“Cursed is anyone who leads the blind astray on the road.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” Deuteronomy 27:18
God had the Israelites gather on two different mountains. On one side, the people would call out various curses, while on the other mountain, the people would agree to those curses. They would call out different things that people may do that would get them cursed by God. One of these was leading a blind person down the wrong path as he is walking on road.
It is a fairly common rule to not lead a blind person astray any where he is. People are generally kind enough to lead a blind person correctly, at least physically. There are some people who are cruel enough to lead a physically blind person down a wrong path, but those are not very many.
However, there is a different type of blindness that people have that the majority of people are quick to lead down a wrong path. That blindness is a spiritual blindness. Every person has this blindness at the beginning of life, and continue to have it until they turn to Jesus.
While having the correct heart in trying to help those who are spiritually blind, many people end up leading them down the wrong path. They themselves are often spiritually blind.
This is done by many people in the church, who are believers. They focus on following the rules of God, and forget about the mercy and grace of God in the life of a person. They are quick to condemn a person, rather than guide them to God’s great love and show them love.
These are just a couple of ways that people lead a blind person down the wrong path. They are focusing on actions and sin, rather than on Jesus and love. While their heart may be trying to do right, they are doing harm.
As a believer, your first focus should be on Jesus and pointing people to Him. This focus should show the love, mercy and grace that Jesus has for you and everyone else. No person can follow every rule perfectly, otherwise, Jesus would never have had to come.
Every person needs that love, mercy and grace just as much as you needed it. Be careful not lead others down the wrong path while they are still blind. Do not be spiritually blind yourself. Jesus is the light, so show the light.
I pray today that you will know the light of Jesus; that you will not be spiritually blind; that God will open your spiritual eyes to see clearly; and that God will guide you in leading others correctly.
Do not have two differing weights in your bag–one heavy, one light. Deuteronomy 25:13
It is common for people to have different standards for different people. They do not treat each person equally. For one person, they are very generous and kind, while to the next person, they are stingy and tight-handed. They change as to how they act or react according to who they are around.
There are businesses that have different standards of prices depending on who is doing the purchasing. For one group of people, the price is one set price. For everyone else it is a different price. This can be seen as differing weights
During the time of Moses, weights of things was used to determine the price of something. They weighed out gold, silver, grains, and other items to pay people. Each business person was to carry a set of weights with him to make the measurement and payments. One would often carry two different sets of weights, one light, one heavy. When selling something, they would use one set of weights demand more payment. When purchasing something, they would use the other set of weights to spend less.
God did not like this practice. People were not treating others equally or fairly. They were cheating other people out of what they deserved.
Jesus treated every person equally. He did not walk around with different weights in how he worked with people. Everyone was treated the same.
Although there are many laws for businesses in how to do business, there are many people who still cheat others out of what they are due. They treat different people differently, taking advantage of some, while being generous to others. Sometimes this is with money, but it is more common with general actions.
This can be seen in churches. One who comes in dressed very nicely is treated much differently than the person dressed very sloppily.
As a believer, you should live your life as Jesus did. Treat every person equally with His great love and generosity. Do not treat each person differently. Every person is the same in God’s eyes, either they are a lost child, or a found child. God loves each one the same.
God does not want you to have different weights in your bag. It is not how He acts.
Are your weights the same as God’s? Or are they different like the world’s?
I pray today that you will know how God treats people; that you will love as God loves; that you will keep the same standards as God’s with every person; and that you will treat people with God’s great love.
Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Deuteronomy 24:14
Every nation has people who are foreigners and people who are poor living among them. It is something that cannot be escaped. Usually with many of the foreigners, they are poor. They have moved from one nation to another with very little money, trying to make a living.
With this type of situation, they, along with those who are poor, are often willing to do any work for any pay, just to survive. Knowing this, there are many people who will take advantage of this desperate situation. They will pay as little as possible to get their work. The worker who is poor will work and do anything just for something. Something is seen as better than nothing.
Believers are often known for taking advantage of other believers in the workplace. They will pay as little as possible and expect the highest output of work. They hide behind the verse that every believer is to work as unto the Lord. This is taking advantage, rather than giving the worker what he is worth.
God told the Israelites not to take advantage of one of these people. They are to pay them what they are worth and not to put extra burdens upon them.
Every believer is to be generous with what they have been blessed with. They are to love everyone equally. Taking advantage of another person’s situation is neither generous nor loving.
God is generous with every person. He does not take advantage of a person and his situation, but loves every person equally. He pours out His love, grace, and mercy equally upon every person. God provides abundantly to every person every thing that they need.
As a believer, you must live your life like Jesus did, with generous love, mercy and grace. Jesus came to serve, not to be served. When you take advantage of others, you are placing yourself as the head, rather than the servant. Generously pour out what God has given you into the lives of others. God will pour back into your life what you have need of.
Do not expect more from someone than what you expect of others. Do not give less to one than to another. Treat everyone with God’s love equally.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for everyone; that you will be generous as God is; that you will not take advantage of others in their situations; that you will trust God with what you have; and that you will serve as Jesus served.
Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the LORD your God with your own mouth. Deuteronomy 23:23
Every day millions of people make promises about something to someone. This can be promises to other people or to God. At the same time there are millions of people who break their promises and do not fulfill what they said they would do.
Breaking the promise is such a common problem, that people have to sign extremely detailed contracts to make a promise on many things. These contracts are legally binding writings stating that the person will do what was promised, or there will be consequences.
During the time of Moses, having a written contract was not common, it was just the word of the person. God tells them that they must keep their promise, because it was the person who freely, from his own mouth, made the promise.
It does not matter why or how the promise was made, it must be kept, despite the consequences. People will come up with every excuse possible as to why they have to break the promise. Yet, it must be kept. God holds the person accountable for that promise.
Many people will also make a sudden rash promise to God in the heat of the moment. Often this is done to make God happy with them and to get Him to change the situation. God will hold that person responsible for that promise.
God always keeps every promise He has ever made. He is and will be faithful forever to His word. Believers are to be just like God and keep their promises. They are not to suddenly refuse to keep the promise, regardless of how hard it may be to keep it.
Jesus kept His promise to you in providing you salvation and forgiveness for your sins. Keeping His promise cost Him His life. He had to die on the cross in order to keep His promise to save you.
Each day you have options on what you will say and what you will do. As a believer, you must always be a person of your word. Fulfill every promise that you make. Every time you make a promise to anyone, remember that you are also making that promise to God, and He will hold you accountable.
Be careful what you say, and always keep your promise.
I pray today that you will only speak what God wants you to say; that God will strengthen you to keep your word; that God will see you as faithful to your word; and that God will help you to keep from making rash promises.