I was reading in Leviticus today and came across some interesting commandments that were given to the Children of Israel. Now I personally thought these to be some pretty awesome commandments, and I picked some out that I want to show you.
‘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.Leviticus 19:9-10 NASB
‘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.Leviticus 19:13 NASB
You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall revere your God; I am the Lord .Leviticus 19:14 NASB
‘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.Leviticus 19:15 NASB
You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the Lord .Leviticus 19:16 NASB
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 19:18 NASB
So as you can see, these are some awesome commandments. And they are all about helping people and loving people. Imagine if we all just kept these couple commandments. We defininty would see an improvement in society. But a lot of Christians today, don’t even know about these commandments. And they don’t care for them. But we know that the Law is good, not only from what we just read, but also from the apostle Paul.
So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.Romans 7:12 NASB
So I encourage Christians to take a different stance on the Law of Moses. It is a standard and measure that we can judge ourselves by. And in fact this is the very standard that Christ fulfilled as our example. He was without sin. And if Christ followed the Law, should we also follow it as His disciples? I am going to leave you with this, if the sacrifice of Jesus allows you free reign to sin, why did Paul say that we shouldn’t? And how do we define sin, but by what is contrary to the Law?
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?Romans 6:1-2 NASB
What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.”Romans 7:7 NASB