by Daniel F. N. Ritchie
How do we distinguish between judicial (socio-political) laws in the Bible? In the early Reformed and modern Theonomic writings there are various useful suggestions (I won't repeat them all here), which are fine as generalisations, but perhaps not entirely sufficient. However, allow me to make the following suggestion (largely based on recent reading of Daniel Cawdrey, Herbert Palmer and John Owen):
1. Simply moral: these are laws which are purely and simply moral laws, such as the death penalty for murder or the prohibition on bestiality. Such laws simply forever bind all.
2. Moral-positive: these laws are in substance moral, but have circumstantial aspects. These continue to bind us according to their marrow, but they do not bind us any further than the general equity thereof may require. The Deut. 22:8 case law is an example of this.
3. Ceremonial-positive: these laws are either ceremonial in nature or entirely unique to
, they have either been abrogated or completely died out with Israel 's expiration. Israel
This piece was originally posted on the Confessional Puritan Board