The Bible Slam: Exodus Chapter 22

Chapter 22 delivers more rule and regulations.

The first 15 verses have to do with theft and damages to other people's property.   The remaining verses concern relations with God and others:

  • If a man has sex with a woman, he is supposed to marry her.   But if her father refuses to allow the marriage, then the man has to pay money according to the "dowry of virgins."   It does not say who gets paid … the woman or her father.
  • Witches are not allowed to live.
  • Whoever lies with a beast shall be killed.
  • Whoever sacrifices to any other god shall be utterly destroyed.
  • You shall be kind to widows, strangers or fatherless children.
  • You shall not charge usurious interest on your loans.
  • You should return anything you borrow.
  • You are not to revile gods or curse your rulers.
  • You have to give the first of everything — including your firstborn sons — to God.
  • You are not allowed to eat an animal that was torn up and killed by wild animals.

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Discussion Points.

Some of the rules governing theft and property make sense and seem to be pretty fair for the time.   However, Exodus 22:3 says that if a thief is caught and has nothing for restitution, then he shall be sold for his theft.   Is he sold into slavery for the rest of his life?

The "family values" notion of marriage in this chapter certainly don't match the family values rhetoric we hear in today's "culture wars."

Here's a pretty tricky one, from Exodus 22:29

Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.

Are the firstborn sons to be sacrificed?   Forced into priesthood?   The chapter does not say.

The verse above it, about "cursing the ruler of thy people" is an interesting one.   What if the ruler is a dictator or cruel?   What about people who engage in imprecatory prayers (curses in the name of God) against the president?

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  • If the rules applied today, we would have alot of dead sinner. According to this things we have a tolerance for were forbidden in these verses.

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