- In our world, who do we consider to be "dependents?" Who do we look down upon when they become "dependent?" What is the difference?
- Leviticus is said to be written while Moses was on Mt. Sinai as the people were still in the wilderness, not long out of slavery. It would be another 38 years for these laws concerning land and neighborly caregiving to go into effect. In other words, these were not reactive laws, but proactive ones. That gives us comfort to know that restoration, forgiveness and neighbor care are hard wired into our God's design for his people. What rules concerning others were hardwired into you in your childhood? Which ones fit with God's design as spoken in Leviticus and which ones may have competed?
- Our text reminds us of the concept of redemption; of buying back someone's life from ruin. God has done this for us in Jesus Christ, and according to Leviticus, we are called to redeem other's lives from the physical challenges they face. Why? Because as Scripture says, "They are [God's] servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt." In the end, everything, including our possessions and even our neighbors, belong to God. How should that make us view our neighbors?
- How can we apply this text to our neighborhoods this week? Who are you being called to support and care for with something they can't do themselves? What might it look like for us to lead in the "redemption" of our neighborhoods?
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