Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 23, 2014

“I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 23:15-25.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+23&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“19 “You shall not charge interest to your countrymen:  interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest.  20 You may charge interest to a foreigner, but to your countrymen you shall not charge interest, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake in the land which you are about to enter to possess.

21 “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, and the Lord your God will surely require it of you.  22 However, if you refrain from vowing, it would not be sin in you.  23 You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God, what you have promised.

24 “When you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, then you may eat grapes until you are fully satisfied, but you shall not put any in your basket.

25 “When you enter your neighbor’s standing grain, then you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not wield a sickle in your neighbor’s standing grain.”    Deuteronomy 23:19-25.

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The LORD exercises both lovingkindness and justice.  Today’s Scripture shows the lovingkindness, and the resulting provisions, that the LORD had for the poor.  But, this lovingkindness, and the resulting provisions, were balanced by justice, and the resulting provisions.

The lovingkindness provision that no interest was to be charged fellow countrymen was balanced by the justice provision (inferred) that the amount of the “loan” had to be repaid.

The lovingkindness provision that one could refrain from making a vow was balanced by the justice provision that if one did make a vow, then that vow had to be performed.

The lovingkindness provision that the poor could eat grapes to satisfy their hunger while passing through a vineyard was balanced by the justice provision that the poor could not unreasonably profit from what was not their own by gathering the grapes in a basket to sell or eat later.

The lovingkindness provision that the poor could eat grain to satisfy their hunger while passing through a field was balanced by the justice provision that the poor could not could not unreasonably profit from what was not their own by harvesting grain through the use of a sickle to sell or eat later.

Thus, we do see lovingkindness in today’s Scripture, but we also see justice in today’s Scripture.

“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight.”  Proverbs 11:1.

Today’s Scripture, which contains provisions for both lovingkindness and justice, helps us understand what is important to the LORD and what He does.

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.


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