Every 7 years, forgive all debts owed to Israelites. Give generously to the poor without taking advantage of them. Also don't profit from your firstborn animals - sacrifice them to God.
Feasts reviewed: Passover and unleavened bread, Weeks, and Tabernacles are the three feasts all the men need to attend (16:16), and they are meant for the whole family (16:11, 14). Do justice with judges in every town. Don't plant trees or set up pillars (signs of fertility) near the appointed worship space.
How this is about Jesus
- He speaks of having an evil or good eye, and 15:9 explains what that means: generosity and compassion.
- He said we will always have the poor with us, a nearly direct quote of 15:11. Many read this as a callous disregard of the poor on Jesus' part, but the context shows it is just the opposite.
- We can be very stingy in our giving to God and to the poor.
- Our giving to God should include our time in going to worship Him with His people regularly. Lest any argue that three times a year is often enough, see Leviticus 23:3 for the command to assemble WEEKLY.