Exodus 21:18-20 KJV
And if men strive together, and one smite another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed:
If he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote him be quit: only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed.
And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.
I am struck with the practical application of the civil laws handed down from God to Moses. I wonder why more of them are not used in courts of law today.
The laws concerning
· Premeditated murder and
· The punishments thereof
seem to follow the wisdom of the Law fairly closely even today.
· Why should not those arguing cases before courts research God's law before they begin digging into court precedent?
· Why wouldn't judges study the Law as their first instruction concerning the sorts of sentences they hand down?
· Certainly Christians would be wise to consult these laws whenever called upon to judge between brethren.
The Law's wisdom in day to day circumstances is marvelous as no doubt it would be given it is from the mind of God. Though specific situations have changed, (not many people are burdened with one man's Ox pushing another) the principles they teach may be applied to almost any situation.
And, though salvation does not come from the keeping of the Law, the wisdom of the Law still stands as a reasonable guide in settling the disputes people invariably have.