“If a man strikes the eye of his male or female servant, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for the sake of his eye. And if he knocks out the tooth of his male or female servant, he shall let him go free for the sake of his tooth.” (Exodus 21:26-27)
Perhaps you’re thinking, “What can I possibly learn from these verses that would inspire me today?” Consider this: the Scripture acknowledges that, in this fallen world, there are people who are less fortunate than others. There will always be poor among as well as the lame, deaf and blind. In short, there are those the Bible refers to as the “least of these.” Furthermore, God doesn’t necessarily micromanage humanity but He does instruct His people to be conscious of the fact that He is watching and observing what goes on. More specifically, He takes note of how we treat the “least of these.”
So then, those who found themselves in service to a master and were physically abused by that master, were granted their freedom. Just because they were in a compromised position didn’t mean they were fair game for mistreatment. God set standards in place that were designed to protect those who were in such a situation. As for the masters, we would presume that they wouldn’t be keen on the idea of losing the benefit of having servants. So in a manner of speaking, God let them know they would be wise to treat the misfortunate with kindness and justice.
As for you and I, we should be well aware of how Messiah regards those who are the “least of these my brethren.” When we treat them with contempt and disregard, we risk being disqualified from entering the kingdom. On the other hand, when we minister to them with kindness and compassion, Yeshua said, we have done these things unto Him. Therefore, it behooves us all to make certain we have a place in our heart for those who are less fortunate. An important part of our calling is treat those less fortunate than ourselves with mercy and justice, knowing that what we sow is what we will reap.
Blessings and Shalom,