The Ten Commandments are only on the Bible twice which is a “double witness” and that means YHVH God wants us to pay attention to it. Other than that they are mentioned and referred to throughout the prophets and especially by Esdras and David. However, they are not spelled out anywhere except in Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
The foundation for Western Civilization is this part of the Bible in particular. All of the laws for the Original 13 Colonies came from the Bible. Then, the citizens of Pennsylvania thought they could “improve” the natural law given us by Moses and changed the penalty on adultery from death to 10 years imprisonment.
Nevertheless, there are other dictates and commands mentioned over and over throughout the Bible. These have more than merely a “double witness” and I believe these to be more important. Yes, more important than The Ten Commands or The Law of Life as Esdras called them which is how I prefer to call them: “The Law of Life” or “Natural Law.” As David wrote, I love your law because it gives me life!
One of those multi-witness phrases is the repeated command throughout the Old Testament to “love truth and justice” in that order.
Why is that order important? Because without truth there is no justice. Without truth there can be no justice. Therefore, we are to always seek and love the truth. Without truth we can not render good judgement and have justice.
What Michael Hubbard has taught me is to love the truth and that is the only way we in America and even the World today may begin to crawl out of our deprecation today. Therefore, I will be writing truth here on my blog and I will be declaring truth on air in my broadcasts.
Love truth and justice.
If it doesn’t show up in your version of the Bible over and over, time and time again, try another version. All versions of the Bible have something to offer. I prefer the NIV, KJV, the PNV of the KJV and the NRSV. I learn from all of these versions and I compare and contrast them regularly as they sharpen one another so to speak.
These days I am reading the extra large printed leatherette version of “The Proper Name Version of the King James Version” of the Bible.
Call up Kerby at Name Publishing and tell him “Dr. Kent is paying for shipping” (limitations apply). You’re going to love this Bible.