Humility Has A Proper View Of Self
In our passage today we are continuing to look at the “rules of the covenant.”
God made a covenant with His people…a promise to his people. The agreement would be that God would be their God, and this chosen people would be His people.
Within this covenant there were some rules. These are the “family rules,” so to speak. For this covenant to work properly…for the “household of God” to function well, these were the instructions that should be kept.
And although this area is filled with a bunch of rules, God doesn’t leave out the “why.”
In verse 21, God says, “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for (here’s the reason) you were once sojourners in the land of Egypt.”
Through Moses, God is saying, don’t mistreat people whom you think are “lesser” than you. Because when you do that you are acting as if you’re better. You’re acting like you can’t relate to their issues. You’re acting like it’s by your own power that you’ve been blessed the way you have.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear that, I see our incredible need for HUMILITY.
How often is your heart impatient, judgmental, easily disgruntled, easily annoyed, angry, or overly critical towards others? How often do you feel as if you deserve the position you are in? How often do you feel justified in talking as if other people should meet up to YOUR perfect standard?
I would venture to say that the regularity of our unloving thoughts or actions towards people is proportionate to the amount that we forget how undeserving we are of everything that we are and have. Anything we are and have is a gracious gift given by God.
The Israelites were sojourners once as well. They were people living in a land that did not belong to them. They were slaves. They had no rights or say. They were outcasts. And now that they are free, it would be an utter act of pride to treat sojourners as if they were unworthy of fair treatment.
And the same is true for us.
We were slaves to sin. We were a complete mess.
God graciously invited us to join his family, even when we didn’t deserve it. We should treat others in a way that reflects our remembrance of that truth.
By: Sam Cirrincione