What is Fair

Imagine what it would be like for you to wake up one day only to find that your neighbor had moved your fence closer to your house, trying to get more of your land for himself.  You’d be very upset and would need to take the person to court.

In this section of Deuteronomy, Moses teaches principles of what is right and wrong about two things.  First, there is the right for each person to have the land that belongs to him or her.  Second, there are laws about what’s right and just when someone is accused of a crime.

The last verse of our reading is a famous one about “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”  The idea behind this was not to go beyond what is fair in punishing anyone more than what the person did in the first place.  However, thank God for Jesus, who went even further, teaching us to love our enemies and to do good to those who harm us.

Deuteronomy 19:14-21

The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.