A while back, I read these words from Zechariah 7:9-10: Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.” (NKJV)
The context here is of God reminding Zechariah that these were commands He expected His people to fulfill – and they didn’t. Because they “refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears” (v. 11), God’s anger was aroused and the people were punished in two big ways: God would not hear their prayers and He scattered them to all nations.
Here are the five things God commanded then and, I believe, He expects His children to practice today. May we all be found faithful in these things in the coming New Year:
– Execute true justice.
– Show mercy and compassion to others.
– Do not oppress widows or orphans.
– Be kind to strangers and to the poor.
– Don’t plan to do bad things to others.
I was reminded of the cowboy’s Code of the West. Yes, it really does exist. The five main codes were: be courageous, be hospitable, be loyal, be considerate, and be honest. A pretty good “code” to live by in this coming New Year.
Just for fun, and for your enlightenment, here are five more codes from the Code of the West, especially for us gents:
– Never spit in the presence of a lady.
– Never try on another man’s hat.
– Cuss all you want, but only around men, horses, and cows.
– Never shoot a woman, no matter what.
– Always fill your coffee cup to the brim.
Just thought you’d like to know!
Happy New Year.