Leviticus 19

  1. This chapter mixes objective moral laws with specific covenant obligations given to Israel that are exclusive to them. Some obligations that transcend the covenant would be the prohibition to lying, dealing falsely with people, oppressing one’s neighbor, injustice in court, and such like. Other obligations that are covenant specific are the Sabbath, peace offerings, the harvesting of crops.
  2. Application: To make the world a better place to live I must start with myself. In this chapter, if the individual Israelite would start with himself in relation to God and his neighbor, what kind of environment would it have been to live within? There might be some community things that we want not to transgress, but there are certainly some godly things we absolutely do not want to transgress. If we transgress either, what do we seek to accomplish?

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