Exodus 22:1-31

Do not…

Do not…

Do not…

So many laws. Detailed ones. Laws about grazing and grain, oxen and donkeys. Irrelevant? Seems like it. Then come laws about the treatment of widows and strangers, the needy and appointed leaders. More relevant? Seems like it.

So, how does Exodus 22 apply to those of us living in the 21st Century…to me? I don’t have donkeys grazing in the backyard or in my neighbor’s vineyard, so….?

Aside from reminding us of a fascinating event from history – God speaking the Constitution of the Old Testament and etching it into stone with his own finger  – this chapter reminds us what sort of people God desires us to be…and of his great mercy.

The point isn’t to memorize and adhere – it’s to remember and rejoice. Our eternal condition is no longer determined by a Law that brings punishment, restitution and even death. It is determined by a merciful Savior who endured punishment and death on our behalf, and sets us free.

My response? To live life, striving to be the sort of person God desires me to be and overwhelmed with gratitude that he already accepts me as holy…because of Jesus.