2020-12-14 - All in the Familty
Exodus Chapters 21-23
A. Social Law
This might be seen as the grasshopper and ant passage.. In this case if Farmer Brown has overgrazed his land so that he “accidentally” lets his animal escape, and it grazes on farmer Jones‘ land, Brown must make restitution from the best of his own land. I‘m not sure if this means other fields he hadn‘t overgrazed, or when his field had put forth new produce, then he had to pay off. This would encourage responsible husbandry.
If a field were accidentally burned, then the one who was responsible for the fire has to make restitution for the losses. In Israel, there would be controlled burning, and the requirement was simply to take adequate precautions.
Again, we are dealing with law that would tend to force people to be more careful with their actions. If we would be more consistent with the laws that require parents to be financially responsible for the damage committed by their children, they would probably keep a tighter rein on them. Of course, where we say on one hand you are financially responsible for your kids, but on the other hand, we wouldn‘t allow you to discipline your children, then we are creating the “Catch 22” situation that is undermining the family.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.