Roles Moses Seated As Judge
Roles Moses The next morning Moses sat down at the place where he decided legal cases for the people, and everyone crowded around him until evening. Jethro
saw how much Moses had to do
for the people, and he asked, Why are you the only judge? Why do you let these people crowd around you from morning till evening? Moses answered, Because they come here to find out what God wants them to do. They bring their complaints to me, and I make decisions on the basis of Gods laws. Jethro replied: That isnt the best way to do it. You and the people who come to
you will soon be worn out. The job is too much for one person; you cant do it alone.
God will help you if you follow my advice. You should be the one to speak to God for the people, and you should teach them Gods laws and show them what they must do to live right.
You will need to appoint some competent leaders who respect God and are trustworthy and honest.
Then put them over groups of ten,
fifty, a hundred, and a thousand. These judges can handle the ordinary cases and bring the more difficult ones to you. Having them to share the load will make your work easier. This is the way God wants it done. Roles Moses You wont be under nearly as much stress, and everyone else will return home feeling satisfied. Moses followed Jethros advice. Exodus 18:13-24
Responsibility to witness,
If you refuse to testify in court about something you saw or know has happened, you have sinned and can be punished. Leviticus 5:1
Fairness in trials,
Then I took these men, who were already wise and respected leaders, and I appointed them as your official leaders. Some of them became military officers in charge of groups of a thousand, or a hundred, or fifty, or ten, and others became judges.
I gave these judges the following instructions: When you settle between an Israelite and a foreigner living in your community. And it doesnt matter if one is helpless and the other is powerful. Dont be afraid of anyone! No matter who shows up in your court, God will help you make a fair decision. Roles Moses If any case is too hard for you, bring the people to me, and I will
make the decision. Deuteronomy 1:15-17
It may be difficult to find out the truth in some legal cases in your town. You may not be able to decide if someone was killed accidentally or murdered. Or you may not be able to tell whether an injury or some property damage was done by accident or on purpose. If the case is too difficult, take it to the court at the place where the Lord your God chooses to be worshiped. Roles Moses
This court will be made up of one judge and several priests who serve at the Lords altar. They will explain the law to you and give you their decision about the case.
Do exactly what they tell you,
or you will be put to death. Deuteronomy 17:8-12 Court venue, If a son is like that, his parents must drag him to the town gate, where the leaders of the town hold their meetings. Deuteronomy 21:19 But suppose the brother refuses to marry the widow.
She must go to a meeting of the town leaders at the town gate and say, My husband died without having a son to carry on his name. And my husbands brother refuses to marry me so I can have a son. Deuteronomy 25:7 Deborah the wife of Lappidoth was a prophet and a leader of Israel during those days.
She would sit under Deborahs Palm Tree
between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, where Israelites would come and ask her to settle their legal cases. Judges 4:5
Samuel was a leader in Israel all his life. Every year he would go around to the towns of Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah where he served as judge for the people. Roles Moses Then he would go back to his home in Ramah and do the same thing there. He also had an altar built for the Lord at Ramah. 1 Samuel 7:15-16
Judges are wolves,
Its officials are roaring lions, its judges are wolves; in the evening they attack, by morning nothing is left. Zephaniah 3:3 Theological dispute secular courtroom, While Gallio was governor of Achaia, some of the Jewish leaders got together and grabbed Paul.
They brought him into court and said,
This man is trying to make our people worship God in a way that is against our Law!
Even before Paul could speak, Gallio said, If you were charging this man with a crime or some other wrong, I would have to listen to you. Roles Moses But since this concerns only words, names, and your own law, you will have to take care of it. I refuse to judge such matters. Then he sent them out of the court. The crowd grabbed Sosthenes, the Jewish leader, and beat him up in
front of the court. But none of this mattered to Gallio. Acts 18:12-17
Gods Word valid in secular court,
No, indeed! God tells the truth, even if everyone else is a liar. Roles Moses The Scriptures say about God, Your words will be proven true, and in court you will win your case. Romans 3:4 Small claims court, Dont you know that Gods people will judge the world? And if you are going to judge the world, cant you settle small problems? 1 Corinthians 6:2
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