Good evening y’all. Today we are looking at Exodus 21.
I have to be honest I struggled to understand how to apply the scripture to our present lives. After reading over and over and with some commentary and obviously the Holyspirit help, I could come up with the below.
I pray you are blessed 🙂
The children of Israel had just been delivered from slavery and probably had a bad mentality on how to treat slaves and others based on the brutal experience they had in Egypt. God gave the laws to show them how He expects them to behave in the new land he is giving to them as an inheritance.
I broke this down into two parts:
Dealing with fairness and justice
Our God is a just God. He has set rules in place to ensure everyone is dealt with fairly and justly.This way no one will use their power to inflict pain or abuse on another.
I’m sure we don’t have slaves but the principle behind the laws can be applied to our daily lives especially those in position of authority in one form or the other. God expects us to treat our subjects justly and fairly knowing that God is our Master and He is watching us.
Colossians 4:1 says:
“Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven”.(NLT)
Respecting our parents
Also we are to honor and respect our parents. I noticed God stressed that twice in verse 15 and 17.
“Anyone who strikes father or mother must be put to death.(Exodus 21:15 NLT)
“Anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death. (Exodus 21:17 NLT)
Irrespective of what our parents might have done to us or not done, God is saying we need to respect them.
Ephesians 6: 1-3 tells us that if we want things to go well for us then we need to honor our parents.
“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”(Ephesians 6:1-3 NLT)
This command can be easy if things are fantastic with your parents but for those who don’t have a good relationship with their parents, God still says we need to honor them. Even if we feel like they have hurt us, we are still not allowed to disrespect them.
Dear Lord we thank you for today. We thank you for your love towards us. Pls help us treat others fairly and in a just manner as you require of us. Help us to respect and honor our parents. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name we prayed. Amen
Thanks for joining today.
Have a blessed day 🙂
***With God all things are possible***