PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Deuteronomy 15-16
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt…” (Deuteronomy 16:12)
In the feasts, the Lord’s gracious generosity is celebrated.
In regards to the poor, they are commanded to be generous too.
“Give to them as the Lord your God has blessed you.” (Deuteronomy 15:14)
These laws are remarkable for their time, unlike the other nations.
Even the laws of servanthood are more like labour laws for workers.
Behind these laws is their own experience as slaves and God’s amazing grace.
They knew what it was to be abused, and what it was to be blessed.
What these laws point to is the Law behind the laws – the Law of Love!
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
This is also what “love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) means.
Jesus urges us to remember God’s mercy, and show it to others.
Love fulfills the laws; everyone – even enemies – should be loved.
Do I treat others as graciously and patiently as God treats me?
Lord, thank you for your amazing grace for me; help me to show amazing grace to others, so that they too can be won over by grace!