Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may.....practice deceit with false balances..."
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The scriptures are richly woven with moments when God revealed a special level of indignation and warning toward those who intentionally plan to steal from the poor and prey on the most vulnerable. We are not to be a people who use others for our benefit. That is just not how this family works. If ever there was a reason for the phrase, "Woe to you!" It is treating for those who are more defenseless with cruelty. We are not to be that way. We are not to cower in the corner when others are treating people that way. We are, on the most part, smart people. We know an injustice when we see it. It is harder to see when we are the ones doing the persecuting and stopping ourselves. I am highly motivated by wanting never to hear God say to me, "Woe to you.....hear this." What God wants us to be highly motivated by is having compassion.
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Holy God, make me an instrument of your peace. Amen.