Lift them up again

Deuteronomy 22:4 “Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.”

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It’s almost hard to believe this is part of the law.

You would have thought “thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” was enough.

But the sinful ways of man are well-known to God.

This is exactly the kind of thing we would do. Plausible deniability, we call it.

They can’t see that I saw what I saw, so they don’t know I’m not doing what I know I should do. Right?

We often avoid helping others, especially if hard work is involved.

Perhaps the incline is treacherous, or the mud is deep, or the animal is frightened.

All these possibilities are obvious at first glance. That’s why our flesh says “hide.”

At this moment we are unlikely to feel love welling up inside us. Instead, we may be forced to fall back on duty.

A commitment to neighborliness says “get down in the mud!” Help.

Deuteronomy 22:4 “Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.”

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