The Good Law Maker

 

A cursory view of Exodus 19-24 (written to the children of Israel).  [The Lord does all things well.]

The Lord doesn’t tolerate people idolizing other things, and His name is important.

The Lord’s people give employees weekly rest, and we’re to honor our parents.

The Lord’s people are not murderers or adulterers.

The Lord’s people don’t steal, nor do they lie about other people.

The Lord’s people are content with what they have.

The Lord is a consuming fire who produces thunder, lightning, clouds, trumpets, and smoke.

He does such things to cause us to revere Him and not live sinfully.

The Lord instigated a system of peace offerings and sincere sacrifice, and promised to bless.

But there is only One Way—no manmade deviation.

Slaves were to be treated rightly.

Death penalty for murderers, any who hit or curse their parents, kidnappers, or one who kills his slave.

Involuntary manslaughter is punishable by allowing the perpetrator to flee.

If someone hurts somebody in a fight, he pays for his lost wages and doctor bills.

If a pregnant woman gives birth prematurely due to a brawl, the father fines the perpetrator.

But if there is harm, then life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

There are laws of restitution regarding farm animal injury or death, loss due to fire, etc.

If a man takes a woman’s virginity, he pays the dowry; he must also marry her unless the father refuses.

These all must die: witches, any who commit bestiality, and any who sacrifice to any god but The Lord.

Treat strangers well.

Don’t afflict widows or orphans, or the Lord will make your wives and children widowed and fatherless.

Don’t charge interest to the poor, and don’t take their bare necessities as collateral.

Don’t curse The Lord or rulers.

Bring firstfruits to The Lord; the firstborn are His also.

Be holy; flesh torn by beasts is to be given to the dogs.

Don’t conspire to lie.

Don’t follow the masses in doing evil, including in judicial matters—and don’t be partial to the poor in court.

Help even your enemy.  For instance, if you see his animal has escaped, return it to him.

Don’t attempt to sway the judge with false charges, and take no bribe.  The Lord will not acquit the guilty.

Give the farmland a rest.

There were many laws regarding feasts, offerings, and sacrifices.

“Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you… do not be rebellious toward him…”

If Israel obeyed and remained set apart, they would be forgiven, blessed, healed, numerous, and protected.

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2 Responses to The Good Law Maker

  1. larryboy says:

    Laura You are soooo talented! You know your Bible. Did you also remember that God promised the cloud by day and the fire by night and the Angel (Jesus) to go before them and protect them: but at the Valley of Sin (next to Mt. Shechem) God gave up and told them to remove their talisman or he wouldn’t go before them?
    Moses interceded, reminding God that He had promised to bring them into the Land of Milk and Honey. What would the other nations think if God destroyed all of Israel and made a new nation out of Moses. and God finally agreed that he wouldn’t consume the Israelites but the Angel he would send before them would be an ordinary angel and not The Rock that followed. Remember?
    That is good writing you are doing!
    Keep it up, please!

    • elsiephoebe says:

      Indeed, in this passage God’s interaction with Israel and their response is so important as we read of God’s provision and character.
      Methinks I “abridgeth” too much. 😉 Thanks.

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