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Exodus 21:28 When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall not be liable. 29 If the ox has been accustomed to gore in the past, and its owner has been warned but has not restrained it, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death. 30 If a ransom is imposed on the owner, then the owner shall pay whatever is imposed for the redemption of the victim’s life. 31 If it gores a boy or a girl, the owner shall be dealt with according to this same rule. 32 If the ox gores a male or female slave, the owner shall pay to the slaveowner thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned. 

Much of this section of the book of Exodus offers guidance for several areas of the law: property rights, violence, social and religious norms, slaves and servants, and so on. There’s a lot here, yet it really only scratches the surface. The fact is, one could fill the entire bible and not cover every possibility.

Jesus had a different take on the law. This is from Matthew 22:

36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 (Jesus) said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Rather than choose one commandment over all the rest, Jesus responds with a fundamental principle: Love God and love one another. That’s it. If we will do those two things we will be on the right track. Of course while this principle is fairly simple, it’s not necessarily easy.

I’m on vacation this week and have pondered if I should be writing this blog while on vacation. I believe the Lord is leading me to take a break. See you again on Monday.

Blessings to all.

Ernie

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