DON’T EXPLOIT WEAKNESSES
Leviticus 19:14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.
Beyond curses, all manner of words that are uttered are not registered by a deaf person because their sense of hearing is lost. So what if the words spoken were meant to encourage, admonish, rebuke or warn?
The second image is that of a blind person- the blind walk with some guidance and may be able to tell if obstacles lie ahead of them. It therefore takes real intention to cause malice for one to place an obstacle on the path of the blind.
These two images are intended to draw our eyes to the weaknesses of others that we can readily take advantage of. Today’s message is an admonishing: ‘the weaknesses of others which we don’t have suggests an edge over them, but those vulnerabilities should not be exploited. In doing so, we might miss out on opportunities to become helpers.