TOPIC: PERMANENCE OF GOD’S LAW
[DCLM DAILY MANNA 13 NOVEMBER 2018 DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR WILLIAM FOLORUNSO KUMUYI]
Text: Exodus 21:12-25 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe“ (Exodus 21:24,25).
Jesus teaches on retaliation in Matthew 5:38-39. He states, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” This was not a wanton repudiation of the law, but masterful review to moderate interpersonal relationships amongst brethren.
In our text, we read of the Mosaic laws and punishment pertaining to fighting, murder, sales of human beings and miscarriage caused by another. It concludes in verses 24,25, “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”
The Lord’s authority confirms His message of the Scripture. God does not change, neither does His word or will. The moral laws are still binding on us. Jesus emphasised finality of the word of God: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” The Law and the prophets refer to the Old Testament. The first five books of the Bible are referred to as the Law. The judicial law is the penalty for breaking the laws of not loving God and man, which will lead the offender to make a sacrifice or be punished.
Jesus came to fulfil the law and not to destroy it. Therefore, all believers must obey these laws. Do to others as you want them to do unto you. How long do you want people to love and accept you? Do so to them. In summary, the laws talk about love for God and neighbour. React to your neighbour in a way that their dignity is not taken away. You cannot overlook the law in your dealings and journey to eternity. The laws are given to us and would be used to judge us.
Thought For The Day: God’s word and judgment abideth forever.
Bible Reading In One Year: Luke 23; John 18-19