Books & Chapters
Deuteronomy 15 - NIV
The Year for Canceling Debts
The Year for Canceling Debts
1 At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts.
2 This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed.
3 You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you.
4 However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you,
5 if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today.
6 For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.
7 If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.
8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.
9 Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin.
10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
12 If any of your people—Hebrew men or women—sell themselves to you and serve you six years, in the seventh year you must let them go free.
13 And when you release them, do not send them away empty-handed.
14 Supply them liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress. Give to them as the Lord your God has blessed you.
15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you. That is why I give you this command today.
16 But if your servant says to you, “I do not want to leave you,” because he loves you and your family and is well off with you,
17 then take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your female servant.
18 Do not consider it a hardship to set your servant free, because their service to you these six years has been worth twice as much as that of a hired hand. And the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.
The Firstborn Animals
The Firstborn Animals
19 Set apart for the Lord your God every firstborn male of your herds and flocks. Do not put the firstborn of your cows to work, and do not shear the firstborn of your sheep.
20 Each year you and your family are to eat them in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose.
21 If an animal has a defect, is lame or blind, or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the Lord your God.
22 You are to eat it in your own towns. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it, as if it were gazelle or deer.
23 But you must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.
Sermons on Deuteronomy 15
Contributed by Craig Condon on May 31, 2015
We need to redirect our culture away from ourselves to the needs of others and the glory of God. Culture must not be used merely for self-interest.
The readings we heard from Deuteronomy 15:1-11 and Acts 4:32-37 this evening talk about how the Christian community is supposed to act. The events in the reading from Acts take place immediately after the coming of the Holy Spirit. The people had an uncommon experience of the life and death of ...read more
Contributed by Ed Sasnett on Mar 5, 2015
Series: Resolutions Worth Keeping Title: Resolution—Generosity Text: Deuteronomy 15:1-11 Truth: Give willingly. Aim: To produce a spirit of generosity. INTRODUCTION Jeff Anderson said it was a plastic donut that changed him forever. He had been taught as a child to budget, save, ...read more
Contributed by Mark Opperman on Nov 18, 2014
A discussion about what we can do to become people of generosity like our Father in heaven.
Open Hearts, Open Hands Deuteronomy 15:1-15 1 At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. 2 This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel the loan he has made to his fellow Israelite. He shall not require payment from his fellow Israelite or brother, because the LORD's ...read more
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 20, 2013
How can avoid being in debt? And is it all up to me, or is God involved in helping me accomplish that? And what is the significance of the debts all being forgiven at the Feast of Tabernacles?
OPEN: Little Tommy told his mother he had decided what he wanted when he grew up. “Well, honey,” she responded “what’s that?” He said, “I’d like to have a million dollars, a big house, and no bathtubs.” “No bathtubs?” asked his mother. “Why not?” “Because,” he said,” when I grow up I want to ...read more
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Aug 6, 2012
The servant in Deuteronomy 15 accepted a special mark in order to belong to the master he loved. Is that true for us as well? How can we be marked for Jesus? And how does that mark change who we are as servants of the most high God?
OPEN One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots, tattoos and pierced nose. Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their concern. "Dear," said the mother ...read more