Leviticus 25-27

Greetings!  This reading is Leviticus 25-27.

God commanded the people to give the land a sabbath every 7th year.  This was good for the land and also served as a reminder to the Israelites that God will provide. 

The Year of Jubilee was to be carried out every 50 years, though I am not sure if it ever happened.  Slaves were to be released, land was to be returned to its owners and debts were to be canceled.  God had a perfect model for how we should live together, but we want to do it our own way. 

In chapter 26, God reminds the Israelites of their conditional agreement: Things will go spectacularly well for them if they obey his commands but they will be punished if they do not. 

The commands of Leviticus may seem odd to us, but they do tell us a lot about God and his character.  We may not have to follow the ceremonial and civil laws, but we should always strive to obey his moral laws.  Sin has consequences.  Leviticus 24:15-16 Say to the Israelites: ‘If anyone curses his God, he will be held responsible; anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him. Whether an alien or native-born, when he blasphemes the Name, he must be put to death.

Reflect on what stood out to you in this reading and share your comments and questions if you like. 

Congratulations on completing the study of Leviticus!  You have accomplished something that many Christians never do.

Next up: We’ll cover Psalms 10-12 for a few days. 

Since Leviticus was about the law, I thought we would cover Galatians after that.  Galatians emphasizes the freedom and joy we have in Christ now that we have been delivered from the penalty for our sins.    

3 thoughts on “Leviticus 25-27”

  1. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Leviticus 26:1 –

    “Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.” (NIV)

    Unfortunately there are so many examples of false idols in our culture today (celebrities come to mind). This verse is a good reminder to me that we should not put a priority on what these false idols are doing and instead should spend that time with God.

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  2. Chapter 25:10

    “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof – Lev. XXV, v. x. By order of the Assembly of the Province of Pensylvania [sic] for the State House in Philada.”

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