Lesson #11 - Rules and RegulationsSeries: God's Man Moses - Israel's Exodus From Egypt
Rules And Regulations
Servitude & Personal Injuries / Chapter Twenty-One
1. How were Hebrew slaves/servants to be treated?
After six years of service they were to be set free. – vs.2
If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; If he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go with him.
~ What if the master provides a wife, what shall become of his wife and children?
What if a servant doesn’t want to be set free? – vs.5f
~ Describe the ramifications of “a pierced ear”.
How were the females to be treated? – vss.7-11
Is this an example of “women’s rights” in a time when women in general had very little rights, if any?
2. How were personal injuries to be dealt with? – vss.12-35
Explain the penalty for pre-meditated murder. What is the meaning of vs.13?
Striking one’s parents (vs.15) and cursing one’s parents (vs.17) were both punishable by death.
Kidnapping brought the death penalty. – vs.16
What happens when one man injures another but the injured doesn’t die? – vss.18-19
What about the mistreatment of slaves? – vss.20-21 & 26-27
How were pregnant women to be treated? – vss.22-25
? Note: the word miscarriage in vs.22 is best rendered an untimely or premature birth.
What laws applied to one who owned an oxen that hurt others? – vss.28-32
~ As to oxen that kill other oxen see vs.35-36
Rules about the damages incurred by open pits. – vss.33-34
Property Rights & Sundry Laws / Chapter Twenty-Two
1. Rules about property rights. – vss.1-14
Stealing and Thievery
Arson or careless fire-starting
Breaches of trust and borrowing
2. Miscellaneous laws. – Ex.22:16 thru 23:9
Treatment of virgins … Sorcery … Bestiality … Sacrificing to (false) gods
Treatment of strangers and widows & orphans
Lending money, usury and borrowing another’s cloak
Cursing God and cursing rulers … Delaying offerings … Eating flesh torn apart in the wild
Bearing false witness/perjury … Following mob rule … Acting impartially … Being a good neighbor …
The perversion of justice … False charges … Killing … Bribery … Oppressing strangers
? Your assignment for next week: read Exodus 23 & 24 4 regarding the Sabbath, Feasts, and Covenantal Affirmations