Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Theme: CHRISTIANITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Text: “If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?” – Job 31:13-15.

Comment:  The law of God is that we should love our neighbours as ourselves. Job the prophet very well understood the principle and the consequences of doing to others what he would want them to do to him hence he declared in the Bible reference for today that God would punish him if he oppressed even his servants. He further started: “If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door; Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her. For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.” (Job 31:9-12) He also said: “If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; “This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.” (Job 31:15-17, 28) We should thus be always guided by our Saviour’s words thus: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” –  Luke 6:31.

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