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Deuteronomy 15





SCRIPTURE:  Deuteronomy 15

BY: Jeremy Witt

This chapter deals with the Sabbatic year, a foreign concept to us in the Western world.  The Sabbatic year occurs every 7 years which cancels out the debts of those how have borrowed and taken out loans.  The purpose of this is found in verses 4-5 so that there will not be any poor among you, since the LORD will surely bless you in the land.  Verse 6 goes so far as to state the nation will lend to other nations but not take out loans from anyone else.  Let’s remember God’s purpose for Israel was to be priests to the nations, to point them to the LORD God.  This speaks trusting God in everything, especially financially.  By not borrowing from neighbors, but trusting in God, Israel would be financially stable as well as generous to their neighbors so that they could impact their neighbors for God.  The key is verse 5, “if only you listen obediently to the voice of the LORD.” 

This Sabbatic year referred to the people of Israel not the foreigners.  Read verse 3 to see that interest was allowed to be charged to foreigners.  Leviticus 19:33-34 speaks to this as well.  The purpose of this concept was to help the Israelites to help their brothers in times of need.  The Sabbatic year was to keep the people from living in debt and keeping them shackled to the spiraling debt that we see today.  This is yet another example of God’s grace and provision. 

We see in the New Testament how people assumed the rich were blessed by God.  When Jesus spoke how difficult it was to enter into heaven and referred to it in Matthew 19:24 when He said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.”  People have assumed the rich are blessed and the poor are cursed for centuries.  Yet God does not see us as mankind sees each other.  We must remember this! 

Yet God makes a promise to those who generously lend to their brothers.  In verses 9-10 God cautions not be greedy towards your poor brother and offers a special blessing to the lender.  Things happen in this life that affects us financially.  An injury, a sickness, a business being forced to close, a bad choice by a boss, fellow worker, etc are many examples that could affect someone going into debt that had nothing to do with them.  So God made provision for the Jewish people to take care of each other. 

Verse 12 speaks of extreme circumstances where a Jew would have to go into service of another Jew, but in the Sabbatic year or 7th year, they would be set free, but not sent away empty-handed as verse 13 states.  This showed the people dignity, respect, and gratitude for working together.  It also reminded the people that they were once slaves and by helping each other, they would be reminded of their heritage and how they are blessed from God.  Again, taking care of each other is God’s purpose and design for the people.  In case someone does not wish to be set free, that person may choose (not forced to) to remain with the lender for life by piercing their ear.

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Deuteronomy 14




SCRIPTURE:  Deuteronomy 14

BY: Josh Boles

Reading through any Law in the Old Testament can be daunting sometimes. It is often hard to pull out any relevant information. If you search deep enough and are dedicated to studying Gods Word, there will always be application to our lives whether you are reading in Acts or Deuteronomy.

Today we are still right in the middle of Moses’ exhortation of the Law, and we still have quite a bit left. In the next few chapters Moses further explains Israel's worship and focuses on the kind of worshipers they, and we, should be. The reason is, because we are people of God. Because we are people of God, worship of any kind should be our biggest priority and greatest joy!

In the first section of chapter 14 Moses explains to his audience why we are to make worship a priority. He explains his in verse 1-2 by saying we are people to the Lord, a chosen people. Obviously Moses is speaking directly to the Israelites here, God’s chosen nation, but remember that through Christ we have been adopted into that family.

The Hebrew word for “holy” means to be set apart. For us, and the Israelites, this means there is a way of life that were are supposed to live that is different from any other way of life. Because there is a way to live, and God’s people are to be holy because He is holy, we are to demonstrate that holiness. This is what the rest of this entire section deals with in verses 3-21. There is no way we would have enough time to break down these individual verses but read this section with that frame of reference.

The goal for us is not to eat in the same way that they did, but to realize that our lives should look drastically different then the rest of the world. To think of this in our context we could examine the things that influence our lives. Thing of media and the entertainment world. Is our consumption of worldly things identical or drastically different from the rest of the world?

The take away for me in these verse is that worshiping God, or living the holy life is not a business transaction or contract. We don’t worship God in order to be blessed. We worship God because we are already blessed with His great love and salvation. Our purpose in worship is to please and to glorify Him. The bi-product to all of this is to be more like Christ. when we worship and spend time with God our Father we become more like Christ. Why? Because that is the very thing Jesus did while he was here. This is not always something that is tangible. Sometimes it is hard for us to see that growth, but let me assure you that other people will notice the way you live your life if you live according to God’s Word. Just take a look at Moses for example. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai in Exodus 34, he did not know that his face was shining. Even though it was not perfectly clear to Moses, it was abundantly clear to those around him.

So here is the point. Live like Jesus did! Even when you do not feel like it, or when it is hard, live according to His word and His promises! There is a world outside that is looking and watching us, so live for His glory!

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