This chapter is a continuation of the two previous ones in giving varied instructions.
Punishments were to be righteously administered and were never to be excessive. It is interesting to notice what excessive punishment is to the mind of God. It is anything which makes our brother appear vile in our sight. Perhaps no word of these varied instructions reveals more clearly than this the divine sense of the rights of personality.
The next word was concerned with the wrong of muzzling the ox that treadeth out the corn. It would seem that whereas undoubtedly this was applicable first to animals, it also had a spiritual significance. At least it was so referred to by Paul (see 1 Corinthians 9:810).
The law of the kinsman redeemer, which provided for the perpetuation of the line of descent in Israel of one dying without issue was enunciated at this time. Just measures were insisted upon and the people were solemnly warned to maintain their antagonism to Amalek.
Moses' very lack of system or order in setting forth these sundry laws is in itself suggestive. It would seem to say to us that we may approach life in any of its activities or relationships, knowing that God is always interested; and, more, that He has a purpose and a method which it is our business to discover and obey.
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25