Leviticus 24:10-23: Stoning the Rebel

A rebel in the camp,
And rage like dams then broken.
An unrepentant tramp,
His blasphemy is spoken.
Are we not all as he?
Our arrogance our glee,
We love iniquity,
Our faith a feeble token.

With death the punishment,
His witness and his stoning,
Since he would not repent,
He dies with none bemoaning.
Then death should fall on us,
For this is right and just,
The price of hate and lust,
Our goodness not atoning.

Then sinning has this price:
Both death and then damnation;
The law of life for life,
For man of any station.
Is there yet some release,
To cleanse our blasphemies?
Yes, Jesus our high-priest,
Has died for our salvation.

And taking Him outside,
My sin to Him equated,
And there He bled and died,
And justice vindicated.
And I, the rebel, cleansed,
Forgiveness from my sins,
Returning praise to Him,
For grace that He created.

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Leviticus 19:9-18: Love Your Neighbor

O brother, love your neighbor!
Leave margin for the poor to eat,
With gleanings left after you reap,
To give your work to those in need.

O brother, love your neighbor!
Protect your neighbor’s property,
Don’t steal from him deceptively,
Or swear to him in blasphemy.

O brother, love your neighbor!
Don’t hold your power over him,
With holding wages is still sin,
Don’t laugh at weakness, but defend.

O brother, love your neighbor!
By seeking justice ever fair,
And never by their wealth compare,
But justice equal bring to bear!

Leviticus 13:47-59, 14:33-57: Leprosy and Purity

Resurgent in its leprosy,
Though washed or put in quarantine,
Contaminating what is clean,
Ever spreading, ever breeding.

When sin – this plague – identified,
We ruthless must cast it aside,
Our hope, our Savior crucified,
Nature groaning, for sin crying.

With courage make the judgment call,
Distinguishing the sick from whole,
Beside God’s Word we stand or fall,
Truth defending, lies enwalling.

Rise up and stop subversive lies!
Expunge when leprosies arise,
And intervene when helpless cry,
Dominion taking, sin defying!

But helpless we can not remove,
Our putrid sin or else improve,
Our sanctity but by Your love,
You blood out-pouring, mercy proving.

No matter strength of our resolve,
We’re damned to this disease devolve,
A sinful cycle we revolve,
His death redeeming, His blood solving.

Oh! wonder at Your sovereignty,
Sin’s trial bringing purity,
And with temptation, strength to flee,
In His bleeding bondage freeing!