Exodus 21:15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
Long ago I was at a county fair. My very young son was with me. There was a booth manned by a missionary church. I engaged them in a conversation about the law. Immediately they let me know that "the law was done away in Jesus." To point out how bad the law was they said, "Do you know a man could be executed for picking up sticks on the sabbath, and (looking at my little son) and a child could be executed for hitting his father. What do you think about that little guy?
My son said. "That's right and I agree with God."
I was so proud of my little boy. Why?
Because my son understood; Matthew 12:7
But if ye had known what [this] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice,
ye would not have condemned the guiltless, which is a quote of Hosea 6:6
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt
Matthew 5:25-26 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
It is God's will that we settle problems among ourselves and not have to get the police involved and not to go to court. When a child misbehaves, the father gives loving instruction and guidance. (The knowledge of God -Mercy) He settles the matter privately.
Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Have you heard then saying often spoken
in anger, "You'll burn for this!"
If Joseph had taken Mary to court, she might have been executed since the penalty for adultery was death by stoning. Joseph chose mercy, and not sacrifice.
A Pharisee is one who is easy on himself but does not show mercy to others.
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"Your house is on fire", shouted
a passing motorist to a thick-bearded mountaineer.
Note: There is no question 39 and 40.
Question 41: What is the judgment for kidnapping?