Do It ‘Cause I Said So Leviticus 22:31-33

Oftentimes a parent’s answer to their offsprings’ question, “Why?”

is, “because I said so,” which, in other words, is just “comply!”

If you talk of God as “Father” then you should expect commands.

Even if you call God “Mother” there will surely be demands.  


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Source: Leviticus 22:31-33

Text: David Alexander, 2021 CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:  Festival, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF-2010/WeAreCalled-Festival.pdf    

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When a Mother’s Given Birth Leviticus 22:26-30

When a mother’s given birth, 

she has been through labor.

She deserves some time to rest, 

so she can recover.

Leave the infants at her side, 

so that love can be supplied,

Mothers who have life supplied, 

need to be respected.   

———-

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Source: Leviticus 22:26-30

Text: David Alexander, 2021 CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:  Rhos-Lan, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2018/Score/TheDivineOneWaits-RhosLan-Chords.pdf     

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Paying Bills Leviticus 22:21-25

Olympic medals are not given hung on shoddy strings.

We recognize accomplishment with finer grades of things.

It’s similar, when facing God, to offer up our best.

Not “good enough for gummint work”, but “what will stand the test.”

—–

The runts of litters, seconds, or what’s damaged in the freight

would not give pleasure if received as payment on a day

to settle debts or clear accounts; keep those ones for yourself.

So, eat your fill, but pay your bills with what belongs to health.

———-

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Source: Leviticus 22:21-25

Text: David Alexander, 2021 CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:  Cripplegate, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2019/Score/IHopedThatWith-Cripplegate-Chords.pdf     

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Give Your Best Leviticus 22:18-20

The rule that you should give your best 

applies to aliens and guests

and also long time residents 

whose obligations all “make sense.”

—–

You should not short the immigrants 

who clean your rooms and make your beds,

who build your homes and milk your cows, 

who do their work and keep their vows. 

—–

Whatever your vocation be, 

whatever substance it may yield,

a portion of the best of that, 

God will accept on your behalf. 

———-

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Source: Leviticus 22:18-20

Text: David Alexander, 2021 CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:  Broadmead (David’s Harp), Public Domain

Score:     https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2019/Score/HowBlestIsLife-DavidsHarp-Chords.pdf   

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Family Privileges Leviticus 22:10-16

While someone is in your household they live “all expenses paid.”

If they have an income, they contribute too, so all’s Okay. 

When emancipated, wish them well, for they are on their own.

If disaster strikes it’s not a crime to welcome them back home. 

—–

If you borrow something without asking you should give it back.

Add a fifth for interest to remind you not to not to take that tack.

Something that’s devoted to improvement of society

isn’t for you personally, so respect its sanctity. 

———- 

Photo: by Zach Reiner on Unsplash   

Source: Leviticus 22:10-16

Text: David Alexander, 2021 CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune: Everton, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2018/Score/LordHerWatchThy-Everton-Chords.pdf 

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People Don’t Think God is Stupid Leviticus 22:2-9

People don’t think God is stupid, when they burn a sacrifice

they are confident that what they torch is just to symbolize

what goes on within their souls and how they want to be made whole.

—–

What they give at synagogues and temples, churches, mosques and such,

Passes to administrators who are tasked to manage funds. 

When something is stolen trust is broken and the souls as well.

—–

Basic honesty is what is wanted from the president.

Bankers of poor character may well be chucked out onto the cement.

Rabbis, pastors, priests, and  imams all must live above reproach.

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Source: Leviticus 22:2-9

Text: David Alexander, 2021 CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:   Dismissal, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2018/Score/SpeedThyServants-Dismissal-Chords.pdf    

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Discriminatory Rules Leviticus 21:16-24

Since anyone can find ways to keep some others out. 

A border draw, a difference cite, then toss around some clout; 

Pick race or cite a version of disability; 

set down in holy books as if from eternity. 

—–

Once long ago an author who claimed to speak for God 

wrote of disabled people, and said that they were bad;

He cited things he hated and made some specious rules.  

All who now use them show that they’re just unloving fools.

—–

For ages, sex and race have often been used as the fence.

“Show us your testicles.” or  “Give further evidence.” 

Who people love and how have been prime criteria.

These things and others like them are all extranea.

—–

There is no place without God, no land unsanctified. 

We all can pray for others, we all are qualified.

Draw near unto God’s altar, where none can be denied. 

Leave judgment to the Lord and set all your rules aside. 

———-

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Source: Leviticus 21:16-24

Text: David Alexander, 2021 CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune: Ely Cathedral , Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2020/Score/ForTheeODear-ElyCathedral-Chords.pdf 

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The Facade Leviticus 21:10-15

Clergy learn from all religions how to better “do” their own.

While presenting selves in public, no disguising should be done. 

—–

In the course of serving people, and aware of what they feel; 

freedom is conditional for clergy members, and unreal. 

—–

Calling’s not hereditary. Clerics’ children often see

suffering that makes them vow that clergy’s what they will not be.

———-

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Source: Leviticus 21:10-15

Text: David Alexander, 2021 CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:  Gott Will’s Machen ,Public Domain

Score:     https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/GodWhoseFarm-GottWillsMachen.pdf 

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You’ve Incurred A Debt Leviticus 19:35-37

When anyone has saved your life

then you’ve incurred a debt. 

To live by cheating demonstrates

that waste was done instead.

The measures used for quantity, 

for height and depth and girth,

unequally applied at all 

say much about your worth.   

———-

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Source:   Leviticus 19: 35-37

Text:  David Alexander, 2021  CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:  Petersham, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2017/Score/WeLimitNotTheTruth-Petersham-Chords.pdf 

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Come Here / From Here Leviticus 19:33-34

Even folks upon an ancient ancestral homestead,

tell the stories of their roots from somewhere else instead. 

—–

Everyone’s an alien or immigrant somehow.

Civil claims mean little in eternity, you know. 

—–

If you plan to make a claim that’s based on precedence, 

pause a moment to consider your own providence.

—–

Nothing makes a “from here” better than a “come here”, so, 

welcome new arrivals, e’re God tells you where to go. 

———-

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Source:   Leviticus 19: 33-34

Text:  David Alexander, 2021  CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune: Salm Foreol, Public Domain

Score:   Below

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