This section of Exodus is filled with various laws that are hard to understand in our American way of thinking, laws of personal injury, property rights, ownership of slaves, and others. To pull these two chapters out and comment on them is beyond me.
In Matthew 23 Jesus is near the end of His ministry and about done with His encounters with the religious leaders. He looks at them and their utter hypocrisy accusing them of seating themselves in Moses seat, which is an illusion to the authority of Moses receiving and dispensing the Law that Jehovah revealed during the Exodus. The pharisees had no such authority to rewrite or add to the Law of Moses, yet they did it. This was their utmost rejection of anything Holy or sacred, such was their pride and vanity. Then He lays out the Eight woes to them. Woe to you for you are distorting truth so much that no one following your instruction will ever get through to heaven. Woe to you for you have zero compassion for the even the most vulnerable. Woe to you for as you teach others your ways they become less fit for heaven than you. Woe to you for you are blind guides only interested in money. Woe to you for you select only the parts of the Law that you desire to obey, while ignoring the more weighty ones that can actually benefit others. Woe to you for though you look righteous on the outward appearance you are rotten inside. Woe to you for you honor the tombs of the prophets your very fathers killed, and swear you wouldn’t have allowed it if you had been there, but live the exact same life style of your fathers. Your deeds will prove my words correct.
Psalm 13 is one of the saddest psalms because it reveals the despair felt by David as he waited for God to respond. I am sure that some of us have had similar experiences, wondering if God is even listening, or cares. “How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?” ” Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death.”
As life throws it’s curve balls at us, we personally are experiencing mental health issues in our family. We are finding it’s quite a maze to navigate through. Understanding their state of mind, our state of response, how and when to properly respond, what to actually pray for, what are realistic expectations, looking for improvement, and hoping for healing. Then there are grandchildren to be concerned about for their care and what we can do to help them. Yet we realize there are no quick fixes and agree with David at the end of this Psalm, “But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”