Jesus injunction: Love your neighbour as yourselves, has many practical examples here taken from ordinary day life. This reading covers marriage, immigrants, the protection of workers by legislation, guidance for judges, etc. Think through one practical example for life in your town/suburb today.
When we are poorly treated and then come into the same position of authority/standing it can be a temptation to say, “It got done to me, now it is my turn.”
A clear example of this is what happens at school, with the harshness of seniors on junior students an experience that continues on.
God calls His people to remember how they were treated.
But instead, it is the opposite to what happens at school.
Israel was RESCUED from being mistreated in Egypt.
God says in v18,
“… But you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there;”
Remember where you came from. Remember that you were slaves. Remember that the Lord rescued you.
This is the same truth for us today.
Remember that we were rescued! Instead of seeking to pervert justice or treat someone harshly – Remember!
Remember that we were in darkness, dead and without hope; And remember that Jesus found us, called us home; He rescued us, redeemed us, restored us.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Almighty God,
Thank You for Your word today, please write it on our hearts each day.
Please help us to remember! What You have done in our lives, and what You continue to do.
Thank You for rescuing us from the just penalty of our sin.