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The Law and Love

Lately I have been reading through Exodus. My reading for today was Exodus 22. Exodus is really exciting in the beginning, with the burning bush, plagues, Angels of Death, and all that is going on. The Ten Commandments are given in Exodus 20, and then Moses starts in on some of the law given to him by God. Some might call it boring, particularly chapter 22, which starts off with an admonition about what to do if a man is caught stealing an ox, and moves on to grazing animals, borrowed animals, and so on.

But then right in the middle of all of that is Exodus 22:21-27

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. “You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.“If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry; and My anger will be kindled, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless. “If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to …