1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.
Two things I see in these first two verses: first, the Lord wants to speak to us, I believe every day. He wants to be an integral part of our lives directing our every step. Second, God wants us to gather together publicly. This is what a convocation is, it is a public meeting, and an assembly. This word usually refers to an assembly for religious purposes.
Three times a year all male Israelites were required to appear before God: at the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread (generally regarded together as Passover), Pentecost (also called the Feast of Weeks), and Tabernacles.
‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the Lord your God. ’”
The Lord cares greatly for the poor and less fortunate. He provides a way for every person to have food and physical care. It is only man who interferes and make it difficult for the poor and needy. All the social programs in the world won’t resolve social problems, but if man would just turn to God things would be taken care of…guaranteed!
“Take outside the camp him who has cursed; then let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him.
As we read thigh these various consequences of sin we can think to ourselves, “Why was the Lord so harsh with the punishment?” While I may not fully understand the sentence of death for some of these things two thoughts come to mind: one, I thank God that we are no longer under the dispensation of the law, and two, if there were stiffer penalties for the various crimes committed in our world, penalties that were faithfully and quickly carried out…there would be a whole lot less crime.