THE LAW CONCERNING VIOLENCE
He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. However, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee. “But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die. “And he who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. “He who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, shall surely be put to death. “And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. “If men contend with each other, and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but is confined to his bed, if he rises again and walks about outside with his staff, then he who struck him shall be acquitted. He shall only pay for the loss of his time, and shall provide for him to be thoroughly healed. “And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished. Notwithstanding, if he remains alive a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his property. “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that [e]she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. “If a man strikes the eye of his male or female servant, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for the sake of his eye. And if he knocks out the tooth of his male or female servant, he shall let him go free for the sake of his tooth.(Exodus 21:12-27).
Going through the scripture above, what I am getting from these warnings is that no one should intentionally harm his neighbor because if they do they will get back the same punishment. Whoever strikes mother and father will be put to death and kidnappers will also be put to death. I never thought there could be kidnappers at that time, but guess what Solomon says there is nothing new under heaven. So all the vices we are seeing today have always been in existence. This is part of the wickedness of man that made God regretted ever creating man. Since there was no scientific analysis of what went on then compared to today, we can only say that things got worse otherwise God would not have sent flood to destroy the first world leaving Noah to start over. Later Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their sexual immorality. From what is happening today I now understand what Bible says, “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (John 1:17-18). Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. That is why the acronym of GRACE is “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense”. This acronym says it all. We are all enjoying the Grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ had paid the price, I don’t have to suffer like I would have under Mosaic law. My sins are completely wiped out through the Blood of Jesus. Thank You Jesus for dying for me and carrying all my sins, my shame and reproaches on the cross.
Brothers and sisters if you can compare the type of punishment reserved for sinners under Mosaic law, with the grace of God that we are now enjoying through our Lord Jesus, we should appreciate our Lord Jesus Christ more by running away from sin, and then living a righteous life. This is what the Lord requires from us once we have accepted our Lord Jesus Christ as our LORD and SAVIOR.Therefore make the Lord Jesus as your LORD and SAVIOR today so that He can empower you to walk with Him till the end of your life. God bless you as you respond to His call today.Amen.