I. Leviticus gives a picture of what society ought to look like.
A. Leviticus 25:8-13 describes the Year of Jubilee.
B. How does Israel accomplish the Year of Jubilee?
II. Leviticus 18-20
A. Hebrew Literary Structure
1. The climax and/or thesis comes in the middle, not the end.
B. Ch.18-20 serve as the introduction to the "Holiness Code."
C. Holiness is all about how God's people interact with the world.
D. Chapter 19 is central chapter in the intro - the main point.
E. In the original Hebrew, "Love your Neighbor as yourself" is at the
middle of Ch. 19.
III. How Israel accomplishes the Year of Jubilee
A. Not by being more moral than everyone else, not by being superior to
everyone else but, loving your neighbor as yourself.
C. Love your neighbor as yourself summarizes the law.
A. As a culture, we've lost this.
B. Our culture doesn't teach us to love our neighbor.
C. We've lost the ability to actually converse with those we disagree with.
D. Politics teaches to care more about "society" or "culture" instead of
E. In contrast, the Biblical principle of Jubilee is achieved by people
"loving their neighbors as themselves."
V. Jesus' summary of the law
A. In Luke, Jesus reframes it within The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
B. In Matthew, Jesus is just as explicit, (Ch. 5:43-44).
D. The only way forward for Christians is to love others as ourselves.