Deuteronomy 22: Do unto Others…


Deuteronomy 22 tells us that we need to care for our neighbors and act with general courtesy. Sometimes, I feel like we miss out on this today.

Deu 22:1  Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.

Deu 22:2  And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.

It seems like common courtesy. If your friend loses something, you should bring it back to him. If you don’t know where it belongs, you should keep it in good condition until someone comes looking for it. Then, you should be willing to give it back.

It seems pretty simple, right?

Unfortunately, I think that we sometimes run into a more finders keepers mentality. I know that that’s a very elementary school statement, but when people find something, there are many times when there will not give it back.

In my mind, the best way to handle situations like this roll back to one of the most well-known Biblical passages in the world.

Luk 6:31  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

If you lost something, wouldn’t you want someone to bring it back? At the very least, wouldn’t you want someone to take your property in good order? And, if you ever found it at the other person’s house, wouldn’t you want them to give it back to you because it is rightfully yours?

I think that all of these answers are relatively self-evident, and I know that this is a pretty basic post. However, being a good neighbor and friend to all of those around us will help us live the way that God intended us to live with each other.

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Posted on January 13, 2013, in Deuteronomy and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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