Welcome to Reading the Bible in a Year – Day 36.
Today were reading from Leviticus Leviticus Chapters 24 and 25.
Leviticus Chapter 24
Leviticus 24:1Â The LORD told Moses
Leviticus 24:2Â to say to the community of Israel: You must supply the purest olive oil for the lamps in the sacred tent, so they will keep burning.
Leviticus 24:3Â Aaron will set up the gold lampstand in the holy place of the sacred tent. Then he will light the seven lamps that must be kept burning there in my presence, every night from now on. This law will never change.
Leviticus 24:4Â (SEE 24:3)
Leviticus 24:5Â Use your finest flour to bake twelve loaves of bread about four pounds each,
Leviticus 24:6Â then take them into the sacred tent and lay them on the gold table in two rows of six loaves.
Leviticus 24:7Â Alongside each row put some pure incense that will be sent up by fire in place of the bread as an offering to me.
Leviticus 24:8Â Aaron must lay fresh loaves on the table each Sabbath, and priests in all generations must continue this practice as part of Israel’s agreement with me.
Leviticus 24:9Â This bread will always belong to Aaron and his family; it is very holy because it was offered to me, and it must be eaten in a holy place.
Leviticus 24:10Â Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri from the tribe of Dan, had married an Egyptian, and they had a son. One day their son got into a fight with an Israelite man in camp and cursed the name of the LORD. So the young man was dragged off to Moses,
Leviticus 24:11Â (SEE 24:10)
Leviticus 24:12Â who had him guarded while everyone waited for the LORD to tell them what to do.
Leviticus 24:13Â Finally, the LORD said to Moses:
Leviticus 24:14Â This man has cursed me! Take him outside the camp and have the witnesses lay their hands on his head. Then command the whole community of Israel to stone him to death.
Leviticus 24:15Â And warn the others that everyone else who curses me will die in the same way, whether they are Israelites by birth or foreigners living among you.
Leviticus 24:16Â (SEE 24:15)
Leviticus 24:17Â Death is also the penalty for murder,
Leviticus 24:18Â but the killing of an animal that belongs to someone else requires only that the animal be replaced.
Leviticus 24:19Â Personal injuries to others must be dealt with in keeping with the crime–
Leviticus 24:20Â a broken bone for a broken bone, an eye for an eye, or a tooth for a tooth.
Leviticus 24:21Â It’s possible to pay the owner for an animal that has been killed, but death is the penalty for murder.
Leviticus 24:22Â I am the LORD your God, and I demand equal justice both for you Israelites and for those foreigners who live among you.
Leviticus 24:23Â When Moses finished speaking, the people did what the LORD had told Moses, and they stoned to death the man who had cursed the LORD.
Leviticus Chapter 25
Leviticus 25:1Â When Moses was on Mount Sinai, the LORD told him
Leviticus 25:2Â to say to the community of Israel: After you enter the land that I am giving you, it must be allowed to rest one year out of every seven.
Leviticus 25:3Â You may raise grain and grapes for six years,
Leviticus 25:4Â but the seventh year you must let your fields and vineyards rest in honor of me, your LORD.
Leviticus 25:5Â This is to be a time of complete rest for your fields and vineyards, so don’t harvest anything they produce.
Leviticus 25:6Â However, you and your slaves and your hired workers, as well as any domestic or wild animals, may eat whatever grows on its own.
Leviticus 25:7Â (SEE 25:6)
Leviticus 25:8Â Once every forty-nine years
Leviticus 25:9Â on the tenth day of the seventh month, which is also the Great Day of Forgiveness, trumpets are to be blown everywhere in the land.
Leviticus 25:10Â This fiftieth year is sacred–it is a time of freedom and of celebration when everyone will receive back their original property, and slaves will return home to their families.
Leviticus 25:11Â This is a year of complete celebration, so don’t plant any seed or harvest what your fields or vineyards produce.
Leviticus 25:12Â In this time of sacred celebration you may eat only what grows on its own.
Leviticus 25:13Â During this year, all property must go back to its original owner.
Leviticus 25:14Â So when you buy or sell farmland, the price is to be determined by the number of crops it can produce before the next Year of Celebration. Don’t try to cheat.
Leviticus 25:15Â (SEE 25:14)
Leviticus 25:16Â If it is a long time before the next Year of Celebration, the price will be higher, because what is really being sold are the crops that the land can produce.
Leviticus 25:17Â I am the LORD your God, so obey me and don’t cheat anyone.
Leviticus 25:18Â If you obey my laws and teachings, you will live safely in the land and enjoy its abundant crops.
Leviticus 25:19Â (SEE 25:18)
Leviticus 25:20Â Don’t ever worry about what you will eat during the seventh year when you are forbidden to plant or harvest.
Leviticus 25:21Â I will see to it that you harvest enough in the sixth year to last for three years.
Leviticus 25:22Â In the eighth year you will live on what you harvested in the sixth year, but in the ninth year you will eat what you plant and harvest in the eighth year.
Leviticus 25:23Â No land may be permanently bought or sold. It all belongs to me–it isn’t your land, and you only live there for a little while.
Leviticus 25:24Â When property is being sold, the original owner must be given the first chance to buy it.
Leviticus 25:25Â If any of you Israelites become so poor that you are forced to sell your property, your closest relative must buy it back,
Leviticus 25:26Â if that relative has the money. Later, if you can afford to buy it,
Leviticus 25:27Â you must pay enough to make up for what the present owner will lose on it before the next Year of Celebration, when the property would become yours again.
Leviticus 25:28Â But if you don’t have the money to pay the present owner a fair price, you will have to wait until the Year of Celebration, when the property will once again become yours.
Leviticus 25:29Â If you sell a house in a walled city, you have only one year in which to buy it back.
Leviticus 25:30Â If you don’t buy it back before that year is up, it becomes the permanent property of the one who bought it, and it will not be returned to you in the Year of Celebration.
Leviticus 25:31Â But a house out in a village may be bought back at any time just like a field. And it must be returned to its original owner in the Year of Celebration.
Leviticus 25:32Â If any Levites own houses inside a walled city, they will always have the right to buy them back.
Leviticus 25:33Â And any houses that they do not buy back will be returned to them in the Year of Celebration, because these homes are their permanent property among the people of Israel.
Leviticus 25:34Â No pastureland owned by the Levi tribe can ever be sold; it is their permanent possession.
Leviticus 25:35Â If any of your people become poor and unable to support themselves, you must help them, just as you are supposed to help foreigners who live among you.
Leviticus 25:36Â Don’t take advantage of them by charging any kind of interest or selling them food for profit. Instead, honor me by letting them stay where they now live.
Leviticus 25:37Â (SEE 25:36)
Leviticus 25:38Â Remember–I am the LORD your God! I rescued you from Egypt and gave you the land of Canaan, so that I would be your God.
Leviticus 25:39Â Suppose some of your people become so poor that they have to sell themselves and become your slaves.
Leviticus 25:40Â Then you must treat them as servants, rather than as slaves. And in the Year of Celebration they are to be set free,
Leviticus 25:41Â so they and their children may return home to their families and property.
Leviticus 25:42Â I brought them out of Egypt to be my servants, not to be sold as slaves.
Leviticus 25:43Â So obey me, and don’t be cruel to the poor.
Leviticus 25:44Â If you want slaves, buy them from other nations
Leviticus 25:45Â or from the foreigners who live in your own country, and make them your property.
Leviticus 25:46Â You can own them, and even leave them to your children when you die, but do not make slaves of your own people or be cruel to them.
Leviticus 25:47Â Even if some of you Israelites become so much in debt that you must sell yourselves to foreigners in your country,
Leviticus 25:48Â you still have the right to be set free by a relative, such as a brother
Leviticus 25:49Â or uncle or cousin, or some other family member. In fact, if you ever get enough money, you may buy your own freedom
Leviticus 25:50Â by paying your owner for the number of years you would still be a slave before the next Year of Celebration.
Leviticus 25:51Â The longer the time until then, the more you will have to pay.
Leviticus 25:52Â (SEE 25:51)
Leviticus 25:53Â And even while you are the slaves of foreigners in your own country, your people must make sure that you are not mistreated.
Leviticus 25:54Â If you cannot gain your freedom in any of these ways, both you and your children will still be set free in the Year of Celebration.
Leviticus 25:55Â People of Israel, I am the LORD your God, and I brought you out of Egypt to be my own servants.