SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- God continues giving Moses instructions for how to behave as a society.
- Most of the laws given in this section can be categorized under what is best for the society as a whole. If you steal, you will have to repay more than you stole. If you start a fire and it destroys someone else's property, you have to pay for that.
- The latter part of the chapter deals with issues pertaining to social responsibility. God is clear in this section that He is the only God to be worshiped.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- God is emphasizing the importance to be a contributing member of society. This new nation would never work if everyone looked out for only their interests.
- Time and time again, God makes laws that look out for those who are most outcast in society. Verses 21-24 talk about the importance of treating foreigners, widows and orphans with respect and without oppression. God has a heart for those society often considers the least.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Romans 13:2 tells us that we have a responsibility as Christians to obey the laws we are subject to. This may mean that even if we disagree with the way our taxes are handled, we have a duty to pay our taxes. God has given us the job of being an example in our world.
- God has also given us the task of looking out for the least in our world. Jesus spoke repeatedly about this. If you have never done so, maybe you could to look into supporting a child through Compassion International. You can make a difference in the life of a child struggling in poverty.