|Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain. |
|Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. |
|You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing. |
|Deuteronomy 25:4 |
CommentaryMuzzling the ox would have kept the ox from eating from the grain while it worked. This command from the laws of Moses reminds us that it is not unreasonable to provide for the needs of an animal that is producing profit for us. Remember that this was written after God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt; where they were treated as little more than animals. To allow the ox to eat the grain that it's treading tells us that He cares that we benefit from the results of our work.
Today's commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, Grace NYC