Signs of the Times

The Second Mile

The Rev. W. T. BurkittSouthern Press, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Jesus commended to his disciples the law of the second mile. When the Romans conquered Palestine they brought with them a custom borrowed from the Persians. Any Roman official or soldier could command any Jew or his beast to carry his baggage a mile ... "Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain." said Jesus. Obey the recognized law, but show at the same time that there is something in you beyond and higher than the law.

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