Hi Roger, I think in your zeal to defend (the indefensible, in my view), you went a bit too far. I’m aware of the context. I’m also aware of a random killing of “your brother, your neighbor, etc…” that was ordered by God (allegedly). Sure, this was some sort of a punishment, but this God likes death very much. He can’t think of other ways to punish someone. You die for such a “big” crime as working on a Saturday.
And what is amazing to me, is that here comes Jesus, who is ignoring the Sabbath, ignoring adultery punishment and he is the GOOD guy? What happened to the GOOD OT God? Christians are so skillful today at justifying the unjustifiable, that they will call both, Jesus (who does not follow the Law) and his Father (who gave the Law) as GOOD.
Lastly, ‘context’ is often used by Christians as a vain word. Death is death. Just look at your Bible and see how many times … “shall be put to death” is used.
Exodus 31:15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death.
Numbers 31:17 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately. 18 But all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves. 19 And you, camp outside the camp seven days; whoever has killed any person and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves, you and your captives, on the third day and on the seventh day.
Note, Numbers 31: 7 says that Israelites already killed adult males. Verse 17 talks about male CHILDREN and God says to go ahead and kill these kids! What context can possibly makes this less barbaric? You might as well justify the Nazis for trying to purify their race. There is no difference, in my view, between what the Nazis did and what Moses did. The only difference, I guess, is that Moses was told to kill the kids by God himself (as Christians believe)
Leviticus 12:14 If there is a man who marries a woman and her mother, it is immorality; both he and they shall be burned with fire, so that there will be no immorality in your midst.
Wow. How is this different from ISIS?