There’s been lots of talk about law and order recently. In this political year, this political environment, the talk of law and order often rises to the surface. So much so that I wondered how our talk about the subject reflects the biblical reality of what law and order means.

When the Israelites were liberated from slavery in Egypt, they entered a period of time in the desert. Forty years is the timeframe, but contrary to the commonly held belief they wandered for 40 years, they only wandered about two years. They camped at the banks of the River Jordan, whereupon Moses sent spies into the land of Canaan, the land God intended for the Israelites to settle. The spies came back and reported a very negative situation there, one that the Israelites would have trouble with. So God said they needed to stay on the other side, where for the next 38 years, they looked over into the land promised, longingly, until they were ready to cross over.

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