Week 11  Day 2

Be sensitive to
the feelings and needs
of the poor

Treat the poor with kindness
Always remember
        you were slaves in Egypt
        and let that memory
        make you kind to others
        in unfortunate circumstances.

A man was freed from his military obligations
         during the first year
         of his marriage
He was to stay home and make his wife happy 
         a strange thing to say
         in a patriarchal setting
What it really means is
         make your wife pregnant
A woman who bears a child 
         was greatly valued 
         by their society
and hence receives happiness through giving birth

But the important thing was that a man's seed continue
        and that he not die
        before having children
        to carry on his name.

                                  RULES FOR EVERYDAY LIVING
                 Remember your past and be compassionate.
                                            Deuteronomy 24

    5"When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go
to
war or be charged with any business; he shall be free
at
home one year, and bring happiness to his wife.
    6"No man shall take the lower or the upper millstone
in
pledge, for he takes one's living in pledge.
    7"If a man is found kidnapping any of his brethren, and
mistreats him or sells him, then that kidnapper shall die;
and you shall put away the evil from among you.
    8"Take heed in an outbreak of leprosy, that you
carefully
observe and do according to all the priests and
the Levites
shall teach you; so you shall be careful to do.
    10"When you lend your brother anything, do not go into
his house to get his pledge.  22Stand outside, and the man
shall bring the pledge out to you.  12 If the man is poor, do
not keep his pledge overnight.  13Return the pledge to him
when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his own
garment and bless you; it shall be righteousness to you
before the Lord your God.
    14"Do not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy,
whether one of your brethren or one of the aliens in your
land. 
15Each day you shall give him his wages, and not let
the sun
go down on it, for he is poor and has set his heart
on it; lest
he cry out to the Lord, and it be sin to you.
    16"Fathers shall not be put to death for their children,
nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a
person
shall be put to death for his own sin.
    17"Do not pervert justice due the stranger or the
fatherless,
nor take a widow's garment as a pledge.  18But
remember
that you were a slave in Egypt, and the Lord
redeemed you;
therefore I command you to do this thing.
    19"When you reap your harvest, and forget a sheaf in
the
field, do not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger,
the
fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord may bless you
in all
the work of your hands.  20When you beat your olive
trees, 
do not go over the boughs again, it shall be for the
stranger,
the fatherless, and the widow.  21When you gather
the
grapes of your vineyard, do not glean it afterward; it
shall be
for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. 
22Remember
that you were a slave in Egypt; therefore
do this thing."

                         This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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