Monday, July 9, 2012


Good evening/morning sisters and brothers,
Today's reading is a short sample of some laws God gave the people of Israel. Notice how the law protects the borrower more than the lender, because the borrower would probably be more vulnerable than his wealthier neighbor. The threat is that God takes the side of the weak and blesses those who treat them fairly. That's a good reminder for us in this time of ever growing wealth disparity. Who do our laws protect?

God bless,


Deuteronomy 24:5-13
5When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be charged with any related duty. He shall be free at home one year, to be happy with the wife whom he has married. 6No one shall take a mill or an upper millstone in pledge, for that would be taking a life in pledge. 7If someone is caught kidnaping another Israelite, enslaving or selling the Israelite, then that kidnaper shall die. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.

8Guard against an outbreak of a leprous skin disease by being very careful; you shall carefully observe whatever the levitical priests instruct you, just as I have commanded them. 9Remember what the Lord your God did to Miriam on your journey out of Egypt.

10When you make your neighbor a loan of any kind, you shall not go into the house to take the pledge. 11You shall wait outside, while the person to whom you are making the loan brings the pledge out to you. 12If the person is poor, you shall not sleep in the garment given you as the pledge. 13You shall give the pledge back by sunset, so that your neighbor may sleep in the cloak and bless you; and it will be to your credit before the Lord your God.

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