You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the
wise and perverts the words of the righteous.
Bible says that when Moses' father-in-law came to visit Moses,
he worried about Moses. He saw how tired Moses looked. Every
day, many people came to Moses with their problems. Anytime
there was fighting among the campers they came to Moses to help
them settle their differences. Jethro suggested that a team of
people be selected to help Moses deal with the camper's problems
(Exodus 8: 21). Jethro mentioned a special kind of person to be
picked. He needed to be a person who would not accept a bribe.
What is a bribe? It is a present of value. It might be money, or
special food, or an animal. It might be special clothes, jewelry
or a golden box to hold jewelry. It might even be a car, or a
ticket to a baseball game. Everyone likes gifts. But sometimes
you are not to accept the present. Sometimes it is given to make
you feel like you must not tell the truth, or not look for the
truth. Don't take that gift.
children are urged to take a gift of a little car or Lego set so
that they will not tell their parents about something bat that
happened. Maybe something was broken or stolen. A cookie might
be offered to keep you from telling that brother got into the
cookie jar between meals while mother was out in the garden. The
cookie looks so good, it is hard to say no. But remember the
Bible says not to take a bribe. The Bible says, "He who
hates bribes, will live." Proverbs 15: 27
was speeding really fast in his new car. When he looked in his
rear view mirror, he saw red and blue lights flashing. Then he
heard a siren. He knew he had disobeyed the speed limit. The
tall policeman came up to his car. He wrote a $200 ticket. Mike
did not like his punishment. Mike talked to his lawyer and it
was suggested that he get a gold coin for the policeman that was
worth $100. In court, the policeman told the judge that there
had been a mistake. Mike left the court very happy that his
record did not have any bad marks on it. If it did, his car
insurance would cost him more each month. The policeman changed
his story because he was happy to have the gold coin. He lied.
Was that right?
be hard to turn down a bribe. It is hard to say, "No, it is
written, 'You shall not take a bribe', (Deuteronomy 16: 19). God
needs people on His team who cannot be bought or sold. Would you
like to be on God's team?