Lectio – Leviticus 19:9-10


I am reading Leviticus at present and today two verses in chapter 19 stood out for me.

“When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. 10 It is the same with your grape crop—do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God.”

To me these verses speak of the hebrew principles of hesed and mishpat… loving kindness and justice.

There is a kindness and social justice here… don’t strip every piece of crop from the ground, or grape from the vine… leave some for the poor, leave some for foreigners those without right to land…  it’s a call to keep away from greed, from an ‘All we can get’ attitude…

and are echoed again in Micah 6:8…

O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.

So these are the questions I have of myself today…

Have you done what is right today?…

have you loved mercy?…

have you shown loving kindness?

Have you lived in hesed and mishpat?




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