Do Not Deceive One Another

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, June 28, 2011

 Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God.   – Leviticus 19:11-12

 There are a lot of “Do not’s” in this part of Leviticus. I have found that among the “Do not’s” found in the Law there are three categories. The first has to do with a person’s relationship with God, the second has to do with a person’s relationship with the earth and creation, and the third has to do with a person’s relationship with others. This chapter deals primarily with a person’s relationship with others.

It seems to me that all of the laws God gave Moses have to do with being in proper relationship with God, creation and others by giving each the respect they are due. If we have that understanding we can easily see how the command of Jesus to love God wholly and to love our neighbor as ourselves would fulfill all of the law and the prophets.

How are we to respect God, creation and others? We respect God by realizing him as the sovereign of the universe and accept his word as the law by which we live. We respect the earth by valuing its resources and the rest of creation by valuing its life. We respect others by valuing their right to be equal, their right to property ownership and their right to individuality.

We see those principles espoused in the three “Do not’s” of our Scripture verse. “Do not steal” refers to respecting the property  of others; “Do not lie” addresses the issue of integrity in dealing with others; “Do not deceive one another” deals with the issue of respecting others as equal and not trying to defraud them.

I encourage you to read the entire chapter 19 of Leviticus. You will find a good deal of instruction about how we are to conduct ourselves in relationship with others.

I have included in our text, “Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God” because I felt we should be made aware that God seems to be telling us that disrespecting one another is profaning his name. That’s pretty serious. 

 Prayer: Father, help me to have proper respect for others. Amen.

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