Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

In Exodus 23, I was intrigued to find two verses demonstrating the delicate balance of justice in regard to the poor:

Verse 3: …you must not show partiality to a to a poor man in his lawsuit.
Verse 6:  You must not turn away justice for your poor people in their lawsuits.

God’s standards of justice are the same for the rich and the poor, the nobody and the influential person.  A poor person isn’t automatically right just because he is poor.  Neither is a rich person to be favored based on his economic position and influence.  Our God sees us all as equals among His creation, each one having infinite worth and worthy of respect.  On the other hand, each of us is answerable to His righteous standards.

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Comments on: "Justice for the Poor—Two Sides" (2)

  1. i was fascinated by this same passage recently! i’m thinking that God is not as interested in equalizing wealth as in encouraging equally righteous men.

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