21 ‘Do not ill-treat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
22 ‘Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. 23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. 24 My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.
25 ‘If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest. 26 If you take your neighbour’s cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset, 27 because that cloak is the only covering your neighbour has. What else can they sleep in? When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
It’s all to easy to skip over the lists of commandments in the Old Testament. Many don’t apply to us as they are to do with being a nomadic people or to do with the Temple worship, but it pays us not to skim past as they do reveal the heart of God for how we relate to him and each other. Sections like today’s speak of a God of compassion who loves all, including those who are less fortunate or vulnerable. As God’s People, we are called to express the same compassion in all our relationships.