Now these are the rules that you shall set before them. (Exodus 21:1 ESV)
How shall we now live?
Social arrangements as far as the law are concerned are often taken for granted. Why we do not kill and refer to it being against the law is something that is assumed and hardly questioned.
Yet at the birth of the nation, what makes them distinct is their relationship with God who defines them. He not only defines them in His Ten Words. He goes on to outline important rules to guide relationships.
A significant point to note at this stage of the giving of the rules is God’s high value on life. Reaffirming His command not to kill, the consequence of that – which is something He alluded to in setting His covenant with Noah is the value of life.
In as much as the assumption remains that killing someone is against the law, does it still have the gravity of the value of life. Especially life seen as precious as it’s sourced from the God who gives life?
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden