Tag: punishment

  • 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 #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 #250: Bloodshed Pollutes the Land

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God explained that bloodshed, such as murder, pollutes the land, and only the bloodshed of the guilty cleanses the land. Explanation People often refer to “the God of the Old Testament” as being cold, vindictive, and harsh. One reason they typically cite is the numerous “death…

  • Biblical Principle #246: Limit to Israelite Beatings

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, Israelites could receive no more than forty lashes in a beating for a crime. Explanation GOD set a “reasonable” max threshold of forty lashes to any beating that an Israelite could suffer for a crime: 1 “Now if there should be a dispute between men, and…

  • Biblical Principle #242: Israelites to Respect Court

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God commanded the Israelites to obey the court rulings and respect the officials. Explanation The Law of Moses included instructions for handling court cases and escalating difficult cases. GOD commanded Israel to respect both the judgments rendered and the officials of the courts. 10 You shall…

  • Biblical Principle #176: Moses was Prevented from Entering Canaan

    Biblical Principles List Principle Moses was prevented from bringing Israel into Canaan because he struck the rock rather than commanding it verbally. Explanation Yet again, Israel grew thirsty at Meribah in the desert and, rather than pray for relief, they complained against Moses and Aaron. But this time, GOD commanded a different mode of deliverance.…

  • Biblical Principle #170: Victory is Impossible without God

    Biblical Principles List Principle Without God, victory is impossible. Explanation After GOD sentenced Israel to 40 years of wandering, Israel “repented” of their sin of disbelief. Driven by a desire to avoid GOD’s punishment of death in the wilderness, the people decided to take the land after all. Only, this time GOD was not with…

  • Biblical Principle #50: Murder is Sin (Because it Sheds Blood)

    Biblical Principles List Principle Murder is sin (because it sheds human blood). Explanation After they were kicked out of the Garden, Adam and Eve had two sons: Cain and Abel. In time, Cain grew angry (jealous) of Abel and killed him. 9 Then God said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He replied, “I…

  • Biblical Principle #19: Blood is the Guilt Payment for Sin

    Biblical Principles List Principle The blood of the sinner is the guilt payment for sin. Explanation Because: … therefore, the payment that GOD demands in order to retain His just and holy character is the blood of a human. This is what Scripture calls the law of sin and death (see Romans 8:2). The law…