Do Not Pervert Justice!

This morning I was reading a passage from Exodus 23: 1-9 (SAAS), and it went like this: "Now you shall not circulate a false report. Do not agree with the wicked man to be an unrighteous witness. You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor join with them, so as to pervert justice. You shall not show partiality to the poor man in his dispute. If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. If you see your enemy's donkey fallen beneath its load, you shall not walk away from it, but shall surely help him with it. You shall not pervert the judgment of your poor in his dispute. Keep yourself far from every unjust matter; do not kill the innocent and the righteous; and do not justify the wicked for his gifts. You shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes and corrupts just pronouncements. Also you shall not oppress a resident alien, for you know the heart of a resident alien, because you were resident aliens in the land of Egypt."

This reminds me of the sermon on the mount, and the fact that Jesus said that He wasn't going to destroy the law, but fulfill it. When Jesus preached the sermon on the Mount, He revealed the deeper heart of the law, and its higher standard than what the Pharisees and Sadducees had determined. In fact, Jesus raised the bar so high when challenging the rich young ruler that even the disciples asked: "Who then can be saved?" Jesus answered them that with man it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. I think these laws surely are a good display of treating others as we want to be treated, not giving preference to anyone in regard to possessions or the lack thereof, and loving your enemy. Justice has God in mind first, and others second.

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