Category: Biblical Principles

  • Biblical Principle #266: Israel’s Law for Acquiring Slaves

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God gave Israel guidelines for owning slaves. Explanation Like all ancient cultures, slavery was an acceptable aspect of Israelite culture. However, as part of the Law of Moses, GOD gave specific instructions for the selection, care, protection, and release of slaves. Acquiring Slaves 44 As for…

  • Biblical Principle #265: Israel to Promptly Pay Wages

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God instructed the Israelites to promptly pay workers the wages they had earned. Explanation As with so many of the instructions in the Law of Moses where GOD’s commands were intended for the protection of the poor and needy, so it was here: 14 “You shall…

  • Biblical Principle #264: Laws for Injuries and Damages Suffered

    Biblical Principles List Principle The Law of Moses prescribed economic remedies for specific situations involving injury or damage. Explanation The Law of Moses covered the following scenarios in this category: Open Pits 33 “If a man opens a pit, or digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls…

  • Biblical Principle #263: Law’s Compensation for Virgin

    Biblical Principles List Principle The Law of Moses provided instruction for Israel in situations where an Israelite seduced a virgin. Explanation Under the Law of Moses, in situations where there wasn’t a preannounced wedding arrangement and an Israelite male had sex with a virgin female Israelite, fair compensation was to be given to the female’s…

  • Biblical Principle #262: Law’s Solution for Disputed Losses

    Biblical Principles List Principle The Law of Moses prescribed resolutions for scenarios involving disputed property losses. Explanation In certain cases, guilt might not be confessed and innocence might not be obvious. GOD gave Moses instructions for Israel in certain specific scenarios, saying: 7 “‘And if a person gives his neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and…

  • Biblical Principle #261: Law’s Penalty for Wrongful Taking

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God prescribed the penalty for an Israelite who wrongfully took another’s property. Explanation In the Law of Moses, we read: 5 Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 6 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘When a man or woman commits one of the sins…

  • Biblical Principle #260: Israel’s Restitution for Property Theft

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God gave Israel the penalty for the theft of property and the moving of boundary stones. Explanation We have previously established that GOD told Israel not to steal. Besides forbidding the sin of theft, GOD prescribed the restitution for various crimes of thievery. Theft of Personal…

  • Biblical Principle #259: Israel’s Mid-fight Protection of Male Genitals

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, if two men were fighting and one’s wife stepped in to help her husband by grabbing the other man’s genitals, her hand was to be chopped off. Explanation Apparently, GOD considered this “assist” from one man’s wife an extremely-unfair advantage to the victim, because the punishment…

  • Biblical Principle #258: Israel’s Guidelines for Prosecuting Slave Abuse

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God gave Israel guidelines for when to prosecute slave abuse. Explanations Under the Law of Moses, GOD permitted Israelites to own slaves under certain conditions. However, GOD also gave guardrails for when to prosecute the assault of slaves as having gone too far:

  • Biblical Principle #257: Israel’s Penalty for Permanent Assault Injury

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God prescribed justice for Israel in case of permanent injuries caused by assault. Explanation Sometimes there were physical altercations with no loss of life but permanent injuries sustained. GOD told Moses how these should be handled in court: 18 “If two men revile one another, and…