October 27 2016 – relating rightly to God means relating rightly to others.

In Nehemiah chapter 5, Nehemiah addresses the Jews who were “exacting usury” from their fellow Jews (verse 7). Usury means the illegal practice of lending money at unreasonably high rates of interest.

The rich nobles and rulers of the land were doing this to those who were poorer. Mosaic law specifically forbid the charging of interest to the poor (Exodus 22:25) and this practice was contrary to the charitable spirit of the law in general. Greed and covetousness motivated these wealthier Jews.

Nehemiah went on to challenge them that what they were doing was not good and that they were not fearing God (verse 9).

He reminded them that there was a direct link between fearing God, relating rightly to God and relating rightly to their fellow man, treating people right.

We must always remember that. Fearing God, relating rightly to Him, loving Him must always translate into our relationships with others. We cannot relate rightly to God but not relate rightly to our fellow man, fail to treat people right.

Relating rightly to God means relating rightly to others.



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