Leviticus 6: Finders Keepers
Posted by Zak Schmoll
Leviticus chapter 6 starts with the problem of lying and how to atone for it.
Lev 6:2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
Lev 6:3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
Notice that in verse three, we have been basically told that the idea of finders keepers is entirely false. If somebody loses something that you find and they ask about it, you’re supposed to give it back to them. You can’t simply say that it is yours and move on.
Of course, if you find something that doesn’t belong to anybody or nobody ever asks or nobody knows who the owner is, then it seems like you are allowed to keep it, but the main problem here is the lying about it.
All that being said, this is pretty normal process in the world. Finders keepers is generally accepted in our culture. Even if people find something that belongs to other people, many people argue that it just belongs to us now because we found it.
While this isn’t necessarily a huge example, I think that it shows the conflict between culture and Christianity. Sometimes, what is generally accepted in society will go in direct conflict with what we believe as Christians, and we need to quite honestly accept that.
Joh 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
I think that these verses obviously indicate that there will be some type of conflict between the world and Christianity.
However, right before those two verses, there’s one more thing that we need to remember about these conflicts.
Joh 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
It is important to remember that even if there are conflicts, we need to reach out and love people all the same.