July 17, 2018
Read Exodus 21
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Scripture- Exodus 21:23-25- But if there is further injury, the punishment must match the injury: a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise.
Observations- Many of the laws listed in this chapter were to provide graceful limits for behavior we would be completed appalled by 3500 years later. We have to understand the idea of "an eye for an eye" was a way to limit the revenge someone could take; that is, if you put out my eye, I would not be allowed to kill you or a member of your family. This was an important limit for a time period known for wholesale revenge.
Application- 1500 years later Jesus, the Son of God, coming to fulfill the true intent of the given law says in Matthew 5:38-39: "You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also." Given the new covenant and the law being written on our hearts many of the Old Testament laws no longer apply, especially when they are given new meaning in the New Testament.
Prayer- (by Teresa of Avila- 1515-1582) Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices. Amen.
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