Help your brother recover his things

Deuteronomy Bible Background

Old Testament: Deu 22.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 20–22 on March 13, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

If one of the children of Israel found a wandering ox or sheep or something, the one who found it was not to claim it as his own, but he was to look for the owner, and if he could not, the Lord gave instructions for that instance also:

“You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep going astray, and hide yourself from them; you shall certainly bring them back to your brother. And if your brother is not near you, or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it to your own house, and it shall remain with you until your brother seeks it; then you shall restore it to him. You shall do the same with his donkey, and so shall you do with his garment; with any lost thing of your brother’s, which he has lost and you have found, you shall do likewise; you must not hide yourself.”

– Deuteronomy 22.1–3

That was just being thoughtful, looking out for your brother. The attitude that was behind these actions could really bless our world.


  • Do you think and act as the Lord instructed Israel in this instance?
  • Has someone recovered your lost things?

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