Wise Saying #25:
“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” (24:11-12)
We cannot hide from our duty to “Love our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22:39). In light of our moral responsibilities toward others, God expects us to help and protect those who are in danger. With today’s saying, the Wiseman further expands the call of Saying #24 to act with strength in times of adversity. Rather than narrowing down his admonition to exact situations, the Wiseman uses an a fortiori argumentation, meaning, the greater includes the lesser. So, if we would deliver someone from “death” and “the slaughter,” how much more then should we act in lesser crises? (Honestly I think this is where we fail the most. We would save someone from a burning car, but callously ignore someone in a sin-filled, messed up life.)
So, in whatever circumstance we see someone in danger, whether it is physical or spiritual in nature, we must show our mettle and intervene to save a life and a soul. God will not excuse us for our cowardice lack of moral courage to do the right thing. If we turn a blind eye to the plight of others, the omniscient and omnipotent God will turn a blind eye to us in our distress. But, if we help others our blessed God will help us. May the Father above, give us courage to aid others in their time of distress.
This week’s theme: The Thirty Sayings of the Wiseman