Put to death for an ox!
- Put to death for an ox!
Exodus 21:29 - But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past,
and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but
that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner
also shall be put to death.
We point to the Sharia Law of the Muslims for being barbaric, but we need
to understand the Arabs during the time of Mohammad were of that nature; in
fact Mohammad reined them by bringing some improvement to their lives. The
world of Mohammad being the Arabic region and its lifestyle, the law is suo
motu inapplicable to any other region or era. Prima facie every Islamic
country tampers with the Sharia law and still claims to be implementing the
Coming to the Bible what do we have to say about the Mosaic laws? Like in
today's scripture a man who is warned about the behaviour of his ox and
does not take precaution should be put to death alone with the ox if the ox
has killed someone. I do not think this law is applicable even with the
Jews today. So is the Mosaic Law also like the Sharia applicable only to
those people at that time and era? Most Christians and theologians believe
that it is, therefore ignore these scriptures today.
Understand the Law was given to Moses by the Lord and the Law of God never
changes. That also does not mean a person should be put to death if his
animal kills someone.
Jesus and the Disciples always pointed out that the Jews never worshipped
God or understood what Moses spoke. It was only during my fourth stage of
Bible study I realized Jesus did not change anything what the Lord gave
through Moses but only added grace to it. But you would say there a sky and
earth difference between what Moses spoke and what Jesus did. That is what
we see when we go by the letter but when we really understand it we realize
Jesus only brought out the true understanding of what the Lord spoke
This same condition was a given by Jesus but in a different way (Matthew
18:6) - 'But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in
me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and
that he were drowned in the depth of the sea'.
One would say what is the relation between the two? It is only in Bible
Word study and Image study that one would understand the relationship
between this two. That is why John wrote (John 1:17) 'for the law was given
by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ'.
In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus gives us the true
understanding of the Law of God given through Moses. What Jesus added was
only grace to the consequence of the Law, to all those who believe in Him.
The Lord is telling us today there are many reasons for which we would have
been put to dire punishment, thing we do not take as serious but because we
believe in the grace that comes through Jesus Christ, we are saved from the
consequence of them. But the time we reject His Word we are indirectly
rejecting Christ and hence would be liable to the consequence.
Lord Jesus, You alone were Christ and in whole the Spirit of God dwelled in
whole. When you left earth You gave all us a token of the Spirit of Truth
so that we start to understand your Word as You did and by becoming your
disciple we grow in your Spirit and thus in understanding. Holy Spirit, we
pray You open the minds of your people and remove the blindfolds the
teachings of world have put on their eyes...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
Luke 2:23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that
openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto
you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which
were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms,
John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the
law? Why go ye about to kill me?
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all
22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of
Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.
23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses
should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every
whit whole on the sabbath day?
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But
Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he
heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto
them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
Matthew 5:17, 21-22
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not
come to destroy, but to fulfil.
21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not
kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a
cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his
brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say,
Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
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