I have been studying the Law of Moses recently, and I want to share a passage from Deuteronomy which I just fell in love with:
Deuteronomy 24King James Version (KJV)
19 When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.
20 When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
21 When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
22 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.
Verse 20 really clarified this for me – who decides which olives fall when the boughs are beaten except God? So the size of your portion – your harvest – is God’s to decide. This is how we are meant to be – taking what God gives us, and leaving some for others. This doesn’t seem to happen today, and this is the tragedy – how fulfilling life is when you have something to share. How safe is a society when you know you can glean the vineyard of your neighbour, and you will not go hungry.
If ony the supermarkets gave way what they could not sell. But our country is corrupt, and so many people are greedy and selfish. God’s Law is so loving.
Earlier in the same chapter it says:
10 When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.
11 Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.
12 And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:
13 In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the Lord thy God.
What does God think when a bank throws someone out of their home because they can’t pay their loan? You aren’t even supposed to keep a man’s clothes over night, so to make a man homeless? I cannot see how that can be right in God’s eyes. It’s so sad.
Reading the Law of Moses is really changing my view of so much of what is going on (and going wrong) in society today. The law shows us what sin is. Without it we have no compass – no guide.
God Bless you