I find it interesting that in Leviticus 24 God commands a blasphemer to be stoned to death. The Israelites do so, and the next chapter focuses on celebrations. Are they celebrating the stoning? No, but it’s an interesting placement of chapters in the Bible!
“If you sell land to any of your own people or buy land from them, do not take advantage of each other.” – Leviticus 25:14
This is good, until you realize it only applies to the Year of Jubilee! Why not ALL the time?!?!
“Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws, and you will live safely in the land.” – Leviticus 25:18
Tell that to Job!!!
“If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.” – Leviticus 25:35
Again, good, if it only extended to ALL the time and not just during the Year of Jubilee!
“Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.” – Leviticus 25:44-46
God likes slaves.
Leviticus 25 is a long chapter, but it all follows the same trend of different rules on buying and selling stuff, including slaves. This chapter is another example of God supporting slavery.
Coming Soon: Leviticus – Chapter 26: Reward for Obedience