Topic: Laws of Moral Justice [Tuesday January 17, 2017]
Text: Exodus 21:26-36
Key Verse: "And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake" (Exodus 21:26).
On all modern highways, reflectors are placed on conspicuous places to guide night travelling. Reflectors are also mandatory for all vehicles when they breakdown, to guide against avoidable road accidents. A breach attracts severe sanctions from higher authorities. The sundry laws in the text are laws bordering on natural justice.
They concern particularly, the sixth commandment which forbids killing a fellow human being. Human lives, either one’s or others, are sacred and should therefore not be handled carelessly. The sundry moral laws under consideration are however not binding on New Testament believers. Nevertheless, we are taught by those laws that we must be careful not to do wrong either directly or indirectly, nor should we be cruel to our servants or slaves. God places great value on the lives of men, even those of servants and slaves. As believers, if we have done wrong, we must be willing to make it good and be desirous that nobody may lose by us.
We are to avoid any kind of carelessness that can endanger or destroy the life of any other person. Many people today live carelessly. Their careless actions are sometimes inimical to the lives and safety of others and their property. Believers must be distinct and unique as light and salt to others, always bringing glory to God and not reproaches and blemish.
Thought for the day: Carelessness and ignorance are twin evils believers must not for once be associated with.
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