Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses).
This week’s verse is Matthew 5:41…
“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.”
At the time Jesus spoke these words, the Jews were under the bondage of the Roman Government.
The Romans made slaves of the Jews. And one of the things they routinely made them do was carry their burdens.
For example: If a Roman had a pack on his back and he came across a Jew, he would compel him to carry the burden for him. By law, he could compel him to carry it 1 mile.
Those who have studied the culture of that day say each Jewish boy had a mile marked off in all
directions from his home. And, when they came to the mark, they would refuse to carry the burden any longer.
Jesus declared that this attitude was not the Christian one. A Christian should be willing to go the 2nd mile.
Check back with this blog in a day or 2… and we’ll look at this 2nd mile a little closer.