The first nine verses of Exodus 23 are devoted mostly to this subject. The people of God must be honest and trustworthy in judicial processes and in their interactions with others in general. Exodus 23:1-3 and 6-9 deal with how we should act in court.
Exodus 23:4-5 tells us not to take the name of the Lord in vain. This command applies to everyone, whether they are religious or not religious. We should not use the name of the Lord as a form of disrespect, even if someone else does it first.
Exodus 23:6-8 tells us not to serve two masters. We should not work for money and benefit ourselves at the same time. If working for money is taking the Lord's name in vain, then yes, we are being disrespectful.
Exodus 23:9 tells us not to forsake the congregation. We should not leave our church community, no matter what reasons there may be for doing so.
These nine verses cover some very important topics. It is helpful to know how to act in court, not to use the name of the Lord in vain, not to serve two masters, and not to abandon the congregation.
In this passage, God explains the ramifications of accepting bribes. They are unable to treat others fairly or deal with situations effectively after accepting bribes. They will most likely behave against their consciences, abandon morals, and be unable to maintain the truth or side with the righteous, resulting in the incorrect decision. Bribes can affect anyone, at any time, for any reason. However, there are times when they are necessary and acceptable.
Bribery is the act of giving someone something in exchange for them doing you a favor. In ancient Egypt, bribes were common practices used by influential people to get things done faster or easier. Bribery is wrong because it violates natural law; however, there are times when it is acceptable. For example, if an Egyptian doctor needed to bring food to a patient who was sick, he could do so without being punished as long as he told the patient that he did it out of compassion. The patient had the right to accept or refuse the gift, but would not have been able to work effectively if he refused.
In the Old Testament, bribery is defined as giving someone else's child a reward to perform a task or not report someone else's wrongdoing. It is wrong because it causes damage to the relationship between parents and children by treating ones like objects instead of individuals with rights. However, there are times when it is necessary.
Bible Verses Concerning God's Promises to Israel Exodus 6:6-8 (KJV). "I am the LORD; I will lift you out from under the load of the Egyptians; I will rescue you from their bonds; and I will redeem you with an extended arm and tremendous judgements," declare the LORD to the children of Israel. I will accept you as my people and become your God.
God, who has always been faithful to his promises, continues to show his faithfulness to Israel today, even though they have failed to keep their promises to him.
Their failure to keep their promise to be one nation under God has caused them to be put on probation. But thanks be to God for all he has done!
He will never leave nor forsake them.
Israel was chosen by God to be his special treasure, redeemed by his blood. He loves them too much to let them go forever.
His heart is so full of love for them that he wants to save everyone through Jesus Christ. And since they will not trust in him alone but also in themselves, he will continue to bring good things about them until the end of time.