Halakha, the public nature of
- Isaiah 33:22 HCSB For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our King. He will save us.
Yahweh Shaphat is our Lawgiver. (Isaiah 33:22; James 4:12)
His laws are to have pre-eminence above that of Lowlanders. (Levitucs 18:3; Micah 6:16; 2 Kings 17:19-20)
Thus any Lowlander law that contradicts Hashem's should be considered repugnant to us and disregarded. (Isaiah 10:1-2; 24:5-6; Daniel 3:10-30; 6:5-22)
Halakha is to be kept by all the faithful throughout the land (Leviticus 18:4-5; Deuteronomy 5:32-33; Ezekiel 20:19)
There is to be one law for all, regardless of racial origin. (Exodus 12:49; Leviticus 24:22; Numbers 9:14)
Immigrants are to follow the same law as citizens. (Leviticus 16:29; 17:12-15; 18:26; 24:16; 25:6; Numbers 15:30; 35:15; Deuteronomy 1:16; 5:14; 24:17; 27:19; 31:12; Joshua 8:33-35)
Anyone who defiantly disregards the law and shows contempt for Halakha is to be cut off from the people. (Numbers 15:29-31)
It's not enough to give verbal assent to the law, one must actively obey it. (Deuteronomy 27:26; Galatians 3:10)
We must show respect for the principles that we may derive from our ancestor's involvement with God and the world, that has produced Halakha. (1 Samuel 24:13; Job 8:8; Isaiah 51:2; Jeremiah 18:15)
- Nehemiah 8:8 HCSB They read the book of the law of God, translating and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was read.
The law is to be systematically taught to the people. In order to safeguard the law, nothing about it may be secret. (Deuteronomy 29:29; 30:11).
Therefore, it must be publicly displayed. (Exodus 17:14; 31:18; Deuteronomy 27:1-3:8; 31:9; Joshua 8:32; 24:25-26)
A summary should be posted on the doors of homes and on the city gates. (Deuteronomy 6:9; 11:20)
It is to be publicly read. (Exodus 24:7; 35:1; Deuteronomy 5:1; Joshua 8:34-35; Nehemiah 8:2-6, 13-14; 13:1-3)
At least once every seven years the law is to be read to all the people so that they will be intimately familiar with it. (Deuteronomy 31:10-13)
Both public and private instruction in the law should be made available. (Deuteronomy 5:31; 6:7-8, 20-25; Nehemiah 8:1-9; Jeremiah 36:6; Acts 13:15)