Just when you thought Leviticus was going to do you in with rituals and repetition, we get to stone someone! If I understand this correctly, a man cursed God while fighting with another man and as a result, he was imprisoned and stoned. Apparently the same fate awaits those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit (the unforgivable sin) that the New Testament talks about. It is interesting that Israel didn’t actually follow through with the death penalties listed in Leviticus 20-24 as we will see in some examples of in Numbers 35. There was usually a “ransom” offered in place of the death penalty. If you were unwilling to offer a ransom, well, here come the stones! Who is your ransom?
I can’t let this day pass by without mentioning that Leviticus 25 is the passage that helped Hillcrest give away $100,000 to Sioux Falls. My prayer is that the Jubilee changes not only those that receive from it but those that obeyed in doing it. It has and always will be true…it is better to give than to receive!
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.