Read: Exodus 21:v.23; Luke 22:47-51
Reflect: To our thinking, an eye for an eye seems barbaric. To the Israelites coming out of slavery, an eye for an eye seems just and fair. Jesus provides the turning point for us: No more of this! When Jesus heals the slave’s ear, he rights the wrong with mercy. He will be the sacrifice. Have you ever reached a point when trying to keep things just and fair feels wrong? Have you shouted, “No more of this!” and granted mercy instead? What happened as a result? What happens when there is no mercy?
Write: Here or privately.
Recite: …for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of the parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:5-6
Pray: Almighty God, help me to obey you in all things. Thank you for your mercy and love. Amen.