Welcome to another episode of our daily bible study. Today’s episode is titled; be mindful of whom you elect or select as a leader. Watch and learn why you should be careful in selecting or electing a leader. you can watch the video below,
Previously in our daily bible study, we discussed the message titled, do not illtreat a foreigner.
In that very episode, we learned that in the book of Exodus, God warned the Israelites not to oppress foreigners or strangers. Exodus chapter 22 verse 21 says, do not mistreat a foreigner or oppress him, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
Our God is a fair God, and a God of justice. He demands from us to treat people fairly and friendly. In order to make the Israelites understand how important it is to treat people fairly, he made them had a first-hand experience of slavery, so that they will live all their lives shunning slavery and avoiding mistreating foreigners. There are some things you will never understand until you have a first-hand experience of them.
On the other hand, previous episode of our daily bible study, teaches us that, how you treat a foreigner in your land, determines how you will be treated in a foreign land. Hence, we are advised to always treat people with dignity and respect, irrespective of there race, color or nationality. Doing so as a divine command also comes with its blessings. If you have not watched that video, it is in the playlist, you can watch it after watching today’s episode.
In today’s episode. We will discuss the topic that says, be mindful of whom you elect or select as a leader. In the book of exodus chapter 22, where God enumerated various civil laws for the Israelites, verse 7 to 9 says the following; “If anyone gives a neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house, the thief, if caught, must pay back double. But if the thief is not found, the owner of the house must appear before the judges, and they must determine whether the owner of the house has laid hands on the other person’s property. In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, ‘This is mine,’ both parties are to bring their cases before the judges. The one whom the judges declare guilty must pay back double to the other.
This passage explains how much we need and should rely on our judges to adjudicate sensitive matters in our society.
The question is, how learned and incorruptible are the judges? In one of our daily bible study episodes, we learned about Jethro advising Moses to select wise judges who will assist him in settling disputes among the Israelites. To have a sound judgement, we need incorruptible judges that fear God and do not favor anyone.
We have to be mindful of those we select and elect to lead or serve us. Because the success of our justice system depends on their rulings. This is not only applicable to judges. We also have to be mindful of those we elect and select as leaders in our government, because the success of our government rests on their shoulders. Today’s episode of our daily bible study, is a reminder on why we should be mindful of those we put in authority, because the success of any system depends on those spearheading it.
Therefore, next time you vote to pick a leader, remember to vote in the right person, do not forget that the failure of the system will also affect you, hence make the right decision as and when necessary.
May God always help us select leaders like Moses and Joshua. Amen.
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May the peace of the living God, Almighty, be with you forever and ever, AMEN.