Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 19, 2022

“Render to all what is due them: … custom to whom custom” – “Respect what is right in the sight of all men.” – “do justice, … love kindness, … walk humbly with your God”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 21:7-11.

“If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do.  If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed.  He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his unfairness to her.  If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters.  If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights.  If he will not do these three things for her, then she shall go out for nothing, without payment of money.”  Exodus 21:7-11.


Let us not quickly dismiss today’s Scripture, only thinking superficially that in our society, today, there is specifically no slavery.  Rather, let us meditate generally on today’s Scripture references to “unfairness” and “custom” as highlighted in bold italic font and let us meditate generally on how there can be ways to avoid or remedy “unfairness” and ways to deal “according to the custom”.  

Other Scriptures also encourage us to so generally meditate on these things.

Render to all what is due them:  tax to whom tax is due;  custom to whom custom;  fear to whom fear;  honor to whom honor.”  Romans 13:7.

“…  Respect what is right in the sight of all men.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”  Romans 12:17-18. 

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Finally, consider that we appreciate the very popular concluding Scripture below even though there may be questions as to specifically how to accomplish these goals.  What specifically do we do in order to “do justice”?  What specifically do we do in order to “love kindness”?  What specifically do we do in order to “to walk humbly” with our God? Let us be diligent to study God’s Word and pray and trust God to guide us how to best specifically apply Scripture and respond to every situation.  

“He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.


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