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Scheming Against One Another

October 9th, 2016 · No Comments

Zechariah 7:10 (New Living Translation)

Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other.

Notice the “do not” items mentioned in the first sentence. They are horrible—oppressing the helpless. These are obviously bad.

How did the second sentence come right after the first. “Scheming against one another.” First, one another refers to peers, not the helpless. Second, scheming means planning (right?). It’s just thinking about something. It isn’t actually doing anything like oppressing the helpless. Right?

God abhors the thoughts we have against our fellow man. That is quite a New Testament concept to be buried back there in the writings of the prophet Zechariah.

It is there. Where am I? What are my thoughts, plans, and schemes?

Tags: Old Testament · Zechariah

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