3 March 2019
Over thirty members of the congregation have divided up into reading groups to participate in the Community Bible Experience. Over an eight week period before Easter, we are reading the first part of the Old Testament – Genesis to Kings!
At the moment, we are working our way through Leviticus. I must confess it is not the easiest of reads with its detailed regulations about sacrifices, skin diseases and the dismantling of the tabernacle!
The most alarming sections deal with the appropriate punishments which should be meted out for particular offences. They include death and expulsion from the community. It doesn’t portray the warm, inclusive, merciful communities to which we belong.
But as well as these severely punitive passages, there are some tender moments. ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest….Leave them for the poor and the foreigner.’