Daily Devotions

My Song In The Night (Exodus)

My Song In The Night (Exodus)
Day 128

Text: Exodus 21: 12-14


Exodus 21:12-14

12 “He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.
13 However, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee.
14 “But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die.


1. Criminal offences

a. Violent fight that leads to death.
b. Premeditated murder.

2. The death penalty

a. The death penalty may seem harsh in the context of the crimes committed.
b. These judgments must be understood in the context of the days of Moses.

3. The death penalty to be meted out

a. To those who kill by sheer violence.
i. To function as a deterrent to those who are physically stronger.
ii. To guard those who are physically weaker.
iii. This is an application of the 6th Commandment , “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13).
b. To those who premeditate murder.
i. They are not to be spared.
ii. Treachery was employed to murder the victim.
c. No excuse permissible
i. If the murderer goes to the altar of God and pleads for mercy.
ii. Mercy would be denied because of the nature of the crime.

4. Exception to the rule

a. If a person is slain but unintentionally.
b. God would plan for “cities of refuge” to which the suspected killer may flee.
c. Justice would then be meted out carefully after all the facts are ascertained.

经文:出埃及记 21:12-14


《出埃及记 21:12-14》




a. 暴力的斗争导致死亡
b. 蓄意谋杀


a. 犯了这些罪行而被判死刑或许显得严酷
b. 但我们得从摩西时代的背景来了解这些典章

3. 施加死刑

a. 以暴力杀害他人的
i. 遏阻体力较强的人犯案
ii. 保护体力较弱的人
iii. 这应用第六诫- “不可杀人” 《出埃及记 20:13》
b. 蓄意谋杀他人的
i. 他们不会被放过
ii. 他们用诡计谋杀受害者
c. 绝不允许任何借口
i. 即使杀人犯到上帝的坛那里求饶
ii. 因罪状的性质,他将不会得到宽恕和怜悯

4. 律例的例外

a. 若那人无意杀了人
b. 上帝会设下“避难城”让那嫌疑犯逃去
c. 当所有证据被确认后,才会被制裁