Sick Society? Keep Taking the Tablets!
So, the Israelites were set free from their slavery and had to set about making a society. They did a bit of moaning – wearing rose-tinted glasses, remembering the times of routine and plenty before the days of Moses. They went through some trial-and-error with God: balancing their own common sense with God’s arbitrary suggestions.
Things seemed to go better when they did it the way God had suggested in the first place. Fewer maggots in the breakfast.
It wasn’t maggots in my breakfast this week – but when I watched the news this week about the riots in England it was sickening. Ignorant, glaikit, opportunistic neds. Selfish, lawless, destructive thoughtlessness. English society in meltdown.
So the news discussion shows are analysing away as to “Why?” these riots should occur. And there are lots of reasons. But with my current saturation in Exodus, it is my only frame of reference right now and I find myself comparing the rabble of the Israelites with the thugs involved in the riots.
Moses, after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and talking with God up the mountain, came down with a BRILLIANT plan. Inscribed by the finger of God on tablets of stone were some commandments. (The political correctness within me wants to say they were ‘suggestions’ but, anyway…)
Among other laws, there were these social decencies, put on tablets of stone:
Honour your father and your mother
You shall not murder
You shall not steal
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his man-servant or his maid-servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.
Pretty basic, you’d think. But this week saw lawlessness.
We don’t like to “tell people what to do”. But we should. We should get these back onto tablets of stone and consider them absolute.
That’s all I have to say about Exodus. 😀
Much as I am “for” the ten commandments, I leave my musings on the whole Exodus story with a trailer for the hypothetical sequel (that I am not doing):
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
John 1 vs 17