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Leviticus 24:1-9    " And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually. Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations. He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the LORD continually. And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD. And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD. Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant. And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire by a perpetual statute."

The Lampstand was solid gold and very beautiful. It was wrought into seven branches of almond boughs from one main stem. It was probably the most accurate picture of Christ in the whole tabernacle. It was Aaron’s job, as the High Priest, to keep the golden Lampstand burning. But it was the people who were to supply the oil. This was not an easy job, for either. Continual vigilance was required to keep the lamps burning. And supplying that much pure olive oil couldn’t have been an easy job. The lamps were only kept lit while the tabernacle was set up, not while they were walking through the desert. Jesus walks in the midst of the Lampstands today and He occasionally has to trim us. It is good that the people brought the oil for the lamps. People need to get involved in the service of the Lord and not just be spectators.

The bread was to be made of fine flour which means it was made of wheat. The frankincense was a natural gum. It was to be left on the table for a week. When it was changed on the Sabbath, Aaron and his sons were to eat the old bread in the Holy Place. The Lampstand and the bread both represent Christ.

    John 6:52 ”I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

    John 8:12 ”Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

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Leviticus 24:10-23    "And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp; And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:) And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him. And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin. And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death. And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death. And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast. And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him; Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again. And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death. Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God. And Moses spake to the children of Israel, that they should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses."

There was a mixed multitude that departed Egypt with Israel. This passage of scripture tells about the son of an Israelite woman who had married an Egyptian man. The son went outside the camp and fought with a man of Israel. During the fight, the son blasphemed the name of the Lord. He was brought to Moses and placed in jail until ”the mind of the Lord might be showed them.” The mixed multitude and the heathen nations around Israel were always a temptation and a snare to them. For example: when Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, sneaked off to see the daughters of the land. We should separate ourselves from the world. Oh, I know we can’t totally separated ourselves from all unbelievers. Everyone has family members and coworkers who are unsaved. But you do not have to marry or become best friends and spend most of your time with people who do not share your faith! While you may hope to lead them to Christ, it may backfire and they may be the bigger influence on you. This mixed multitude made its mark on Israel. Evidently this son had learned a few things from his father. God handed down a guilty verdict and the punishment was death by stoning. The name of God is sacred. Blasphemy is not taken lightly by God. Be careful how you use His name!



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CHAPTER 25

Leviticus 25:1-7    " And the LORD spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land. And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee, And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat."

So there is a Sabbath for the land as well as a Sabbath for man! God completed His work on the earth in six days and rested on the seventh, not because He was tired. God does not get tired. He rested because His creation was completed. Seven is the perfect number of completion. And now, likewise, He is instructing the Israelites to allow the land to rest on the seventh year. They would be allowed to eat what grew of its' own accord and evidently this would be sufficient to feed the Israelites along with all their servants, any strangers that journeyed with them and even their livestock. God was telling them that if they obey Him in this He would provide for them, even though they were not sowing seeds. This is hard to understand but God will provide our needs if we will just obey.

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Leviticus 25:8-14    "And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession. And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another:"

19-22     "And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety. And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase: Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years. And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store."
23 "The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me."
39 "And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant:
40 But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile:
41 And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.
42 For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen."
54 "And if he be not redeemed in these years, then he shall go out in the year of jubile, both he, and his children with him.
55 For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God."

Seven Sabbatical years equals forty-nine years in all. At the end of this period, in the fiftieth year, God ordained another Sabbath: The Year of Jubilee. This year was to be ushered in with the sound of the trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month in the Day of Atonement. When the trumpet was sounded, every man was to return to his original home and claim his original land and all slaves were able to return to their families. All mortgages were canceled. All debts were forgiven. Estranged families were reunited. Everything lost was regained. What a simple arrangement. If they said, “what shall we eat the seventh year,” God answered with, “I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.” There was no detail God had not taken care of. God cautions them that the land He had given them could not be sold forever. It was not theirs to sell. It belonged to Him. The conditions were a little different for the Levites, however. They had been given certain cities and these were nontransferable. No other tribe could buy these cities, they were set aside solely for the purpose of the dwelling of the tribe of Levi, so the laws of Jubilee differed slightly for that tribe.

In verses 39-55 God is giving instructions for taking care of our weaker brothers and sisters and people who have fallen on hard times. We have them all around us today but it is easier for us to just ignore them than it is for us to notice and to try and help them. There are people in our country (I’m in the US) who are living in cardboard boxes yet we send money to other countries and ignore those in our own cities. I’m sure those in other countries need our help but we need to start at home. And those of you in other countries need to do the same. Many of us could probably start in our own families and churches or neighborhoods and do a lot of good. We do not have a Year of Jubilee. We need to look out for our people when there is a cry for help. When your postman puts a plastic bag on your mailbox for canned goods, fill it full. When your grocer asks for donations for a family because their house burned down, buy something to donate. Donate your old clothes to Goodwill instead of throwing them out. Get involved. God is showing you the pattern you should follow right here in Leviticus.

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