Feb. 27. Additional Instructions from God

Lev. 24:1-25:55

The light that illuminated the tabernacle was produced by the golden lampstand. The oil that fueled the seven lamps was to be completely pure with no additives. God’s word today is the light that illuminates our way. It is to be kept pure with no additions.

Twelve cakes of unleavened bread representing the twelve tribes of Israel were placed upon the table of showbread each Sabbath and remained until the next Sabbath. Under the Christian dispensation, unleavened bread each first day of the week represents the body of Christ, who died for the sins of man.

There is much misuse of God’s name in the world today. Under the Law of Moses, such blasphemy was punished by stoning the guilty individual.

In order to protect lives and prevent bodily harm, murderers were executed. Those inflicting bodily injuries and maiming whether rich or poor were subjected to the same punishment as the offense they had dealt to others.

Soil conservation was practiced under the Law of Moses. Every seventh year was counted as a sabbath year and the land was to lay fallow. There was to be no harvest of any “volunteer” produce that grew on the land. However, one could go into the fields and eat whatever had grown. In order that there would be sufficient provisions during the sabbath year, the ground yielded a threefold harvest from God in the year preceding the sabbath year.

The land belongs to God. He only allows us to use it while we live. Land use by the Israelites was even more limited. They could buy and sell, but in order to limit vast long-time holdings, He placed restrictions on ownership.

Every fiftieth year was a Year of Jubilee. Land values were prorated according to the number of years remaining of the fifty. During the Year of Jubilee, land in the country outside city walls was returned to the original owner. Sales of houses within the city walls became permanent after a year. They did not return to the previous owner at the Jubilee.

God made provisions for those who became poor. Anyone lending to a poor person could not charge interest on the loan. A poor person could sell himself to another Israelite or to a stranger, but only as a hired servant. In the Year of Jubilee, he would be released from his owner. One, however, could purchase slaves from other nations and use them as property.