[CF Devotionals] 2020-11-15 - All in the Family A. Social Law

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  1. Social Law

Exodus Study Continued

  1. . The Penalty for Irresponsible Actions:
    Personal Injury Laws

This section deals with the necessity of taking responsibility for one's actions. The primary focus is on controlling livestock, and while the parallel to controlling children may be tempting, we will withstand the temptation. First, if an animal such as an ox, kills a person, the animal is to be destroyed, not much different from today. But if the animal had behaved in such a way that the owner could be expected to have anticipated the action, then the owner is personally held responsible, and would be put to death himself. This might be argued as being similar to an individual driving while drunk. Knowing that driving drunk is potentially dangerous if the driver kills someone with his car, it could be argued that he should be put to death on a similar basis.

Apparently, because the death isn’t premeditated but irresponsible, the owner of the animal was given the opportunity to make restitution instead of being put to death.

If a slave is killed, then not only is the animal put to death, but the owner has to recompense the master of the slave.

This verse really ends the section that has to do with personal injury. The next verses open the section dealing with property rights, and so we will stop here.

Conclusion: The important principle to pick up from this section is the reinforcement of that laid down in the commandment to preserve human life. God values the lives of the individual, whether man or women, adult or child, bond or free.

We, as believers, must recognize we have a responsibility to all, that we are called to love and serve all, just as the Lord does.

John 3:16, NIV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”..

Matthew 28:19 (NASB) “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”...“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (1 John 3:16; John 13:35 ESV).


Study to be Continued

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