The ‘Do Nots’

When I was reading in Exodus a verse jumped out that I investigated. Exodus 23:8 says, “And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous.”
I looked it up in several commentary’s but it didn’t give the sense I was looking for. I asked one of my pastors to research it for me in his commentaries. Then he gave me his bottom line which nailed it for me.
There should be NO price that causes us to distort the truth. Psalm 15:1 asks the question of who can abide in God’s tabernacle. Verse 2 says, “He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.”
When I was reading in Ecclesiastes I found another verse that underlines the verse in Exodus. Ecclesiastes 7:7 says, “…a bribe debases the heart.” The Amplified says, “…a bribe destroys the understanding and judgment.”
The Bible is full of instructions that will keep us from perverting truth by going our own way. His words of truth lead us into truth and wisdom through His way.
Here is another warning verse. Ecclesiastes 10:1 says, “Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.”
Ignoring the ‘do nots’ will ruin our testimony. It is essential to intentionally read God’s word daily to gain wisdom. The Holy Spirit leads us in our reading. I have never taken a bribe, but I have ignored some ‘do nots’ and have suffered the consequences. The path of disobedience is hard, but the path of obedience is strewn with grace.

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