You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn.
Here is the commentary of biblical scholar Matthew Henry in regards to this verse.
“This is a charge to husbandmen. It teaches us to make much of the animals that serve us. But we must learn, not only to be just, but kind to all who are employed for the good of our better part, our souls.”
“Be kind to all who are employed..”
When this verse was written Moses was giving the laws of God to the Israelites. There was no official form of government other than Moses and the appointed leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel. There was no capital filled with career politicians. Yet somehow from way back then the words still apply today.
Today we are the oxen treading out the corn for government. Without the taxpayer all forms of our modern governments would cease to exist. Most governments are bankrupt both morally and financially, but because we the oxen get up and tread through the day the cash keeps flowing.
But the oxen have been muzzled!
Oh I know we do have our freedom of speech but really, we are and have been muzzled.
There is the age old question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”
Well, if you voice your opinion to your “leaders” and they don’t listen, if they choose not to hear it, did you even have an opinion? If you have an opinion, how do you even get anyone to hear it?
Mass media will drown out any sound the oxen make if it doesn’t fit the agenda. They muzzle the words, burying it in a heaping pile of mundane, mindless entertainment. And if the words do manage to break the bonds of the muzzle and are heard, they are drown out by insults and ridicule. The same goes for social media.
Your leaders, the employers we the taxpayers work for (I know they tell you that they work for you but if you believe that just stop reading this and tune into the latest episode at the Kardashian whorehouse.), they place the muzzle on the oxen, we who tread out the corn.
Have you ever written you leader? Have you ever voiced your displeasure with their work, or tried to let them know if you disagree with what they have done? In this day and age of technology it’s very easy to do. Just send them an email.
Do you know what happens to your email?
It goes straight to a junk folder never to be read and only used to gain your email address so they can keep you up to date on the great job they are doing for you, their oxen.
Again they muzzle the oxen, the ones who get up every day and tread the corn. At the end of the day when the hay is being distributed of course they take their share first.
What about our vote. The last vestige for freedom of speech.
From what I see in the world, it appears that when the results from the oxen being un-muzzled doesn’t fit the power structure and threatens the power structure, the “leaders” look to see what they can do to keep that muzzle on the oxen.
Matthew Henry’s commentary at the end says, “But we must learn not only to be just but kind to all who are employed for the good of our better part, our souls.”
I guess that confirms my suspicions about politicians, they have no souls.
So for those of you who would take this verse and throw it in the face of businesses and corporations, which it should be, be sure to also turn it to those wonderful leaders who are telling you to throw it and toss it right back at them.
Then watch how fast the muzzles come out.
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