In our passage today we see the Israelites recognizing the power of God and the fear that rightly falls upon them. God's power should instil a sense of fear within us. His holiness cannot abide our sinfulness. Truly, it is only when we grasp this that we can fully appreciate the amazingness of His grace, mercy, and love. This awesome, holy God loves us enough to find a way to reconcile Himself to a sinful people. Amazing!
Chapter 20 brings us the well known Ten Commandments. They truly can be summarized, like Jesus did, by the phrase "love God, love man". If we love God, we will keep the first commandments. If we love each other, we will keep the last ones. The following chapters break down the ten commandments into specific examples and situations. But the root remains the same - love God, love man. Simple - but certainly not easy!
In Chapter 21 we see God giving laws to ensure fair and loving treatment of slaves. These were not slaves the way we think of slaves, but rather it was a way for the poor to be rescued, but still giving them a chance to start over again, and being treated well throughout it all.
The portion that jumped out at me was....
Here we see the law demanding an eye for an eye in regards to the unborn. Once again, we see the value God places on human life right from the womb. The abortion holocaust of the past several decades is truly abhorrent.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Exodus 22-24