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The Law of God and Public Policy (75)

Along with the Word we must also teach children all the works of God.

“When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the LORD our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt.’” Deuteronomy 6:20, 21

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Curriculum (1)
The Law of God and Public Policy (74)

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…” Deuteronomy 6.6, 7

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Culture as Educator
The Law of God and Public Policy (73)

All culture educates, thus all culture must be devoted to God.

“You shall write [these words] on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:9

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Educational Responsibility
The Law of God and Public Policy (72)

“Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over to possess it, that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, that your days may be long.” Deuteronomy 6:1, 2

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The Purpose of Education
The Law of God and Public Policy (71)

Education is primarily moral and spiritual in nature, not economical and vocational.

“Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over to possess it, that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, that your days may be long.” Deuteronomy 6:1, 2

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Educational Foundations
The Law of God and Public Policy (70)

The Law of God is foundational to true education.

“Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over to possess it, that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, that your days may be long.” Deuteronomy 6:1, 2

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Rejected from the Land
The Law of God and Public Policy (69)

God will not long abide abuse or misuse of His creation.

“You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out.” Leviticus 20:22

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Conservation
The Law of God and Public Policy (68)

Conserving creation allows us to love the generations yet to come.

“If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. You shall let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long.” Deuteronomy 22:6, 7

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Creation as Witness
The Law of God and Public Policy (67)

It is the glory of God’s people to discover God’s glory.

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. Proverbs 25:2

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Honoring the Creation
The Law of God and Public Policy (66)

“You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.” Deuteronomy 25:4

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The Purpose of Creation
The Law of God and Public Policy (65)

The earth and its creatures are God’s servants in the divine economy.

Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants. Psalm 119:89-91

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No Wanton Destruction
The Law of God and Public Policy (64)

Creation is to be cared for, not exploited.

“When you besiege a city for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them. You may eat from them, but you shall not cut them down. Are the trees in the field human, that they should be besieged by you? Only the trees that you know are not trees for food you may destroy and cut down, that you may build siegeworks against the city that makes war with you, until it falls.” Deuteronomy 20:19, 20

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The Earth is the Lord’s
The Law of God and Public Policy (63)

We are stewards of God’s creation.

The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Psalm 24:1

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Taking Life: War
The Law of God and Public Policy (62)

In war it may be necessary to take the life of another human being.

“When you go out to war against your enemies…” Deuteronomy 20:1

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Taking Life: Capital Punishment
The Law of God and Public Policy (61)

The death penalty has not been revoked; however, it must be postponed as long as possible.

“Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.” Leviticus 24.17

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