Exodus 2:22-23:13; Matthew 24:1-28; Psalm 29:1-11; Proverbs 7:6-23
“Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him.” Exodus 22:21
“Do not take advantage of a widow or orphan.” 22:22
“If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a money-lender; charge him no interest.” 22:25
“Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.” 22:28
“Do not spread false reports.” 23:1
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.” 23:2
“If you see the car of someone who hates you with a flat tire on the side of the road, do not pass by him; be sure you help him with it.”
That last command isn’t found in Exodus, but the implication as with the others is the same today as it was for the Israelites—God cares about how we live and treat our neighbor.
He knew the Israelites would never be able to keep all the laws he had handed down through Moses, but because of His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel) to make them a people unto Himself, He gave them these life-preservers–laws to maintain justice and upright living–a system of regulations to preserve them in the desert and in the land that they would inherit.
God knew we couldn’t keep the Law perfectly. That’s why Jesus came in the flesh to do it for us and to bear upon His body the punishment for our sins. So, now, when we fail to keep God’s commands we can be forgiven. We’re given hope. We’re equipped by the Holy Spirit to lead lives pleasing to God.
We can change our enemy’s tire!
Lord God, thank you for giving us rules for living–for showing us what kind of lives are pleasing to you. Thank you for giving us the Law which acts as a mirror and points us to our need for a Savior. Thank you for His life blood which was shed for us and now covers our lawless thoughts, words, and actions. May we seek to live according to your ways out of love and gratitude for what Christ has done for us. Thank and Praise you Lord! Amen