July 2, 2013 — Frequently in the Bible God gives instructions to “tell” or “do” certain things to ensure generations who did not bear witness remember what He did.
For example, when the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land a representative from each of the 12 tribes took up a stone to prompt their children to ask “What do these stones mean?” They were instructed to tell the story of how the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord so the people could cross. The stones were to be a memorial forever.
June 25, 2013 — After something like 20 years of wrangling, a panel of three federal judges last week ordered the state of California to release nearly 10,000 inmates from its state prisons by year’s end.
The issue centers on the conditions in which approximately 110,000 inmates live — conditions the U.S. Supreme Court determined were nothing short of cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Last week the federal judges ordered the state to reduce the number of prisoners to 137 percent of capacity. Current estimates put the capacity at something like 150 percent.