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 Form 4 CRE: Christian Approach to law, order and Justice lessons

Biblical teachings on Law, Order and Justice

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Biblical teachings on Law, Order and Justice
-In the Old Testament, the Law is referred to as the Torah which is contained in the first five books of the bible.
-These laws were given to regulate people’s relationship with God and with one another. For
example, He gave instructions to Adam and Eve to show that He was a moral God interested in people’s behavour.
-The Israelites were given the Ten commandments by God through Moses.
-In addition to the Decalogue, there were other laws which touched on every
aspect of their lives, for example:
-Laws regulating what they could eat and not eat (Leviticus 11).
-Prohibiting of eating blood (Leviticus 17:10)
-Prohibition of disposal of ancestral land (Leviticus 25:23-28)
-Treatment of slaves and foreigners (Leviticus 25:39-55)
-Although God gave the Israelites the Law, they frequently disobeyed it.
-In the New Testament, Jesus observed the Mosaic Law, for example, He was circumcised in accordance with it.
-In his teaching, Jesus stated clearly that he did not come to abolish the Law of Moses but to fulfil it (Mathew 5:17-48)
-He had come to give it a deeper meaning. He set higher moral standards than those contained in the Mosaic Law which stressed on external acts only.
-In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave a new interpretation to the Mosaic Law (Mathew 5:17-48; Luke 6:17-49)