Lev 24:17 “Whoever takes a human soul will surely be put to death.
Lev 24:18 Whoever takes an animal’s soul will make it good, soul for soul.
Lev 24:19 If anyone injures his associate, as he has done it will be done to him,
Lev 24:20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has given a human will be given to him.
Lev 24:21 Whoever kills an animal will make it good, and whoever kills a human will be put to death.
Lev 24:22 You will have the same rule for the temporary resident and for the native, because I am Yahveh your God.”
Lev 24:23 So Moses spoke to the people of Israel, and they brought out of the camp the one who had cursed and stoned him with stones. And the people of Israel did as Yahveh commanded Moses.
the price of innocent life
The man who had blasphemed God in the desert on the way to the promised land was to pay the penalty with his own life, and the LORD used that opportunity to remind Moses and the Israelites of the sanctity of human life. It is not a contradiction to tell the people that they are to protect life but also that some lives had to be taken as a judgment. On the one hand, God wants to protect the innocent, but on the other hand, he warns that those guilty of major crimes will have to pay the price for their mistakes with their own lives. There is a valuation here — just like the valuation that makes a difference between the taking of a human soul (life) and an animal soul (life).
But that valuation is turned upside down by those who argue against a government’s right to put a criminal to death, but that government cannot prevent a parent from killing his innocent unborn child. There is no logic in that. It is demonic.
LORD, restore our nations to the godly wisdom of protecting all their innocent lives.