Leviticus 19:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 19:2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
Physical Israel was to be pure from all sin, and Spiritual Israel is to be pure and free from all sin just as God is pure from all sin. We are to be zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God in BOTH letter and spirit; internalizing the very nature of God our Father in heaven and to become just like him!
We now come to a series of commandments concerning general conduct.
The very first commandment is to fear [respect] our parents.
The spiritual context, is that we are to fear [respect] God our Father in heaven and we are to be faithfully obedient to ALL that he teaches and requires; that we are to wholeheartedly work to please him at all times and that we are to respect and sanctify God’s Sabbaths! The plural usage for Sabbath, refers to both the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths.
Today the Ekklesia pays lip service to the Sabbath, calling it holy time; and then they routinely defile God’s time by buying, selling, cooking, working and otherwise defiling God’s HOLY TIME. In doing this they condemn themselves with their own mouths and worse, adding sin to sin; they condemn those who ARE zealous for God’s Holy Sabbaths.
By acknowledging God’s Holy Sabbath and then polluting it, and persecuting those who do sanctify the Sabbaths of God; they defy God their Father in heaven breaking the commandment to honor our father as well.
How can such men escape the righteous correction of God?
19:3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.
An idol is anything that separates us from God.
Today many brethren make idols out of worldly wealth, pleasures, corporate churches, men; and false traditions; loving their organization, elder, leader or traditions above any love for living by every Word of God: As for the elders, many love their positions and pay cheques and the adulation of the brethren above the truth of God.
We exalt all these things above the Word of God! We do not put God and his Word FIRST in our lives, but follow the words of men blindly as they lead us away from any zeal for the Word of God.
19:4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.
A reminder of the law concerning Peace Offerings
19:5 And if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will. 19:6 It shall be eaten the same day ye offer it, and on the morrow: and if ought remain until the third day, it shall be burnt in the fire. 19:7 And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted. 19:8 Therefore every one that eateth it shall bear his iniquity, because he hath profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
The law of gleaning and concern for the needy
19:9 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. 19:10 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.
It is sin to knowingly make a false statement. It is also a great sin to use and twist an out of context fragment of truth to deceive about the whole truth. Making a mistake is not lying if we correct the matter as soon as possible after discovering our error.
19:11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.
To swear falsely is to take the name of God in vain.
19:12 And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
We are not to steal either directly or by defrauding.
Do you begin to see that the Ten Commandments are a summation of these basic laws!?
19:13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.
We are to be positively concerned for the needy and the handicapped.
19:14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.
We are to be fair and just in all our ways; not being partial to persons because of riches or poverty.
In the spiritual sense this command is broken by all those who love the rich or demean the poor; and most especially by all those who exalt men and organizations as their idols; being respecters of persons.
We are to always test all things by the Word of God and to hold fast to God’s Word while rejecting anything that is contrary to the Word of God; regardless of what title anyone may claim for themselves or how much we respect the man; WE MUST RESPECT AND LOVE GOD MORE!
19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
We are not to spread unsubstantiated rumor which is gossip and tale bearing, nor are we to knowingly falsely accuse others.
19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD.
We are not to hate our neighbour by allowing him to continue in unrebuked sin! We are to warn our neighbour and we are to rebuke sin, so that perchance we might save our neighbour!
Many are backwards in thinking that love is to overlook false teachings and sins, and not to rebuke the error that is leading our brethren to their own destruction. Truly if we truly loved them, we would warn them and openly rebuke the sin in the hope that they might possibly be turned back to God and be saved.
19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer [allow him commit sin without giving a warning] sin upon him.
We are not to hate any person. Remember the words of John in 1, 2 and 3 John? The God of the so called Old Testament has not changed! He is a God of LOVE and has a deep concern for all humanity!
19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
We are not to mix seed or fibers in cloth, or to mix kinds of animals. The focus on this is PURITY.
The spiritual lesson is to keep ourselves PURE and unspotted by the false doctrines and prophecies of false religions. We are not to allow our white linen garments of righteousness to become blemished by the unrighteousness of error and sin, or by trying to mix truth and righteousness with the impurity and defilement of false ways.
This is a great sin that began with the Nicolaitane form of church governance, placing men between the brethren and God.
Today many groups have been deceived into believing false teachings and follow these false teachings and false prophecies rather than the Word of God.
Many will fall at this stumbling block of trying to mix truth with error, ending up with an abominable mixture of a little truth polluted and defiled by much error so that the leaven of error pollutes the whole doctrine.
19:19 Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.
In those days excessive debt that could not be paid off was dealt with by indentured servitude.
In other words the debtor signed a contract for himself or a member of his family to work off the debt and the contracted person became the bond servant of the creditor for the required period of time.
This law is about such a creditor taking advantage of someone under his direct authority and control. If he was male and his servant was a female and he took advantage of that situation abusing his power and control over the person, it was considered to be forcing the lady and an act of sin, and he was to make a sin offering for his sin.
The offering was to be a ram which was a very expensive price and in another place, he was required to marry the lass and forfeit the possibility of any future divorce, and also to pay an expensive price to her father for her; with the lady’s father having the right to refuse the marriage and still require the payment.
Deuteronomy 22:28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 22:29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.
As for the lady, we must understand that what was meant by scourging in Lev 19:20 was far different than the Roman scourging.
Christ suffered an exceptional scourging [punishment] by the Roman method, designed to punish and weaken him for his execution.
The Hebrew word “scourge” as used in Lev 19:20, would be better translated as “thoroughly investigated” the original Hebrew word “biqqoreth” expressing the idea of investigation.
H1244 biqqoreth bik·kō·reth meaning to thoroughly investigate: translated as scourged in reference to the Middle Ages practice of investigation by trial or afflicting. This is a cultural translation word issue.
Strong’s Number H1244 matches the Hebrew בּקִּ ֶֹ רת (biqqoreth ), which occurs 1 time in 1 verse in the Hebrew concordance of the KJV
This also has its spiritual application!
Leviticus 19:20 And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged [investigated]; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free. 19:21 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, even a ram for a trespass offering. 19:22 And the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the LORD for his sin which he hath done: and the sin which he hath done shall be forgiven him.
The fruit of the trees you plant cannot be harvested for the first three years; then that which is harvested in the fourth year belongs to God as the first fruits to rejoice before God with at the Festivals, and the fruit harvested in the fifth year is ours.
19:23 And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of. 19:24 But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the LORD withal. 19:25 And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the LORD your God.
Again we are not to eat any blood. We are not to use enchantments or spells, and we are not to observe times [astrology]. To our shame the observing of times and horoscopes which is forbidden as an abomination by God, is commonly practiced in the Ekklesia especially by ladies. This is a grave sin which will keep you out of the resurrection to spirit.
19:26 Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
19:27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
Sexual morality is very important to God; it is the backbone of a successful society; and the sanctity of marriage is meant to teach us that our marriage to Christ must be one of the utmost fidelity, forever.
19:29 Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.
All of the annual and weekly Sabbaths are to be kept faithfully, for they represent our faithfulness to our God. If we are not interested in pleasing and spending time with our Creator now, why would we do so for all eternity? Our zeal for the Sabbaths of God now, reveals to our Lord the extent of our zeal to be with him in eternity.
If we are not zealous for God’s Sabbaths now; we show God that we will not be zealous for him in eternity.
19:30 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.
Do NOT seek out occult persons and things, no NEVER; let us always depend on our God and not on the great liar who is the enemy of God! There are many in today’s Ekklesia who seek out the words of false prophets rather than sincerely seeking God’s Word. Such persons will fall into the correction that they fear, and as they follow the spiritually blind they will end up in the same pit as the wicked.
19:31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
We should have respect for the elderly and especially for the elderly in the faith.
19:32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.
Be hospitable to the stranger, without compromising with the Word of God.
19:33 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. 19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Be just and fair in all our doings; for justice is of God.
19:35 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. 19:36 Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.
When we commit to the spiritual New Covenant with God at baptism, we are committing to learn and to live by every Word of God; to internalize the very nature of God and to become at one in complete unity with and totally like our righteous Father in Heaven!
19:37 Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the LORD.