This is the first installment of a two-part series, the second part can be found here: “Abortion, Lies & Damnation”.

The past several years I’ve been thinking a lot about poverty (and how we should respond to it). The Law of the Harvest (Lev. 19:9-10) has come up a number of times as a part of those thoughts/discussions. I’ve always seen it as a beautiful law that calls us to help those in need while keeping those we serve’s dignity intact. After hearing my friend Karl’s perspective on the topic I knew that I had to capture it here for us to discuss. What do you guys think? Is the Law of the Harvest a clear-cut law for us to follow or is there more to it than that? How does this apply in your own life?

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Karl Wheeler is a co-pastor at The Refuge in Denver, CO.


2 Responses to “The Law of the Harvest”

  1. jj says:

    Very thought provoking. Going on the presumption that scripture initially spoke to the culture at hand, it seems necessary to find the essence of what the “law” was really about. I think generosity is a good view. I also wonder/presume if the non-specifics were intentional—that we are not to dwell on precise measurement. It’s easier to follow the spirit of the law rather than the letter of law when there is no means of quantifying your faithfulness. Perhaps “am I doing enough?” should always be on our lips.
    This is sort of a poor illustration, but here goes:
    I have friends who I regularly share lunches/dinners with (at the office and socially). The “accounting” of who brought what and how much, or the tally of the dinner tab is really loose. If anything the waitress gets the benefit of everyone throwing in a little extra. If anyone’s short we all just throw in a little more. We know it’s not that important, that some days we’re the one who is short and it probably evens out in the end. This practice establishes a sense of community, sharing and generosity.
    I also have friends who when we go out tabulate the splitting of the check to the penny. It I ever need to borrow a buck to cover the tip, I know I better remember to pay them back because they will certainly remember. The same persons shy away from sharing any of the office luncheons because the don’t want to be obligated to anyone (or vice versa). It’s established a whole different kind of relationship, one with very clear boundaries.
    Translate that concept to my relationship with God. If I fixate on a precise accounting of my generosity to those in need, am I not establishing a kind of relationship where I am building those same kinds of boundaries with God. Certainly I am opening myself up to deserving that God might treat me in the same way. But if I harvest my metaphorical field with a generous spirit, how much more will I reap in the end. How much more will I allow my heart to feel and by led by the hand of God.

  2. dswarts says:

    interesting angle. what scripture is it?

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