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Deuteronomy 23 [Read]
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Deuteronomy 25 [Read]
Mark 14:51-72 [Read]
Being a Christian for so many years, I find it rather hard to balance between truth and grace (Jn 1:14). Standing for truth means to act justly and being righteous in everything we do, and being gracious means to always find room for mercy and love to those who offend us. How we keep a godly balance of these two is the life time lesson for all followers of Christ.
As Moses came to the end of recapitulating all the commandments, his emphasis first fell on the importance of being just and act righteously for God’s people. If you make a vow to God, you must not slow to pay it (23:21). A man must do as he promised, for that is the right thing to do and God will hold him accountable for his own words. When there is a dispute, it should be brought to the court and the judges must acquit the innocent and condemn the guilty (25:1). That is the fundamental requirement of justice, but true justice goes beyond that. Anyone who works should get the compensation, for even the cow should be able to eat while it treads out the grain (25:4). Such justice is cited by Apostle Paul to justify the shepherd of the Lord to receive honor from the people he cares for (1Ti 5:18). You should treat everyone fairly, and you should not have different weights and measures in your home (25:13-14). Our God is just and he does not show favoritism. Hence, we should do the same.
However, that’s only half of the picture. When we look carefully, we also find plenty of grace within these rules of justice. If a slave has taken refuge with you, do not hand him over to his master (23:15). Compassion always protects the weaker ones. One may justly take interest from others, but not from a brother Israelite (23:20). One may justly take a security for a debt, but not by jeopardizing the loaner’s livelihood (24:6). One should not sleep with a poor man’s pledge in his possession (24:12), and one should pay the wages before sunset so the poor workers will not be distressful (24:15). One is entitled to all the harvest of his field, but he should not go back to get the one he overlooked (24:19). Leave that to the alien, the fatherless, and the widow. Justice without kindness is simply not justice in God’s sight.
To keep a balance is tough, for we all want justice for ourselves and tend not to consider others for grace. But the Bible teaches us to act justly, while always remember to love mercy. “Remember that you were salves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there” (24:18). Remembering all of us being the beneficiary of the merciful act of crucifixion will help us to show mercy to others.
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