Friday, October 16: Do not reap to the very edges

Read Leviticus 23:22

Read Leviticus 23:22

When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.


Leviticus is full of guidelines God laid down for his people to live by. Some of them make sense to us today, and some don't. Why do you think God made this particular rule? What might this look like in the lives of God's people today—both farmers and non-farmers? Can you see within it God's tender heart toward the vulnerable and his demand to be generous to his people?


How are you doing with this idea of not harvesting to the end of your land—metaphorically? Do you spend all God gives you on yourself, or do you make sure to have some left over "for the poor and the foreigner"? What might it look like for you to be obedient to this guideline in your life today?



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