpless. God viewed neglecting the poor and needy as a sin.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Even though this example of the man who was stoned for blaspheming the name of God seems extreme by modern standards, it shows how seriously God expects us to take our relationship with Him. Often, we use His name in swearing or act as if God does not exist. We need to be very careful with how we speak and act, always treating God with honor and respect. God is the only one who can judge, but we will have to answer to Him one day. The Bible emphasizes the importance of assisting the poor and helpless – orphans, widows, handicapped, etc. It makes God happy when we help those in need, treating others how God would want us to and showing His love to them. Always reach out to others with whatever help you can offer, including kindness and hospitality.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Please help us to be good examples for others, respecting and loving people just like You do. Help us to use the gifts that You have given to us to help others and serve You to our best abilities. Thank you for everything You do for each and every one of us. Help us to always show honor and respect to You and to be careful with our words and actions. Please work in our lives, and help us to share the love that You give to each of us to others. Please forgive us for the sins that we commit on a daily basis, for we are sinners. We are so thankful that You are such a loving and forgiving God, the definition of a true friend. We love You and thank You for everything. Please continue to guide us and protect us on our journeys in life. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.