EXODUS 23:1-9: YAHWEH'S CONCERN FOR JUSTICE
PRAYER FOR READING EXODUS 23:1-9
Looks like more legal documents in Exodus 23, but we trust you, King Jesus, risen and reigning, to read with us. Spirit of Christ read with us.
Reading the first nine verses shows Yahweh's concern for justice: even to the point of not favoring the poor . . . or the rich. We're encouraged -- Israel is and by corollary, we try to understand the principle -- not to take bribes because bribes cause good people to look away and to twist the words of good people.
In the movie, Crash, the policeman played by Matt Dillon, is a racist who gropes and abuses a black woman on the street when searching her. In a later scene the same woman is trapped in a burning car, and the same racist policeman shows up on the scene and must get physically close to the woman to pull her from the vehicle. The woman refuses and screams when she realizes who is saving her, until the policeman tells her he's going to free her (and free himself).
Likewise, in the text there is an encouragement in this text to help someone you hate in an accident.
Finally, there is a reminder that since you were once exiles, we must treat exiles with what the Risen Christ taught as the Golden Rule, to love as we would want to be be loved. You were once foreigners in Egypt.
How are you treating exiles in your country? Consider how you may do something tangible, not just read or post articles, to reach out and love an exile in your country.
Greg Taylor preaches for The Journey. Greg's wife, Jill, teaches math at Broken Arrow High School and Tulsa Community College. Greg and Jill have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob. Greg is the author of many books, including his latest co-authored with Randy Harris, Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John.