Weekly Torah Readings:Shemini Atzeret (From the One New Man Bible)

Deuteronomy 14:22 – 16:

Tithe

14:22. “You will truly tithe all the increase of your seed that the field brings forth year by year. 23. And you will eat before the LORD* your God, in the place which He will choose to place His name, there, the tithe of your grain, of your wine, of your oil, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks, so you can learn to revere the LORD* your God always. 24. And if the distance is too far for you, so that you are not able to carry it, or if the place which the LORD* your God will choose to set His name there is too far from you, when the LORD* your God has blessed you, 25. then you will turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and will go to the place which the LORD* your God will choose, 26. and you will give that money for whatever your body wants, for oxen, for sheep, for wine, for strong drink, or for whatever your inner being asks of you, and you will eat there before the LORD* your God and you will rejoice, you, your household, 27. and the Levite that is within your gates. You will not forsake him, for he has no part or inheritance with you.

14:28. “At the end of three years you will bring forth all the tithe of your increase the same year and will lay it up within your gates, 29. and the Levite (because he has no part or inheritance with you), the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your gates will come, and. will eat and be satisfied, so the LORD* your God will bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.”

Release, Every Seventh Year

15.1. “At the end of seven years you will make a release. 2. And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor who lends to his neighbor will release it. He will not ask for it of his neighbor, or of his brother because a release has been proclaimed to the LORD*. 3. You may demand it from a foreigner but your hand will release that which is yours with your brother, 4. but there will be no poor among you, for the LORD* will greatly bless you in the land which the LORD* your God gives you for an inheritance to possess it: 5. only if you carefully listen to the voice of the LORD* your God, to guard to do all these commandments which I command you this day. 6. For the LORD* your God blesses you, as He promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow, and you will reign over many nations, but they will not reign over you.

15:7. “If there is a poor man with you of one of your brothers within any of your gates in your land which the LORD* your God gives you, you will not harden your heart or shut your hand from your poor brother, 8. but you will open your hand wide to him and will surely lend him sufficient for his need, for that which he lacks. (1 John 3:17) 9. Beware that there is not a wicked thought in your heart saying, “The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand” and your eye is evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing and he cries to the LORD* against you then it is a sin for you. 10. You will surely give to him and your heart will not be grieved when you give to him. Because of this, the LORD* your God will bless you in all your works and in all that you put your hand to. 11. For the poor will never cease out of the land. (Matt. 26:11, John 12:8) Therefore I command you saying, “You will open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor, and to your needy in your land.”

Bond Servant Release

15:12. “And if your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you, he will serve you six years and in the seventh year you will let him go free from you. 13. And when you send him out free from you, you will not let him go away empty. 14. You will furnish him liberally from your flock, from your threshing floor, and from your wine press. You will give to him from that with which the LORD* your God has blessed you. 15. And you will remember that you were a bondman in the land of Egypt and the LORD* your God redeemed you. Therefore I command you this today. 16. And it will be, if he says to you, I shall not go away from you, because he loves you and your house, because he is well with you, 17. then you will take an awl and thrust it through his ear to the door and he will be your servant forever. And you will also do likewise for your maidservant. 18. It will not seem hard to you when you send him away free from you, for to the double of the hire of a hireling has he served you six years, and the LORD* your God will bless you in all that you do.”

Firstborn of Herd and Flock

15:19. “All the firstling males that come from your herd and your flock you will sanctify to the LORD* your God. You will do no work with the firstling of your ox or shear the firstling of your sheep. 20. You will eat it before the LORD* your God year by year in the place which the LORD* will choose, you and your household. 21. And if there is any blemish in it, as if it is lame, blind, or has any ill blemish, you will not sacrifice it to the LORD* your God. 22. You will eat it within your gates, the unclean and the clean will eat it alike, like the roebuck and the deer. 23. Only you will not eat its blood. You will pour it on the ground like water.”

Passover

16.1. “Observe the month of Aviv and keep the Passover to the LORD* your God, for in the month of Aviv the LORD* your God brought you out of Egypt by night. 2. Therefore you will sacrifice the Passover to the LORD* your God, from the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD* will choose to place His name there. 3. You will eat no leavened bread with it.”

Feast of Unleavened Bread

“You will eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, for seven days, for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste, so you will remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. 4. And there will be no leavened bread seen with you in your entire border seven days. Neither will anything of the meat, which you sacrificed the first day at evening, remain all night until the morning. 5. You may not sacrifice the Passover offering within any of your gates, which the LORD* your God gives you, 6. but at the place which the LORD* your God will choose to place His name. There you will sacrifice the Passover offering at evening, at the going down of the sun, at the season that you came out of Egypt. 7. And you will roast and eat it in the place which the LORD* your God will choose, and you will turn in the morning and go to your tents. 8. Six days you will eat unleavened bread and on the seventh day will be a solemn assembly to the LORD* your God, you will do no work on it.”

Feast of Weeks

16:9. “You will number seven weeks for yourselves: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as you begin to put the sickle to the grain. 10. And you will keep the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot, to the LORD* your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you will give to the LORD* your God, according as the LORD* your God has blessed you. 11. And you will rejoice before the LORD* your God, you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, the Levite that is within your gates, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow that are in your midst, in the place which the LORD* your God has chosen to place His name there. 12. And you will remember that you were a bondman in Egypt, and you will observe and do these statutes.”

Feast of Booths

16:13. “You will observe the Feast of Booths, Sukkot, seven days, after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and from your wine press. 14. And you will rejoice in your feast, you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your gates. 15. You will keep a solemn feast to the LORD* your God for seven days in the place which the LORD* will choose, because the LORD* your God will bless you in all your increase and in all the works of your hands, therefore you will surely rejoice.”

Three Feasts Mandatory Each Year

16:16. “Three times in a year all your males will appear before the LORD* your God in the place which He will choose during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, in the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Sukkot. And they will not appear before the LORD* empty: 17. each man will give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD* your God which He has given you.”

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