Re: Verse reading–Exodus 20:13-17; Leviticus 19:16-18; Zechariah 7:8-10; Matthew 5:13-16 (day four)
From the very beginning of the nation, God had given instructions to Israel on how to treat their neighbors. They were not to covet any of their possessions, they were not to take advantage of their weaknesses, and they were not to share in their sin. For generations, Israel did not obey God. They had not loved their fellow countryman and had taken every advantage of their neighbors for greed and self-gain. At the time of Zechariah, God was pronouncing judgment on His people. His command to “Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another “…had gone unheeded. Their hearts were like flint and they would not hear the law. We often believe we can ‘get away with disobedience’. We ignore God’s commands or seek to reinterpret His truth to suit our needs. There will be a day of judgment though for certain. Ask God to search your heart and restore your relationship with Him.