Exodus 23:1-9

1 “You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. 2 “You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice; 3 nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute.

4 “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey wandering away, you shall surely return it to him. 5 “If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall refrain from leaving it to him, you shall surely release it with him.

6 “You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute. 7 “Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.

8 “You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.

9 “You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.

As revolutionary as Jesus’ teachings were in his day, they shouldn’t have been to the teachers of the law. He told people do love those who hated them, to do good to those that abused them, etc. In the middle of giving them guidelines to be partial to no one (even the poor), there’s a lovely snippet in verse five. If the donkey of one who hates you has collapsed under it’s load, you are to help the person who hates you. God doesn’t play favorites, and He doesn’t want us to either. That isn’t new or revolutionary. But it’s a difference from what human nature wants to do. Therein is the key. We are called to be unique as Christians, and here is one huge way we can show that. So do it. Today. And for the rest of your life.

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