Here's some curious things that stood out for me today...
Do not twist justice against people simply because they are poor. Exodus 23:6
That was written back during the exodus of the Jews from Egypt.
That probably was for written just for back then & has no relevance or bearing on how we treat the poor today, would it?
Do not oppress the foreigners living among you. Exodus 23:9a
This was an instruction for those Jews leaving Egypt.
certainly couldn't be a directive that would be appropriate today for
us to model towards immigrants living here in America...
no... certainly not!
It is God alone who judges; He decides who will rise & who will fall. Psalm 75:7
We all know those were words were obviously written for back then.
this psalmist wrote those words he was talking about the Jews of the
time, who were so rude & arrogant because they fancied themselves
God's chosen people & Israel as God's nation.
That certainly would have no bearing on our lives today.
Work for 6 days, & rest on the 7th.
This will give your ox & donkey time to rest.
It will allow the people in your household to be refreshed. Exodus 23:12
We all know this instruction was appropriate for the Jews back then because most of them had to do backbreaking manual labor.
That obviously wouldn't have any connection to the way we live today.
And besides, we all have to work harder now to make ends meet!
Live wisely among those who are not Christians,
& make the most of every opportunity.
Let your conversation be gracious & effective
so that you will have the right answer for everyone. Colossians 4:5-6
Christians back then had to learn to contend with non-Christians
because, well, I mean, there were SO FEW Christians back then.
Nowadays there's LOTS of Christians, so we don't have to mix & mingle with non-believers unless we have no other choice.
mean, we mustn't hang out with people who don't believe in Jesus, or in
God for that matter, because, well, it might tarnish our reputation or
taint our witness.
And of course, we know that the devil will use just about anything or anybody to trip us up!
all know that spending time with people who don't believe exactly like
we do the devil might use to slowly & slyly infect us with their
unbelief to the point we just might lose our sanctification... or maybe
even our salvation!!!
I'm SO glad I was able to share
these curious verses with you & clear a few things up about them
& how they couldn't possibly relate to us in today's world.