Bible Traffic Violations

Most motorists have had some brush with the law with respect to traffic violations. It may have been anything from a parking meter infraction to a charge of driving too fast through a speed zone. Travel methods have changed phenomenally since Bible times. The truck has taken the place of the ox-cart. Tractors do the work formerly done by the elephant, the ox and the water buffalo. Cars have displaced the camel and the speedy racehorse. While the mode of travel has changed drastically, it should be observed that the principles regulating traffic have not changed basically. Let us analyze some of the Bible accounts in the light of present day traffic violations.

One glaring example concerned a priest who was hurrying down the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. In the gathering twilight he noticed a scuffle, taking place, at the roadside. Some gangsters were beating the life out of a man, but when they saw the priest coming they fled leaving their victim in dying agony. Unfortunately the priest was already late for his appointment in Jericho so he ignored the man’s plea for help and turning his head the other way he scurried past. Since his action greatly endangered a man’s life, the priest was later charged with “Failing to remain at the scene of an accident.”

A few minutes later a Levite was caught making “a prohibited left turn” at the same place. In a sense the Levite was trying to avoid the scene of the accident but his actions showed callous criminal neglect. He heard the groans of the dying man and could even hear the labored breathing as he gasped for breath, but since he did not want to dirty his hands or soil his clothes, he glanced quickly to see that no one was looking and then swerved dangerously to the left and hastily left the scene. He was so engrossed in making alibis for himself that he almost got stepped on by a donkey coming towards him. “Beastly Samaritan,” he growled half under his breath, “I just cannot stand Samaritans.”
When the Levite arrived back in Jerusalem a few days later, he went to call on his brother, but failed to find him home. He enquired from a neighbor who said, “Oh, didn’t you hear? Your brother set out for Jericho a few days ago and hasn’t returned. The word is going around, that he was savagely attacked by some bandits and would have died if a kind hearted Samaritan hadn’t come along and rescued him.” The man failed to notice how the Levite turned "ashen pale" as he turned quietly muttering, “So my own brother owes his life to that Samaritan that I despised. I must plead guilty to making that wrong turn.”

Balaam lost his license to drive because of his repeated infractions of the law. He was charged with going the wrong way, in “a one way street,” with disregarding all the “stop signs,” and with reckless driving.” His guilt was all the more culpable because he ignored the warning of the “flag man” who tried to prevent him from pursuing his misadventure, but Balaam went heedlessly on. One of Balaam’s feet got badly crushed as he tried to negotiate his donkey past a roadblock that was erected by the Divine Department of Highways, since that route was closed to traffic. The donkey was forced so close to a nearby wall, that Balaam suffered a nasty fracture, which caused him to limp the rest of his life.
In fairness to Balaam, it should be remembered that he had just received an offer of the most lucrative stipend in all his life to hold a meeting for a group of enemies of Israel. Doubtless Balaam reasoned that it would be quite ecumenical to include these Moabites and Midianites under the blessing of God, provided they paid him enough for his services. He had no doubt that he could disguise the perfidy of his ulterior motives, by claiming it to be a demonstration of tolerance and brotherly fellowship. But Balaam overlooked the fact that God’s truth is priceless. To confer God’s blessing on people who are devoid of God’s grace, is to cheapen, compromise and pervert the eternal truth. It merits the scorn of men who stand for principle and brings dishonor on the high calling of the ministry. In view of the fact that Balaam disregarded the Judge, he was cited for “contempt of court” and serves as a universal precedent, that it pays to observe God’s law on the highway of holiness.
The next man on the docket, was no less than King Pharaoh, the great Dictator of Egypt. He was charged for ten infractions of “failing to stop for the red flasher signal.” The red flashing signals were calculated to warn him that he was on the wrong track. Among the more flagrant violations, was one: charged with driving without lights when all Egypt was engulfed in darkness. Moses sternly rebuked him and told him his probation was over, on account of his recklessness. Pharaoh, not being accustomed to taking orders from anyone, refused to accept the verdict and decided to appeal to a Higher Court. This was a fatal blunder, for the Supreme Court not only upheld the first conviction, but when Pharaoh could not produce his driver’s license for crossing the Red Sea, both he and his armies were prohibited from ever driving in Egypt again.
Many interesting examples could be cited. Jonah received an unusual “parking ticket,” that almost caused a marine disaster. Paul was charged with “Failing to yield the right of way,” several times. The last time, was on the way to Damascus, but he was placed on probation, following a final warning from the Judge and he was never guilty of the offense again as long as he lived.
Bible traffic violations suggest Bible highways. Jesus said there are two ways, a broad way and a narrow way. All traffic fatalities occur on the Broad Highway. This is because of the steep incline. Almost imperceptibly, the brakes give out, causing the driver to lose control and hurtle to destruction. Many wrecks occur from making a wrong turn or failing to heed the warning lights.

Isaiah describes God’s highway thus: “And an highway shall be there, and a way and it shall be called the way of holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those, the wayfaring men, though fools shall not err therein.” Isa. 35:8, Habbakuk is quoted as saying: “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
God’s Highway is so plain that it doesn’t require extraordinary mental faculties or a long period of time to discover it. You simply start at the CROSS, take the first turn to the RIGHT and then keep going STRAIGHT. Violations have penalties that are evident that it behooves us all to drive carefully on the highway of life. The life you save may be your own. Don’t insist on your “rites.” Above all, “drive prayerfully.”




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