Do you understand the purpose and intention? What is the law about? How will you live? What will be your foundation? What will be your north star to living? Why were they created if they isn’t a benefit? Who was the source of the law? Was it someone with a hidden agenda and so it needs to be removed or repealed? What it something for the greater good? What was it based on? Was it based on Biblical standards? Was it based on warm fuzzy feelings? What drives the decisions? Are some people doing things so they feel better but in the long run it won’t help those it’s supposed to and will hurt others? There are processes in place when things need to be changed and updated. There are ways to get them changed! Some rules are created to make the government money and don’t really help the people. Some rules are created to help the people and don’t really help the people. Some need to be reworked. Some need to be removed. The rest need to be obeyed! They also need to be enforced! Do you realize what state your corner of the world is in? Do you believe the news or the PR or do you know what the stats and the reality is? Check the facts! Check the truth! The Truth will set you free!
So let’s take a look at today’s reading…
Ordinances for the Covenant1“Now these are the ordinances which you will set before them. 2“If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve for six years, and in the seventh he is to go free, without payment. 3If he comes in by himself, he is to go out by himself. If he was married, then his wife will go out with him. 4If his master gave him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children will be her master’s, and he will go free by himself. 5“But if the servant plainly states, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children, and I will not go out free,’ 6then his master is to bring him to God, then take him to a door or to a doorpost. His master is to pierce his ear through with an awl, and he will serve him forever. 7“If a man sells his daughter to be a maidservant, she is not to go free as the male servants do. 8If she does not please her master who has selected her for himself, then he is to allow her to be redeemed. He will have no power to sell her to a foreign people, seeing as he has dealt deceitfully toward her. 9If he betroths her to his son, he must give her the rights of a daughter. 10If he takes another wife, he is not to diminish her food, her clothing, or her marriage rights. 11If he does not provide these three to her, then she is to go free without payment. 12“Whoever strikes a man so that he dies must surely be put to death. 13But if he did not hunt him down, yet God caused it to happen, then I will appoint for you a place where he may run. 14If a man presumes to kill his neighbor with craftiness, you are to take him from My altar and put him to death. 15“Anyone who strikes his father or his mother must surely be put to death. 16“Anyone who steals a person and sells him, or is found with him under his hand, must surely be put to death. 17“Whoever curses his father or his mother must surely be put to death. 18“If people quarrel, and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and the other does not die but lies in bed, 19if he rises again and walks around on his staff, then the one that struck him he will be cleared. But he must pay for the loss of his time and help him to be thoroughly healed. 20“If a man strikes his male or female servant with a staff, who dies by his hand, he must surely be punished. 21Notwithstanding, if the servant gets up in a day or two he will not be punished, for he is his property. 22“If men fight, and hit a pregnant woman so that her child is born early, yet no harm follows, the one who hit her is to be strictly fined, according to what the woman’s husband demands of him. He must pay as the judges determine. 23But if any harm follows, then you are to penalize life for life, 24eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25burn for burn, wound for wound, blow for blow. 26“If a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave and destroys it, he must let him go free for the sake of his eyesight. 27If he strikes out his slave’s tooth, he must let him go free for the sake of his tooth. 28“If an ox gores a man or a woman so that they die, the ox must surely be stoned, and its meat is not to be eaten, but the owner of the ox will be cleared. 29If the ox was given to goring in times past, and a warning has been given to its owner, yet he has not kept it pent up, and it has killed a man or a woman, then the ox must be stoned and its owner must also be put to death. 30If instead a ransom is placed on him, then he is to pay for the redemption of his life whatever is demanded. 31Whether it has gored a son or daughter, this rule is to be applied to him. 32If the ox gores a male or female slave, he is to pay 30 shekels of silver to their master, and the ox is to be stoned. 33“If one uncovers a pit or digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls in, 34the owner of the pit must pay compensation. He is to give money to the owner, and the dead animal will be his. 35“If one man’s ox hurts another’s ox so that it dies, they are to sell the live ox and divide the price. They are also to divide the dead one. 36Or if it becomes known that the ox was given to violence in times past, and its owner has not kept it pent up, he must surely pay ox for ox, and the dead animal will be his own. 37 If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he is to pay five oxen for one ox or four sheep for one sheep.–from Exodus 21
49Remember the word to Your servant, on which You have made me hope. 50My comfort in my affliction is this: Your word has kept me alive. 51The arrogant have viciously ridiculed me, yet I did not turn away from Your Torah. 52I remember Your judgments from of old, Adonai, and comfort myself. 53Burning indignation grips me, because of the wicked who forsake Your Torah. 54Your decrees have become my songs in the house where I dwell. 55In the night I remember Your Name, Adonai, and keep watching over Your Torah. 56This is my own: that I keep Your precepts.57Adonai is my portion. I promised to guard Your words. 58I have entreated Your favor with all my heart. Be gracious to me according to Your word. 59I have considered my ways and turned my feet back to Your testimonies. 60I hasten and do not delay to obey Your mitzvot. 61The ropes of the wicked are coiled around me, but I did not forget Your Torah. 62At midnight I rise to praise You, because of Your righteous rulings. 63I am a companion of all who fear You, of those who observe Your precepts. 64The earth is full of Your loving kindness. Adonai—teach me Your decrees.65You do good to Your servant, Adonai, according to Your word. 66Teach me good sense and knowledge, for I trusted in Your mitzvot. 67Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.68You are good and keep doing good— teach me Your decrees. 69Though the proud smeared a lie on me, with all my heart I keep Your precepts.70Their minds are insensible, but Your Torah is my delight. 71It is good for me that I was afflicted, so that I may learn Your decrees. 72The Torah from Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.73Your hands have made me and formed me. Give me understanding that I may learn Your mitzvot. 74Those in awe of You see me and rejoice, because I put my hope in Your word. 75I know, Adonai, Your judgments are just. In faithfulness You have afflicted me. 76May Your loving kindness comfort me, according to Your promise to Your servant. 77Let Your tender mercies reach me, Let me live, for Your Torah is my delight. 78May the proud be put to shame for wronging me with a lie, but I will meditate on Your precepts. 79Let those in awe of You return to me— those who know Your testimonies. 80My heart will have integrity in following Your decrees, so that I would not be ashamed.81My soul faints with longing for Your salvation, but I still hope in Your word. 82My eyes are worn out longing for Your promise, saying, “When will You comfort me?” 83Though I became like a wineskin dried in smoke, I do not forget Your decrees. 84How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors? 85The proud have dug pits for me— that is not in accord with Your Torah! 86All Your mitzvot are faithful. They persecute me with a lie—help me! 87They almost finished me off on earth. But I—I will not forsake Your precepts. 88Revive me with Your loving kindness, so I may keep Your mouth’s testimony.89Forever, Adonai, Your word stands firm in the heavens. 90Your faithfulness endures from generation to generation. You established the earth, and it stands. 91Your judgments stand today, for all things are Your servants. 92If Your Torah had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93I will never forget Your precepts. For with them You have kept me alive. 94I am Yours, save me! For I have sought out Your precepts. 95The wicked wait for me to destroy me. But I will study Your testimonies. 96I have seen a limit to all perfection, yet Your commandment is boundless.–from Psalms 119
Two Laws at War1Or do you not know, brothers and sisters (for I speak to those who know law), that the law is master over a person as long as he lives? 2For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives; but if the husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. 3So then, if she is joined to another man while her husband is living, she will be called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is free from the law—so she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to another man. 4Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also were made dead to the Torah through the body of Messiah, so that you might be joined to another—the One who was raised from the dead—in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions that came through the Torah were working in our body parts to bear fruit for death. 6But now we have been released from the law, having died to what confined us, so that we serve in the new way of the Ruach and not in the old way of the letter. 7What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the Torah. For I would not have known about coveting if the Torah had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, taking an opportunity, worked in me through the commandment all kinds of coveting. For apart from the Torah, sin is dead. 9Once I was alive apart from the Torah; but when the commandment came, sin came to life 10and I died. The commandment meant for life was found to cause death. 11Sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12So then, the Torah is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. 13Therefore did that which is good become death to me? May it never be! Rather it was sin working death in me—through that which is good—so that sin might be shown to be sin, and that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. 14For we know that the Torah is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold to sin. 15For I do not understand what I am doing—for what I do not want, this I practice; but what I hate, this I do. 16But if I do what I do not want to do, then I agree with the Torah—that it is good. 17So now it is no longer I doing it, but sin dwelling in me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in me—that is, in my flesh. For to will is present in me, but to do the good is not. 19For the good that I want, I do not do; but the evil that I do not want, this I practice. 20But if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I doing it, but sin that dwells in me. 21So I find the principle—that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22For I delight in the Torah of God with respect to the inner man, 23but I see a different law in my body parts, battling against the law of my mind and bringing me into bondage under the law of sin which is in my body parts. 24Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—it is through Messiah Yeshua our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself serve the Torah of God; but with my flesh, I serve the law of sin.–from Romans 7