March 18th, 2020

Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on

the text.

Read Leviticus 19: 11 – 18

There are not a lot of devotions written from the Book of Leviticus. The reason is

because the book is full of laws and special rules for the Israelites which often seem

anachronistic to us. However, the rules or laws set forth in these verses are still very

applicable and especially now in this time of crisis. These rules talk about being the best

person that we can be and during a time of crisis often people’s true character will come

out. My hope is that we will all be an example of how to act toward one another during

this time. I also am struck by the last command in verse eighteen. It calls on all of us to

love our neighbor as ourselves. Huh, kind of sounds like Jesus.


Please use the following questions for more reflection.

  • Out of the list of rules or laws in these verses is there one that caught your attention more than others? Which one was it and why? Do you think people struggle with these rules or guidelines more during a crisis; if so, why?

  • From the list of rules and laws which law do you struggle to keep? Why? Why do you think these rules needed to be written down?

  • Are you surprised that the command to love your neighbor is in the Old Testament? What does this command tell us about the nature of God?


Closing Prayer – You may use the prayer below to close the time in prayer or pray on you own.

Gracious Heavenly Father, I thank you that you are a God who likes order. You are a

God who gives us guidance, not to harm us or restrict us, but to help us. Lord in all areas

of our life show us how we might love our neighbor better.