As I read the Books of the Law, I discover more and more about Human Nature. I also realize it has not changed much. Take for example do not spread false witness. How many of us have been victims of someone spreading a lie about us? or favoritism? Yep that as well. Remember in high school if you were the geek, you were last picked for sports and as a result you did not learn sports very well? Looking back, some of the people who were picked first really were not that good at sports either. But as an adult, I shined. I became very athletic. I could run two miles in a little over 13 minutes. While that is not true anymore, I sustained too many injuries. For those 12 years, I could run. We tend to judge people from the minute we meet them. Which for me really stinks. There are days when I have to run errands and I look a mess. I am in a lot of pain and fixing my hair and making sure my clothes look just right is just too difficult. The one thing I have noticed is people treat you differently. If my baldness is showing because it is a windy day and I just can’t keep my hair looking nice; well people shun me. Maybe I should buy a wig. The truth is humans as a whole are bad. Many of us mean well, but we screw up. Here is the thing, the law was written for us not the Hebrews Of Moses’ time. Yes they were expected to follow all these laws and offer many sacrifices. (Thank God he sent his son to be a perfect sacrifice for our sins) Chances are the average ancient Hebrew could not read and did not have an opportunity to learn. It was written so we could learn to forgive ourselves, just as Jesus has. I mean I would want to help an injured person or a homeless person. Sometimes I am on my way somewhere else and I am running late. While I know there are many homeless, in my small town there have been many scammers that have soured people on helping those holding a sign stating they are homeless. They are bearing false witness, making it harder for the truly homeless to receive help. But when I fail, I know that others have failed, that tomorrow I will fail. Yet I should not dwell on my failures I need to focus on my success. You should too.
Exodus 23: 1-9:
1“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.
2 “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, 3 and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.
4 “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. 5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.
6 “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. 7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.
8 “Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.
9 “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.