13 The Lord takes his place in court;
he rises to judge the people.
14 The Lord enters into judgment
against the elders and leaders of his people:
“It is you who have ruined my vineyard;
the plunder from the poor is in your houses.
15 What do you mean by crushing my people
and grinding the faces of the poor?”
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.
If you take advantage of the poor, you will be judged harshly. The fact that leaders of Judah were doing it was worse.
The history of the world is filled with examples of corrupt and decadent people not only ignoring but abusing the poor among them.
I just finished watching a movie about how Stalin starved millions in the Ukraine. What was even more significant was leadership in the West either knowingly suppressed the truth or mocked it mercilessly once it did make it in the news. Which was worse? Both were evil.
Hearing and revisiting some of these atrocities we are able to see why God wanted to harshly judge those who took advantage of the poor.
Unfortunately, there are modern governments right now who are guilty of these abuses of power.
Our attitude as believers should be that of helping the poor and abused wherever you see it. Some may even be called upon to speak out against it. If you’re in that category, you can expect fierce opposition and swift retribution. But, thankfully, if you’re called to try to stop it, nothing short of death will prevent you from exposing the abuses.