"Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way." Psalm 119:37
Text: Exodus 22 : 28
A REVERENTIAL ATTITUDE
The truly righteous would rejoice over the laws that God had given! Only the perverse, the wicked and the unrighteous would balk at these laws! They would not be able to manipulate these laws to their advantage! If the Law was well-understood, then reverence must be the attitude adopted!
“You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.”
What was God anticipating, that He pronounced these words of warning?
1. “You shall not revile God”
The following are some circumstances when people may revile God. Three may be highlighted.
a) The laws that provide strong protection for the following:-
i) The slaves
ii) The widows
iii) The fatherless
iv) The poor
b) The laws that protect the following:-
i) The weak
ii) The defenceless
iii) The innocent
c) The severe penalties that are pronounced against the lawbreakers:-
i) Law of restitution
ii) The Lex Talionis
2. “Nor curse a ruler of your people”
How may these rulers end up being cursed by the people?
a) When they uphold the law and refused to be bribed.
b) When they exercise authority to exact punishment.
c) When they appear to be unsympathetic to those who are convicted of crime or sin!
CULTIVATION OF THE SPIRIT NEEDED
The laws of God were different indeed! The best way to appreciate them would be to cultivate the spirit of faith! Only then would there be full appreciation of God’s laws!