The Ten Commandments did not complete the instructions of Adonai. He continued to reveal His Torah with His mishpatim or rulings. Mishpat is a Hebrew noun which means ‘judgment or rights.’ Mishpat deals with the act of sitting as a judge and rendering a verdict so that judicial issues are properly executed.
A terror attack at the entrance of Jerusalem was carried out by two Hamas members from East Jerusalem. Four Israelis were killed: Rabbi Elimelech Wasserman, 73, Chana Ifergan, 60s, Livia Dickman, 24 and pregnant, and Yuval Doron Castleman, 38.
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the attack, and added “This is the same Hamas that carried out the terrible massacre on October 7, the same Hamas that tries to murder us everywhere. We swore, and I swore, to eliminate Hamas. Nothing will stop us.”
With each of those that I knew who took their lives, much discussion ensues about eternity. Some believe that the person loses eternal life; others believe they never had it. Still others say, ‘once saved, always saved’ or believe that just because the person left loved ones, they receive a special place with God. Though each person has their reasons for their viewpoint, they never really talk about the consequences of the ‘murder of self.’ I had no real opinion so I put it in the category of God knows the destiny of the one who commits suicide since it’s not definitively laid out in Scripture.
Last week everyone waited for word about Jessica Ridgeway, an 11-year-old girl in Colorado. Was she alive or dead? Unfortunately, she was not found alive and had been brutally dismembered. The fate of Jessica and many other young girls like her always bring back memories of a similar occurrence in my own life.