16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
16 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners. (NLT)
The straightforward meaning is that you cannot trust everyone. If someone asks for money, you should ask for collateral to ensure you get your money back. It is just like a bank asking for a down payment, or a business asking for a deposit on a service or product.
Getting into an Apartment Home
Apartment buildings have a standard practice of taking a security deposit from incoming tenants. This is to help cover any costs the tenant may incur by leaving early, damaging property, or breaking the law on the premises.
The poorer the credit of a prospective tenant, the higher the security deposit may be.
With great credit, a tenant is able to move in with little to no security deposit as a sign of trust and respect.
Getting into Our Heavenly Home
Thanks to a little act committed by Adam and Eve, we all fall into the same group. Our credit with God is very poor, and we have proven ourselves untrustworthy time and again.. To go home with God requires a security deposit so large that we could never pay it.
Therefore, God paid it for us.
Jesus became a Man. He built up the trust and credit by doing something no one else could: He lived perfectly according to God’s will and laws.
He paid our deposit by sacrificing Himself on a cross and rising from the dead three days later.
Jesus paid it all, for each of us.
All we must do is accept.
Lord, thank You for the cross and paying the cost we could not. Help us to live by Your example for Your glory through the help of the Holy Spirit.