October 6 – Exodus 22:1-15

October 6 – Exodus 22:1-15

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Exodus 22:1-15
1 “If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall repay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
2 If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him,
3 but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
4 If the stolen beast is found alive in his possession, whether it is an ox or a donkey or a sheep, he shall pay double.
5 “If a man causes a field or vineyard to be grazed over, or lets his beast loose and it feeds in another man’s field, he shall make restitution from the best in his own field and in his own vineyard.
6 “If fire breaks out and catches in thorns so that the stacked grain or the standing grain or the field is consumed, he who started the fire shall make full restitution.
7 “If a man gives to his neighbor money or goods to keep safe, and it is stolen from the man’s house, then, if the thief is found, he shall pay double.
8 If the thief is not found, the owner of the house shall come near to God to show whether or not he has put his hand to his neighbor’s property.
9 For every breach of trust, whether it is for an ox, for a donkey, for a sheep, for a cloak, or for any kind of lost thing, of which one says, ‘This is it,’ the case of both parties shall come before God. The one whom God condemns shall pay double to his neighbor.
10 “If a man gives to his neighbor a donkey or an ox or a sheep or any beast to keep safe, and it dies or is injured or is driven away, without anyone seeing it,
11 an oath by the LORD shall be between them both to see whether or not he has put his hand to his neighbor’s property. The owner shall accept the oath, and he shall not make restitution.
12 But if it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution to its owner.
13 If it is torn by beasts, let him bring it as evidence. He shall not make restitution for what has been torn.
14 “If a man borrows anything of his neighbor, and it is injured or dies, the owner not being with it, he shall make full restitution.
15 If the owner was with it, he shall not make restitution; if it was hired, it came for its hiring fee.

These verses deal with the responsible thing to do. They cover the laws for theft as well as laws for negligence or fraud.
What can you appreciate about why God put these laws in place?
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were responsible for someone or something and an accident or something went ‘way wrong’?
Did you seek God first in the situation?
How were things resolved?
Take time to reflect on God’s extraordinary love that provides for us even before we ask or seek Him.

Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for the fulfillment of Your laws in Jesus Christ. I can’t imagine living in a time with these laws in place, although I know it was to keep people at peace with one another and not living in constant chaos as a community. I am very thankful I am living in a time of grace and mercy and a personal relationship with You as my Father, Counselor, Savior, Healer, Comforter and Lord. I don’t think most people today realize how very fortunate we are to live on this side of the cross. Thank You for sending Jesus to redeem us.
In Jesus’ name.


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