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III. Specific Instructions Against Abusing the Land-



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III. Specific Instructions Against Abusing the Land-



A. Numbers 35:33- “Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.
B. Numbers 35:34- Do Not Defile the land where you live and where I dwell for I, the Lord, dwell among the Israelites
C. Deut 20:19 (Rules of Warfare)- When laying siege to a city, do not destroy the trees...do not cut them down. Are the trees of the field people that you should besiege them? However you may cut down trees that are not fruit trees.
D. Deut. 22:1-4- Helping another’s donkey to stand when it has fallen under a heavy load.

  1. Rabbinic teaching to relieve suffering of living things.

  2. (Lev. 22:28) Mother cattle not to be slaughtered with their young on the same day

  3. Hebrews are to treat domesticate animals as pets.

  4. A righteous man cares for needs of his animal (Prov. 12:10)


E. Deut 22:6- If you come across a bird’s nest besides the road either in a tree or on the ground and the mother on the young or on the eggs do not take the mother with the young.
F. Numbers 33:50-55: Controversial laws on the possession of land. Drive out the inhabitants? Was this limited to that geographic area? See Deut 19:2 (Cities of Refuge-) To be established in the land for the nations whose land he is giving to the Israelites. Care for others.



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