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Date

February 22, 2020

Parsha

Mishpatim

Scripture Reference

Exodus 21:1-24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25, 26

Upcoming Events

Adventures in Hebrew Seminar

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: 6221 Myers Rd E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Rosh Chodesh Shevat-Multi Group Event

Date: Sunday, January 26,2020
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: 759 S. 45th St-Tacoma, WA 98418

Hamantaschen Bake Off

Date: Sunday, March 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: 5155 93rd St Ct E, Puyallup WA 98371

For more details go to Calendar page

Live Service

Parsha

Mishpatim

Scripture Reference

Exodus 21:1-24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25, 26


Upcoming Events

Adventures in Hebrew Seminar

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: 6221 Myers Rd E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Rosh Chodesh Shevat-Multi Group Event

Date: Sunday, January 26,2020
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: 759 S. 45th St-Tacoma, WA 98418

Hamantaschen Bake Off

Date: Sunday, March 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: 5155 93rd St Ct E, Puyallup WA 98371

For more details go to Calendar page

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Notes

Mishpatim

"Judgements"

Exodus 21:1-24:18

Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25, 26

Mark Fallstead

2/22/2020

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9:30 am Prayer & Fellowship Breakfast

10:30 am Hebrew Class

12:00-1:30 pm Liturgy, Song Service & Torah Study

2:00 pm Oneg

3:30 pm Afternoon Studying the Torah

We will close the Shabbat with havdalah as the seasons allow.

 

Someone will be monitoring the feed during study, as before so please chime in with comments or questions. Remember, we all have something to teach one another. The link to the notes is located at the bottom of this post. They will be in the Notes section of the page, as well.

.

If you are joining us in person please bring a kosher or Biblically clean dish to share.

.

On the Menu:

Breakfast: Egg scramble w/ turkey sausage, bagels w/ cream cheese, and fruit.

Lunch:Turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

.

Exodus 21:1 “Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them:

 

On the heels of receiving the 10 commandments (words) Moses begins to expound on some detailed examples of the covenant law given at Mt. Sinai.

 

It has been suggested that Israel worked from a template of laws they were already familiar with. Such laws as the code of Hammurabi King of Babylon, who got his laws from his god. Also from the Pharaoh’s of Egypt.

 

Both peoples and places they were familiar with and whose code of law was established before G-D had Moses inscribe the laws for Israel. This should not lead us to believe that G-D in any way copied the false gods of other people. Rather we should understand that the laws of the lands, wherever they came from, have their origins with The G-D of 

 

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He alone made all things and all beings and his character and nature is the source of all understanding. No reasonable person would follow a blatant lie that is why the adversary dresses lies with truth, wickedness with goodness even from the beginning.

 

Even today we can see the root of truth and justice in every false way, whether it be in Eastern religions, Islam, Secular humanism, Atheistic belief and the many sects and denominations of those who profess faith in the one true G-D. But there are some very key differences with the laws of G-D.

 

Let’s compare just a few to see the vast differences in the sometimes-subtle semantics. 

 

Exodus 21:2 “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing.

 

Exodus 21:26-27 “If a man strikes the eye of his male or female servant, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for the sake of his eye. “And if he knocks out the tooth of his male or female servant, he shall let him go free for the sake of his tooth.

These brief examples contrast the treatment Israel received in Egypt and was common among the nations.

 

Exodus 21:22-25 “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

“But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, “eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, “burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

 

Rashi comments: Chabad.org

You shall give a life for a life: Our Rabbis differ on this matter. Some say [that he must] actually [give up his] life, and some say [that he must pay] money, but not actually a life, and if one intends to kill one person and kills another, he is exempt from the death penalty and must pay his [the victim’s] heirs his value, as [it would be if] he were sold in the marketplace. - [From Mechilta, Sanh. 79]

 

24 An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot,

 

An eye for an eye: If [a person] blinds his neighbor’s eye, he must give him the value of his eye, [which is] how much his price to be sold in the marketplace has decreased [without the eye]. So is the meaning of all of them [i.e., all the injuries enumerated in the following verses].

 

Matthew 5:29-30 “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

 

Code of Hammurabi:

 196. If a man destroys the eye of another man, they shall destroy his eye.
 197. If he breaks another man's bone, they shall break his bone.
 198. If he destroys the eye of a plebeian (commoner) or breaks the bone of a plebeian (commoner), he shall pay one mina of silver.
 199. If he destroys the eye of a man's slave or beaks a bone of a man's slave, he shall pay one-half his price.
 200. If a man knocks out a tooth of a man of his own rank, they shall knock out his tooth
 201. If he knocks out a tooth of a plebeian (commoner), he shall pay one-third mina of silver
 209. If a man has struck a free woman with child, and has caused her to miscarry, he shall pay ten shekels for her miscarriage
 210. If that woman die, his daughter shall be killed.

 211. If by a blow he has caused a plebeian’s (commoner)  daughter to have a miscarriage, he shall pay five shekels of silver.

 212. If that woman has died, he shall pay one-half mina of silver.

 213. If he struck a freeman's female slave and has caused her to have a miscarriage, he shall pay two shekels of silver.

 214. If that female slave has died, he shall pay one-third mina of silver.

 

Exodus 21:26-27 “If a man strikes the eye of his male or female servant, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for the sake of his eye. “And if he knocks out the tooth of his male or female servant, he shall let him go free for the sake of his tooth.

 

Familiar language and concept is used but the intent is vastly different.

 

Exodus 21:28-29 “If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, then the ox shall surely be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be acquitted. “But if the ox tended to thrust with its horn in times past, and it has been made known to his owner, and he has not kept it confined, so that it has killed a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death.

 

Code of Hammurabi:

 250. If a bull has gone wild and gored a man, and caused his death, there can be no suit against the owner.
 251. If a man's ox be a gorer, and has revealed its evil propensity as a gorer, and he has not blunted its horn, or shut up the ox, and then that ox has gored a free man, and caused his death, the owner shall pay half a mina of silver.

 

G-D is not always more lenient.

 

Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.

 

Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘you shall not commit adultery. “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 

These have been just a few of the contrasting differences that make the Law of G-D unique. 

Notes

Mishpatim

"Judgements"

Exodus 21:1-24:18

Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25, 26

Mark Fallstead

2/22/2020

.

9:30 am Prayer & Fellowship Breakfast

10:30 am Hebrew Class

12:00-1:30 pm Liturgy, Song Service & Torah Study

2:00 pm Oneg

3:30 pm Afternoon Studying the Torah

We will close the Shabbat with havdalah as the seasons allow.

 

Someone will be monitoring the feed during study, as before so please chime in with comments or questions. Remember, we all have something to teach one another. The link to the notes is located at the bottom of this post. They will be in the Notes section of the page, as well.

.

If you are joining us in person please bring a kosher or Biblically clean dish to share.

.

On the Menu:

Breakfast: Egg scramble w/ turkey sausage, bagels w/ cream cheese, and fruit.

Lunch:Turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

.

Exodus 21:1 “Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them:

 

On the heels of receiving the 10 commandments (words) Moses begins to expound on some detailed examples of the covenant law given at Mt. Sinai.

 

It has been suggested that Israel worked from a template of laws they were already familiar with. Such laws as the code of Hammurabi King of Babylon, who got his laws from his god. Also from the Pharaoh’s of Egypt.

 

Both peoples and places they were familiar with and whose code of law was established before G-D had Moses inscribe the laws for Israel. This should not lead us to believe that G-D in any way copied the false gods of other people. Rather we should understand that the laws of the lands, wherever they came from, have their origins with The G-D of 

 

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He alone made all things and all beings and his character and nature is the source of all understanding. No reasonable person would follow a blatant lie that is why the adversary dresses lies with truth, wickedness with goodness even from the beginning.

 

Even today we can see the root of truth and justice in every false way, whether it be in Eastern religions, Islam, Secular humanism, Atheistic belief and the many sects and denominations of those who profess faith in the one true G-D. But there are some very key differences with the laws of G-D.

 

Let’s compare just a few to see the vast differences in the sometimes-subtle semantics. 

 

Exodus 21:2 “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing.

 

Exodus 21:26-27 “If a man strikes the eye of his male or female servant, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for the sake of his eye. “And if he knocks out the tooth of his male or female servant, he shall let him go free for the sake of his tooth.

These brief examples contrast the treatment Israel received in Egypt and was common among the nations.

 

Exodus 21:22-25 “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

“But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, “eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, “burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

 

Rashi comments: Chabad.org

You shall give a life for a life: Our Rabbis differ on this matter. Some say [that he must] actually [give up his] life, and some say [that he must pay] money, but not actually a life, and if one intends to kill one person and kills another, he is exempt from the death penalty and must pay his [the victim’s] heirs his value, as [it would be if] he were sold in the marketplace. - [From Mechilta, Sanh. 79]

 

24 An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot,

 

An eye for an eye: If [a person] blinds his neighbor’s eye, he must give him the value of his eye, [which is] how much his price to be sold in the marketplace has decreased [without the eye]. So is the meaning of all of them [i.e., all the injuries enumerated in the following verses].

 

Matthew 5:29-30 “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

 

Code of Hammurabi:

 196. If a man destroys the eye of another man, they shall destroy his eye.
 197. If he breaks another man's bone, they shall break his bone.
 198. If he destroys the eye of a plebeian (commoner) or breaks the bone of a plebeian (commoner), he shall pay one mina of silver.
 199. If he destroys the eye of a man's slave or beaks a bone of a man's slave, he shall pay one-half his price.
 200. If a man knocks out a tooth of a man of his own rank, they shall knock out his tooth
 201. If he knocks out a tooth of a plebeian (commoner), he shall pay one-third mina of silver
 209. If a man has struck a free woman with child, and has caused her to miscarry, he shall pay ten shekels for her miscarriage
 210. If that woman die, his daughter shall be killed.

 211. If by a blow he has caused a plebeian’s (commoner)  daughter to have a miscarriage, he shall pay five shekels of silver.

 212. If that woman has died, he shall pay one-half mina of silver.

 213. If he struck a freeman's female slave and has caused her to have a miscarriage, he shall pay two shekels of silver.

 214. If that female slave has died, he shall pay one-third mina of silver.

 

Exodus 21:26-27 “If a man strikes the eye of his male or female servant, and destroys it, he shall let him go free for the sake of his eye. “And if he knocks out the tooth of his male or female servant, he shall let him go free for the sake of his tooth.

 

Familiar language and concept is used but the intent is vastly different.

 

Exodus 21:28-29 “If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, then the ox shall surely be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be acquitted. “But if the ox tended to thrust with its horn in times past, and it has been made known to his owner, and he has not kept it confined, so that it has killed a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death.

 

Code of Hammurabi:

 250. If a bull has gone wild and gored a man, and caused his death, there can be no suit against the owner.
 251. If a man's ox be a gorer, and has revealed its evil propensity as a gorer, and he has not blunted its horn, or shut up the ox, and then that ox has gored a free man, and caused his death, the owner shall pay half a mina of silver.

 

G-D is not always more lenient.

 

Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.

 

Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘you shall not commit adultery. “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 

These have been just a few of the contrasting differences that make the Law of G-D unique. 


Service Times

  • 9:30am Prayer & Fellowship Breakfast
  • 10:30am Hebrew Class
  • 12:00-1:00pm Liturgy & Torah Study
  • 2:00pm Oneg
  • 3:30pm Afternoon Studying the Torah
  • We will close the Shabbat with Havdalah

Location

6221 Myers Rd E
Bonney Lake, WA 98391

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Service Times

  • 9:30am Prayer & Fellowship Breakfast
  • 10:30am Hebrew Class
  • 12:00-1:00pm Liturgy & Torah Study
  • 2:00pm Oneg
  • 3:30pm Afternoon Studying the Torah
  • We will close the Shabbat with Havdalah

Location

6221 Myers Rd E
Bonney Lake, WA 98391

© 2020 - The Way of Life
Built by KT Web & Graphic Design