Tag: commands not suggestions
Scripture reading for January 27th: Exodus 21-24
We sometimes laugh when our young children defiantly disobey. When our adopted daughters were first released from the orphanage to come with us, they were so cute! But on one of our first outings, we were waiting to cross the street and cars were speeding by. After warning them, one of them (name withheld to protect the innocent!) stuck her foot out towards the street and looked up mischievously to see what we might do! Mary and I had a good laugh but realized that we had a job ahead of us!
Sin entered mankind through Eve’s deception by the serpent and through the disobedience of Adam. God had warned them not to eat from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He told them they would die if they did. Sin broke connection with God and brought heartache and death!
Some of the laws and the penalty for breaking them remind us of the “deadliness” of sin! The penalty for attacking father or mother or cursing them was death. (Exodus 21:15,17) If a man owned a bull that was known to gore others and he did not restrain this animal and a person was killed, the bull and the owner would die! (Exodus 21:28-29) A sorceress must be put to death! (Exodus 22:18) Anyone having sexual relations with an animal must die! (Exodus 22:19) Anyone who took advantage of an orphan or a widow would die if that orphan or widow cried out to the Lord! (Exodus 22:22-24) Our God is compassionate and protective! (Exodus 22:26-27)
God is compassionate but loves us enough to confront sin. He knows it’s deadly: it cost Him the life of His Son! As parents, we must love our children enough to discipline them and teach them that sin is no laughing matter. We should give them clear instructions about sin and it’s consequences and discipline them to fear a holy God and obey in love.
“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good that we might share in His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10