From The Tent Door

From The Tent Door
Yvonne S. Waite

My Daily Blessing from My Daily Bible Reading

with meditations by my mother, Poetess Gertrude Sanborn


 Exodus 22:12 -- Exodus 25:14


Exodus 23:4

"If thou meet thine enemy’s ox. . .going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again."

     When I look at this verse, I do not think of the "enemy" like the enemies associated with war. No--I think of neighbors and acquaintances and former friends who are no longer as close to us as they used to be.

     If we lived on a farm--and many do--we could envision a cow or a horse going astray. The proper thing to do is to corral that animal and take it back to the owner, even if that owner was an "enemy." Or at least, we should phone the owner.

     One time one of our sons saw a thief on a neighbor’s porch stealing a bicycle. Immediately, I called the neighbor. The neighbor was nonchalant about it. In fact, he did not seem to care. Maybe he did not believe me. The next day he called me and asked what I knew about the thief on his porch. The bike had been stolen! I had done my job. I had been a good neighbor.

     We live in the suburbs and do not have farm animals. I have never seen a stray sheep or pig walk by our house here in Collingswood. But, upon occasion, I have seen a dog or a cat, or a raccoon, rabbit, or possum. (The other night a coyote was spied by some friends.) If I knew the dog or cat was lost--and I knew the owner, I would contact him or her, even if that person was not a "friend" to me.

     A month or so ago, we received a flier from a desperate dog owner. I did not know the dog or the owner. The dog had gone astray. I kept the flyer. I was concerned. I called the owner. She said the dog had returned. I wanted to find out more about the dog and make a friend of the owner. She was most impolite! She did not care that I cared. I had done my part.

     So as I look at this verse, I believe the verse means that there are certain kindnesses and amenities that a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ should perform towards others, even if there is a division of some kind between the owner of the animal and the Christian. You may or may not make a friend--but that is not the point. We should be kind and concerned.

     The next verse instructs the children of Israel that even if one of them sees a burdened-down donkey of an owner who hates them, the Israelite should help the beast. This is just common courtesy and friendship even to those who dislike us--even if we receive no recognition for our good deed. God keeps the records! (ysw)


There is so much "truth" to speak!   
There is also much "love" to give. 
Speak with a loving heart.  
Someone has said that it is hard to exhort and be gracious at the same time, 
For self gets in the way.  Why should a Christian have to be thus exhorted? (GGS)

(Ephesians 4:15)


And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.  And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.  (Genesis 18:10)

Under God's Care,

Yvonne S. Waite

Bible For Today Baptist Church
-- Collingswood, NJ 08108 --
Phone:  856-854-4747

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