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We need all the help we can get to fully understand God’s Word. David Mainse shares his thoughts on Leviticus 19 and his experience in Israel.

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 19

Key Verse: Leviticus 19:2

Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.”

Seven of the Ten Commandments are emphasized here. Obviously, God knows that we need reminders. An old preacher was asked how he made sure his points were well made. He answered, “I tell them what I’m going to tell them, I tell them what I’m telling them, and then I tell them what I told them.” The truth is that we need all the help we can get to more fully understand God’s Word. God really hammers “tale-bearing,” or gossip, in today’s reading. But there is a good tale to bear as well. Verses 6-8 were health guidelines. There was no refrigeration. God’s Word has a multi-purpose application.


Lord God, I’m so thankful for the honor serving You. In my life, I’ve learned two things: 1) You love me and I love You; and 2) I am to love my neighbor as myself. Please help me to “love my neighbor as myself” by being better in tune with You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!


The law of “gleanings” involves the harvest of grains as well as fruit. In Israel today, this is still the law. My sons, Reynold, Ron and I took advantage of this in March of 1978 when we back-packed around Israel. There were no corner stores for many miles, but there were orchards of oranges, grapefruits, and something we never saw here at home, pomelos. They looked like grapefruit, only bigger and sweeter. Actually, these offerings hung over the fences. I’ve prayed fervently over the years that the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-23) would be hanging out there in my life, so that everyone I meet could, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).

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