The detail of the law in Scripture is always to point people toward holiness.
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Psalm 119: 1Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. 2 Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.
Read - Exodus 21-22
As you read today’s text you can probably see the formation of many of the laws of our country as well as many other countries before us. God’s justice and mercy would be shown through-out as he would protect the innocent and punish the guilty.
From slavery to the ‘sojourner’, God didn’t leave much to chance or interpretation in how to protect life. Do we strive to do the same?
Ultimately, holiness is a character quality of God and God alone. Verse 31 of Chapter 22 shows God explaining a key reason of why the law was given to them - so that they would be His Holy People. God did, and does, point us toward holiness. Certainly, as we prove unable to perfectly keep the law we prove unable to attain perfect holiness without Divine Intervention. That points us forward to God chosen way of fulfilling the law for us through the perfect life and death of Jesus.
Lord, I desire to be holy as you are holy. Help my actions and words to be faithful and obedient, both for my good and Your glory.
There is much discussion in our culture today in how to respond to refugees. This is a good thing and the Bible has much to say about it. For a New Testament glimpse at how Jesus directed us to show compassion read Matthew 25:34-40.
In the New Covenant, Jesus would summarize the law as ‘Loving God and Loving Others’. These chapters unfold some very specific ways to do that. Even in the harshness of the punishment when these laws were broken we see God fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves. This is a big thing to Know about God. When He says He will not leave nor forsake you, He took great measure to make sure that His people would live accordingly.