Protection of Property
“If someone steals an ox or sheep and then kills or sells it, the thief must pay back five oxen for each ox stolen, and four sheep for each sheep stolen.
“If a thief is caught in the act of breaking into a house and is struck and killed in the process, the person who killed the thief is not guilty of murder. But if it happens in daylight, the one who killed the thief is guilty of murder.
“A thief who is caught must pay in full for everything he stole. If he cannot pay, he must be sold as a slave to pay for his theft. If someone steals an ox or a donkey or a sheep and it is found in the thief’s possession, then the thief must pay double the value of the stolen animal.” (Exodus 22:1-4 NLT)
God presented Moses with these regulations (and many more) to tell to the Israelites. As I read through some of them, I wondered: did any of the Israelites ever get tired of obeying God (even if they didn’t say it)? Have I ever gotten tired of obeying God?
The Lord Challenges Job Again
Then the Lord answered to Job from the whirlwind: “Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. Will you discredit my justice and condemn me just to prove you are right? Are you as strong as God? Can you thunder with a voice like his?” (Job 40:6-9 NLT)
We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you. We are not reaching beyond these boundaries when we claim authority over you, as if we had never visited you. For we were the first to travel all the way to Corinth with the Good News of Christ.
Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended. Then we will be able to go and preach the Good News in other places far beyond you, where no one else is working. Then there will be no question of our boasting about work done in someone else’s territory. As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD”. When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them. (2 Corinthians 10:13-18 NLT)
Have I ever tried to be in control over God—have I ever tried to prove that I’m right over him? Paul quoted, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD”. This should be true in my life; in my thoughts and my actions, for God is in control.
Thank you so much for your Word, and all the truths about you in it. Please equip me to faithfully obey you through every circumstance, for I’ve chosen in the past to follow you, and I’m keeping that decision. Amen