We are called to holiness and obedience in this passage. Wherever you are at in your day, I want to ask you to take a minute to take a deep breathe and just listen. I pray that the Lord in his graciousness and love would meet your heart where it is and embrace you with His love that only He can give. Praise King Jesus - Evan
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. At the end of this guide is a resource from www.esv.org to help with our study of Leviticus.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ WHAT is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?
SING + PRAY
Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER [ Leviticus 19:1-18 ] In Large group
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. 3 Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God. 4 Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God.
+ What is the meaning of holiness? [1-4]
5 “When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted. 6 It shall be eaten the same day you offer it or on the day after, and anything left over until the third day shall be burned up with fire. 7 If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is tainted; it will not be accepted, 8 and everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned what is holy to the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from his people.
+ Why do sacrifices have to be offered a certain way? [5-8]
9 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God. 11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. 12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 13 “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord. 15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. 17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
+ What does verse 11-18 remind you of? see exodus 20
+ What is the coherent theme throughout all of these verses?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)
STUDY GUIDE ( ESV STUDY BIBLE - WWW.ESV.ORG )
+ Lev. 19:1–37 The Lord strongly commands the people (including the priests) to become holy in their practice, as he is holy (v. 2). They do this by observing all the following negative and positive commandments.
+ Lev. 19:1–4 The term holy means “set apart, unique, and distinct.” Human holiness means imitating God, becoming and acting like him.
+ Lev. 19:9–10 Caring for one’s neighbor and helping provide for the poor and the sojournerdisplays holiness. On the other hand, harvesting right up to the edge of one’s land may suggest selfishness. (For an example of this law being obeyed, see Ruth 2.)
+ Lev. 19:11–18 Holiness requires that a person keep the Word of God, especially the Ten Commandments.
+ Lev. 19:17 To hate in one’s heart is prohibited. Instead one should reason frankly with his neighbor (compare Prov. 27:5–6). lest you incur sin because of him. This may mean that the person who refuses to reason with his neighbor, helping him see his sin, would share in the guilt of his sin. It might also mean that a failure to “reason frankly” will result in bitter feelings that will overflow into sinful action.
+ The word vengeance is used in Ps. 94:1 to describe one way in which the Lord brings about justice in the world. Individual Israelites were forbidden to seek personal vengeance (Lev. 19:18). However, it was the duty of the civil government to ensure just retribution against wrongdoers (Ex. 21:20).
+ Lev. 19:18 The instruction of v. 17 is heightened: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. This is a fundamental principle of God’s law.