Today’s Torah Commentary from Exodus 21:1 – 19
The Second Book of the Torah, “Shemot,” “Names.”
This weeks reading is “Mishpatim,” “Judgments.”
Today we begin reading the “rest of the commandments.”
GOD has spoken, with HIS own voice, to the people, giving them the first ten utterances, a.k.a. “commandments,” from HIS Holy Mountain.
The people have cried out to Moses/Moshe, that he hear from GOD and bring the Words of GOD to them and they will do all that HE commands.
GOD continues with the laws Moshe must set before the people.
HE follows HIS first ten with the instructions concerning slavery. The terms of ownership and freedom of a slave, even concerning the slaves with families.
These laws, or instructions, or commandments, however you wish to call them, cover both male and female slaves, and the provisional concerns of having them in your service.
HE then continues with the laws of both murder and what we today refer to as manslaughter. The provisions for both as well as the consequential judgments.
HE does however pass judgement on those who would intentionally murder, including with them in this judgement, those who intentionally injure or curses their Father or Mother. These people are to be put to death.
HE continues with the laws and judgments of kidnapping. This too GOD obviously see’s in the same light as murder.
HE continues concerning any two men who may fight and one injures the other causing disability or for him to be bedridden, the one who caused the injury shall be acquitted, yet he must pay the victims loss of work and provide for his complete cure.
Reading these continued commandments, beyond the first ten, we can see a very interesting theme being created.
GOD does nothing randomly, HE is a GOD of order, and all things are for HIS purpose.
HE has spoken these first commandments beginning with HIS being GOD, our having No Other god’s before HIM and our having no idols of any kind.
Here HE continues with the concerns and provisions of slavery and murder.
It seems obvious that GOD wants to cover the issues hitting closest to home for the people.
They have just come out of Egypt where there were many gods and idols. Where they were slaves and where Moshe had committed murder.
What can we learn from these continued commandments?
Do we see these as a continuation of the first ten, or do we separate them?
When we think of the commandments of GOD, do we naturally stop at the first ten, like the secular world, or do we continue in all of HIS commandments?
What are your thoughts on these scriptures?
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