Sat, 16 July 2016
The Laws in these chapters describe particular situations, but seek to impart general principles. Laws regarding inheritance are discussed, and while not every permutation is accounted for, the proper procedure can be derived from what is provided. A particular case where a son with a criminal disregard for authority is discussed. While it technically opens the possibility for punishing such a child with death, such a decision is practically impossible to reach. Yet it puts a law on the books that this kind of rebellion is displeasing to the Lord. Finally, a law is laid out to limit the time executed criminals are "hung" on a tree, as this defiles the land. When applied to Christ, this law highlights the gravity of His taking on our sin and hanging on the cross.