A Really Good Lawyer

by Stan Mitchell
Did you know there is a lawyer that is scarier than either Gloria Allred or F. Lee Bailey?
“The Lord tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow’s boundaries” (Proverbs 15:25, ESV).
In ancient Israel, the barbed wire fencing so common in the American west of today, did not exist, so boundaries for land was often marked by a cairn. A cairn is nothing more than a pile of stones, set to mark the corner of a property. Often they would pour whitewash over the stones to make them more visible.
The point of which is to say that it would be very easy for someone to move the stones twenty feet or so over, thus reducing the size of his neighbor’s land. It would be even easier to do this if the neighbor was a widow, whose husband was no longer alive to defend her rights.
Because you can do something does not mean that you should do it, of course. And the book of Proverbs is adamant that there is someone who looks after the welfare of society’s most vulnerable elements. Widows, orphans, the unborn – all of these people have a defense lawyer.
“Do not move an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless, for their Redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you” (Proverbs 23:10,11).
Don’t cheat the helpless just because you’re stronger than they are; they have the Most High-Powered lawyer on their side!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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