Tag: sin

  • 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 #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 #253: Israel’s Law Against Kidnapping

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God instructed Israel how to administer justice when kidnappings occurred. Explanation GOD gave the following instructions in the Law about kidnapping: 17 Whoever kidnaps one of the children of Israel and overcomes and sells him, and he is found with him, let him surely die. Exodus…

  • Biblical Principle #252: Israel’s Law on Harm of Pregnant Women

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God gave Israel instructions regarding justice for cases of harm to pregnant women. Explanation The Law of Moses included GOD’s judgments on specific crimes so that justice could be properly administered once Israel conquered Canaan. In the case of harm to pregnant women, the Law said:…

  • 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 #249: Israel Not to Accept Ransom for Murder

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God told Israel not to accept a ransom for the life of a murderer who deserved to die. Explanation We have previously established the consequences that the Law of Moses prescribed for various situations involving murder. One special instruction that deserves its own Principle is not…

  • Biblical Principle #248: God’s Instructions to Israel for Homicide

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God gave Israel instructions for dealing with various situations involving homicide. Explanation As we have previously established, the Law of Moses governed all facets of life during GOD’s first covenant with Israel. Because people are imperfect, living in a sin-cursed world, GOD knew provisions needed to…

  • 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 #244: Israelites to Give Truthful Testimony

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, Israelites were commanded to provide truthful testimony, never bearing false witness. Explanation From the beginning of GOD’s first covenant with Israel, telling the truth about one’s neighbor was a top concern, for it was one of the Ten Commandments: 16 “You shall not bear false witness…

  • Biblical Principle #239: Israel to Not Speak Ill of Rulers

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, God commanded Israel to neither curse gods nor curse or speak badly against a ruler of Israel. Explanation This principle is based upon Exodus 22:28, which in most English Bibles, reads something like: 28 “You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people.…