Topic

Richard Stobbe spoke on Exodus 22_23, another of the pivotal parts of this fascinating story. These chapters come after the escape from Egypt and the receiving of the 10 commandments. Rather than providing the beautiful over-arching principles of the commandments, these chapters present judgments not unlike modern case laws, principles growing out of a newly settled rural economy, laws possibly written several hundred years after settling down. These scattered rules give glimpses into what was actually happening. For instance, one principle which emerges is that people are to pay restitution if damage is caused to others through your negligence. Clearly this was a problem in society,¬†one which civilized people should not settle merely by revenge or an eye-for-an-eye. The chapters also remind one of how today’s law is struggling to keep up with developments with the internet (barely covered by older laws). The society in Exodus was developing new social problems faster than the law was able to cover them. Richard suggested that we follow laws because one way we can express our love of God is by acting correctly with other people. [JEK]

Service Details

Passage: Exodus 22-23

Communion: Yes

Ecumenical or Event:

Potluck Lunch: No

Congregational Meeting: No

Worship Team

Speaker: Richard Stobbe

Worship Leader: Janet Boldt

Song Leader: Sue Greenstreet

Pianist: Deberah Shears

Usher:

Childrens Feature Leader:

Hospitality

Bring Flowers: Helmut Lemke

Coffee Helper:

Sound Helper:

Sunday School Team

Child Care Volunteer: Hannelore Schowalter