God's Commands To Israel

God commanded His people Israel not to mistreat or oppress strangers, as the Israelites were strangers themselves in Egypt (Ex 22:21-22) and God saved and freed them from Egypt (Deut 15:15); not to afflict widows and the fatherless (Ex 22:22-23); lend to the poor without interests (Ex 22:25); to return the pledges made by the poor for their loans before the end of the day (Ex 22:26); not to claim all their natural blessings to themselves, but leave behind what they were unable to gather, so that the poor and strangers could have these leftovers (Lev 19:9); to store tithes in the form of crops in the town assigned to them by God so that the Levites, who have no property or inheritance, the ...

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release a male or female slave on his or her seventh year or servitude (Deut 15:12) and with gladness for serving you for six years (Deut 15:18); to send him or her away with adequate provisions for his or her welfare and according to the blessings given by God (Deut 15:13-14); if the slave refused to leave because he or she was content, to pierce his or her ear to the door as a sign of his or her perpetual slavery (Deut 15:17); to hold a festival seven weeks from the time of harvest and as a tribute or freewill offering, according to God's blessings (Deut 15:9-10); hold the feast before God and with their family, the poor, the widows, orphans and the needy in the place given by God for seven days (Deut 15:11-15).
God commanded the Israelites to be kind and generous to the poor, needy, the widows and fatherless (Ex 22:21) because they were without the protection and support they needed; and to be considerate and merciful towards the poor who pledged their few possessions in order ...

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An Israelite's male or female slave should be freed on his or her seventh year of servitude (Deut 15:12). The Israelite should not only willingly obey this command but also make sure that the slave would have sufficient provision for his or her separation, according to the blessings the Israelite received from God (Deut 15:13-14). The Israelite should also do so in the spirit of generosity and gladness. But if the male or female slave preferred to stay with his or her Israelite master, the latter should pierce the slave's ear as a sign that he or she would be the Israelite's slave forever (Deut 15:16-17).
Seven weeks after each harvest, God's people should hold a feast ...

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