Understanding Torah Society - Part 2 - Public Goods - Order
In the introduction to "Understanding Torah Society," we briefly mentioned public goods. In this study we are going to examine the first of the six aspects commonly known as public goods-order. Once again, public goods consists of six categories: 1) order, 2) defense, 3) public health, 4) infrastructure, 5) education, and 6) social welfare.
According to the commonly held modern idea of government, it is government that should have the responsibility to maintain order. However, as we are about to see, according to Torah, it is not government which is charged with keeping order, but rather, it is every single individual member of Israel who YHWH has commanded to keep order. This is done by obeying His commandments.
1st Corinthians 14:40
But let all things be done decently and in order.
Regardless of what it is that Israel is doing as a nation or as individuals of that nation, it should all be done in order and according to Torah. When Israel is living according to Torah, then order is present. No man-made government can cause any person or group of people to keep and do the commandments of YHWH's Torah. Obeying the commandments of Torah is an individual choice. When a person makes that choice and follows up on that choice with life actions, then the natural outcome is order in the society of Israel.
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