Today’s reading is Exodus 23-24.

I’m not aware of anywhere the Old Testament explicitly commands “Love your enemies.” However, nestled in this list of laws are principles that should keep us from being shocked when Jesus says that is part of true righteousness. For instance, “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him.” And again, “If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.” Sometimes we get sidetracked by trying to have the emotion of love for our enemies. When you can’t get there, begin by taking the actions of love even for your enemies. You may be surprised what follows.

Tomorrow’s reading is Exodus 25-26.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, did you notice the statement God made to Israel about sojourners? Sojourners are people who are traveling in the land or people who are not native but are living in the land. God told Israel to treat sojourners well. Why? Because they had been sojourners in Egypt and learned there how awful it is to be enslaved and oppressed by the native inhabitants. In other words, treat others the way you want to be treated. As you grow up, that really is a good rule of thumb to help you love God and your neighbor.

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