Eight Commandment: Do Not Steal
16 “Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be put to death, whether the victim has been sold or is still in the kidnapper’s possession. (Exodus 21:16)
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. (Matthew 18:6-10)
Thoughts: Kidnapping is perhaps the worst kind of stealing, for it is the stealing of a human being. Yesterday in Lahore, Pakistan, Warren Weinstein was kidnapped. He was working to help the needy in tribal areas. Weinstein has a Phd in International Law and Economics, and was fluent in six languages. Our church had a mission trip to Mexico cancelled because of the rise of the number of kidnapped Americans along the Mexico-USA border. Stealing a person is serious to God. In the Old Testament it was a capital offense (Ex. 21:17; Dt. 24:7). In the New Testament Jesus gave a stern warning against those who would hurt a child.
Prayer: Give me grace, O Lord, to respect the life and freedom of another person. We pray for those kidneapped and for their families that you would bring restoration and peace, thwarting the evil plans of those who cause harm.