Exodus 22:21-29

“You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.(v12)

A grandpa once lived with his family. As the Grandpa grew older, he began to slobber and spill his food. So, the family had him eat alone. At a time, he broke his bowl, the son and his wife scolded him and got him a cheap wooden bawl. Grandpa was so unhappy. One day the grandson was carrying wood. His mom and dad asked him, “What are you doing?” “I’m making a wooden bowl,” he said, “for when you two get old and must eat alone.” The parents were sad; they could not imagine being treated like they treated the grandpa. The Israelite were commanded to care for others as a remembrance of their experience in Egypt. God made this very clear when He told them to treat those of lesser social rank as they themselves would want to be treated. They are forbidden to “afflict” some categories of people like the stranger, the fatherless, the widow, and the poor. Because their experience in Egypt was not a pleasant one, God wanted them to learn not to treat others cruelly, but to treat them compassion as they would like to be treated. Our world of today is filled with many people who lack feelings for others. Many needy people suffer because of neglect or oppression by the rich and powerful but God is interested in them because of His own compassionate character (v26b) Christians have the same responsibility to the poor and downtrodden as Israel had.

As God’s children, we have the responsibility of helping the helpless in what ever capacity we can.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, give me a heart for other. (NBC)

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It pays to be a care giver to the needy.

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