Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Judicial Laws of Moses (15) - Thats All

Biblical justice is limited to:

  • Theft or damage to property
  • Physical injury to a human person.
These two types of offence are the only ones specified in the Judicial Laws of Moses. There is nothing else. This makes God’s Judicial Law very simple and easy for everyone to understand. It means that we do not need a Congress or Parliament turn out hundreds of new laws every year. We do not need laws books with hundreds of pages of detailed legislation. All we need is wise judges, who can decide in any situation, whether a victim was harmed by assault, or if their property was harmed or stolen.

We do not need hundreds of legislators to pass laws specifying the penalty for every conceivable crime. All we need is wise judges who can work out in any situation what would be necessary to fully restore the victim to the situation in which they were in before the crime occurred.

The simplicity of these Judicial Laws demonstrates the brilliant wisdom of God. In twenty-five verses, he gives a set of laws that will function in any culture in any time. The laws give provide a standard that allows judges to decide when a crime has occurred. They are just as applicable in a modern industrialised culture as in a simple agrarian culture. They also give principles that allow judges decide the appropriate restitution that should be made to compensate for the crime in any culture or type of economy.

Human law makers have worked for hundreds of years and produced numerous statutes, but they have not been able to produce a system of judicial law that works well. What human law makers have failed to do, God did three thousand years ago using just a thousand words.
Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,
for they are ever with me.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
Righteous are you, O LORD,
and your laws are right.
The statutes you have laid down are righteous;
they are fully trustworthy(Psalm 119:97-100,137-138).
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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Just to encourge you I think you have been most studious in discovering these universal judical laws and of course if they were applied justly we would have a simple reliable justice system which obviously is the opposite of what we have now. The justice system in new zealand is a joke but no ones laughing. Im sure its not much different any where else!
But these will only operate rightly in a community the recognize the rule of King Jesus, And christians as far as I know have never saught the right to goveren themselves with their own justice system as other groups have ie islamist, indigeinous peoples.
Also I not such about the ransom inplace of physical punishment streches all the way across the crime spectrum. I dont support violence but is the use of force in the context of administering justice equivelent to an act of violence?