“You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless, or take a widow's garment in pledge, but you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this.
“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.
by: Michaella Osborn.
When we think of justice, we usually think of courtrooms and evil being punished. But throughout Scripture, God paints a picture of justice that is wider than that. His desire is for His people to act mercifully towards others as a reflection of His own mercy towards them. In this passage, God directed the Israelites to give up what would have meant more profit so that those in need could be provided for. Through this sacrifice, He promised to bless the work of their hands and provide for them. What would it look like for Christians today to leave the forgotten sheaf or not beat the trees a second time?