This week Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship examines parsha “Mishpatim,” (Exodus chapters 22 through 24) which follows the “Ten Commandments” in a way that too many who teach that the “law is done away with” would no doubt prefer to CONTINUE to ignore.
The Erev Shabbat overview points out why the name “mishpatim,” ordinances, or judgments, is apropos, (there are more of ’em in this parsha than any other) but the structure itself speaks volumes. If the ‘ten commandments’ outline our relationships, first to our Creator, then our fellow man, in order that we might know how to stay OUT of the bondage of Egypt, then here is an immediate, dramatic contrast!
The Sabbath day teaching is about what happens when the “Law” really IS “done away with”. Not by the One True Creator, YHVH, of course, but men who not only don’t like what He Wrote, but hate Him.
There has perhaps never been a more clear demonstration of what “lawlessness abounds” means! And this portion outlines the framework: Destroy “law”, destroy marriage and family, and slavery – REAL Slavery! – follows.
“Mishpatim: The Common Law ISN’T Any More, but PC Is Deadly”
The combined two-part teaching is here: