SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Central to Israelite culture was the family unit. Legacies were remembered through family lineage. If a widow married someone outside the family, her first husband’s line would come to an end. (Verses 5-10)
- To be an Israelite was to be a person of honor. An Israelite’s identity and existence hinged on honor. Though these verses might seem foreign to us today, at their core, these instructions help preserve honor among the Israelite people. (Verses 1-4; 11-19)
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- At the core of these opening verses is Godly responsibility. God wants us to be responsible and properly care for the people (see 1Timothy 5:8) and possessions (see Psalm 24:1) entrusted to us.
- Everything we do in life should be bringing honor and glory to God (see 1 Corinthians 10:31). This is to be at the forefront of our minds as we make decisions, conduct our work, and engage others.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Are you responsible with the people and possessions entrusted to you? How can you serve God and others better with the resources you own?
- How can you specifically treat someone with honor this week? How can you bring honor to someone who is down and out this week?