To take advantage OR To serve


February 15, 2020: SOAP #3726:   Leviticus 25; Psalm 25-26; Acts 22

Scripture:  Leviticus (NIV) 25:17 Do not take advantage of each other but fear your God. I am the LORD your God.

Observation:  Thecontext of this verse has to do with buying and selling their land.  The land belonged to God and he gave it tothem to use.  They could sell the use ofthe land only until the year of Jubilee (every 50 years) when all land wouldreturn to the original owners.  The priceof the land should be determined by the number of years remaining until theyear of Jubilee. 

This verse is a universal principle here applied to their land deals.  But it also applies to how they are to treateach other"at all times and in all deals.

Application:  I must remember that the people around me aremade in the image of God.  How I treatthem is important to Him, so it is important to me.  God so loved the people around me that Hesent His only begotten Son to die for them; they are very important to Him;they must be very important to me.   

If I fear God, I know that I am not here to take advantage of others, but to servethem.   I am God's servant, so I am theirservant!  My priority is not gettingother people to serve me but finding ways to serve them.

Prayer:   HolySpirit, as I love and serve my Heavenly Father, show me how to love and servethose He loves.  May my service to othersbring joy to His heart today.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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