8. a. Lessons from this passage about how to treat the poor—
The instructions that apply to their fellow Israelites also display a sentiment similar to Paul’s letters to the early church.
- Support the poor among you.
- Lend without charging interest.
- Let them live on your property.
- When you sell them food, sell it at your cost.
- Don’t force the poor to be slaves.
- You may hire them to work for you.
- You must not treat them harshly.
- You must release indentured servants in the Year of Jubilee.
9. a. God’s reason for His concern for the Israelites—
Leviticus 25:42 —The people of Israel are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt, so they must never be sold as slaves.
Leviticus 25:55 — For the people of Israel belong to me. They are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
b. Times God has taken care of me—
I’ve always said it was easy for me to have faith for provision, because I grew up seeing my parents trust God. If they worried, they never let it show.
However, my faith is being put to the test. It feels like we’ve been in a famine for at least five years. Not that we’ve resorted to eating donkey’s heads or doves’ dung. But with my husband’s health declining, and the real estate market still in a major slump, it feels like we are running out of time, energy, and options.
c. I should show compassion and generosity toward others who are in need.
The past few years have been tough ones for us. We sold two pieces of vintage furniture this week due to cash flow issues. It’s humbling, to say the least.
A friend of ours has been poor and ill for some time. It hurts me so much that I can’t help her like I did in the past.
Thankfully, God accepts collect calls.
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