@Bye - the Law is not a means of salvation but a way to point out our sin. (Romans 8:3) Now I think about it, I don't think the Law was ever intended to bring us salvation because it can't. There's only Grace - Amazing as it is.
What does the Bible say about Capital Punishment?
Prompted from that question, would it be appropriate to tag these kinds of questions with biblical-basis? Or perhaps reference-request? Or would another tag be better?
(See also this old discussion. I thought a new one would be valuable consider...
@Wikis I've actually further extended that view to the whole of Israel. I think that the entire point of Israel may have been a giant object lesson that even chosen by God, setup with the best resources and blessings, allowed to kill off anyone who might cause them to stray, they were still unable to live up to the law.
literally, stacking the deck entirely in their favor
@AJHenderson. I agree. More than that: the whole OT or maybe Bible is proving we cannot live without good. Would eugenics / perfect genes work? No, tried that with Adam & Eve. Ok, how about starting again with one really good guy? Nope, Noah. OK, God telling you everything you need to do. Nope, Israel (as you mentioned). And then the kings, judges, prophets... It's all to show us that we cannot solve the problem of sin.
Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum; Si þin nama gehalgod to becume þin rice gewurþe ðin willa on eorðan swa swa on heofonum. urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg and forgyf us ure gyltas swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge ac alys us of yfele soþlice