Though many of the laws in our Exodus passage are not directly applicable to our lives today, the truth behind it still is - human life has value because we are made in God's image, and we are to treat each other with the dignity and respect.
Unfortunately, our society does not have respect for all human life. Abby Johnson (pro-life advocate) said this on her Facebook page today:
Of course we have euthanasia. Of course we have child abuse. Of course we have violent crime.
What else would we expect? When we don't value the most defenseless among us in the womb, why would we value them after they are born?
This theme is carried over into our Thessalonians passage and the persecution of the saints. Christians are persecuted at an alarming rate in our day and age. Thankfully, God has promised not only to give them the grace to endure, but that ultimately justice will be done. I need to remember to pray for those suffering horrific persecution for their faith in Jesus - and be willing to stand up for my faith.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Exodus 23-24; 2 Thessalonians 2