Dave Burnette's Commentary

Deuteronomy Chapter 15

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses 
Date Penned: (1407 BC)
Overview: To Remind and Rededicate Israel to the Lord (c 1-34)
Theme: Principles for Godly Living (c 5-28)
Message: Lending Money (v 1-23)

Deuteronomy 15 Commentary

(15:7-11) The Poor and Needy - God told the Israelites to help the poor among them when they arrived in the Promised Land. This was an important part of possessing the land. Today, many people conclude that people are poor through some fault of their own. This kind of reasoning makes it easier to close their hearts and hands to those in need. But we should not invent reasons for ignoring the poor. We should respond to their needs no matter who or what was responsible for their condition. Who are the poor in your community? How could your church help them? If your church does not have a program to identify the poor and assist in fulfilling their needs, why not help start one? What can you do personally to help someone in need?

(15:12-15) Showing Worth - The Israelites were told to release their slaves after six years and send them away with enough food so that they would be amply supplied until their needs could be met by some other means. This humanitarian act recognized that God created each person with dignity and worth. It also reminded the Israelites that they, too, had once been slaves (in Egypt), and that their present freedom was a gift from God. We do not have servants such as these today, but God's instructions apply to anyone who manages or cares for anyone else: We must be sure to treat those under our stewardship with respect and fairness



Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Deuteronomy with Chapter 15 and we see principles on Lending money, slaves, and first born animals. We see the Lord's View on holding others in bondage and who ultimately owns everything - the Lord. Israel was to release debts and free slaves after a period of time as to not keep in others in bondage. Plus he reminds us to not forget the Lord in the proper use of the first born animals as belonging to the Lord. In making application we see how the Lord is the ultimate authority in all we own. We are simply stewards of what he allows us to manage. It reminds me of doing work for a customer who ran up a large debt. After a period of time without realizing I had started to get bitter at my customer. Every time we drove through that neighborhood I would get angrier for lack of payment. After a period of time I decided to forgive her of the debt. When I did the bitterness I had toward her melted away. I had held her in bondage in my heart. What I realized is that it all belonged to the Lord anyway. I was just managing His resources. I now try to keep this principle of the Bible in my heart with all I have and do, It is God that owns my house, car, and bank account along with the strength to labor. The Lord has blessed me more than I could ever thank Him for so holding others in bondage for what they do hurts me more because it causes bitterness. How about you? Do you hold others in bondage for what the owe you? Do you realize that everything belongs to the Lord? Let us learn from today's text realizing that the Lord owns it all and we are just managing His Possessions.


Deuteronomy 15

Deuteronomy 15

 1At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.

 2And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD's release.

 3Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;

 4Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it:

 5Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.

 6For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.

 7If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:

 8But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.

 9Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.

 10Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

 11For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

 12And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.

 13And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:

 14Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.

 15And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.

 16And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;

 17Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.

 18It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from thee; for he hath been worth a double hired servant to thee, in serving thee six years: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.

 19All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.

 20Thou shalt eat it before the LORD thy God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, thou and thy household.

 21And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God.

 22Thou shalt eat it within thy gates: the unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart.

 23Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water.