Other Laws

Exodus 20:22-23:33


When we read the Bible, we must remember we are travelling to a foreign country and be good travellers. We must understand the context of the time (the ancient near-east 3500 years ago), and then we can see that God was indeed showing mercy to the vulnerable and oppressed.

By Exodus 20, the Israelites were rescued from their slavery in Egypt and given the law to help them reflect God’s character amongst themselves and to the nations around them. The law embraces the vulnerable. People weren’t allowed to be abducted, slaves (which worked more as interns) were only obligated to work for seven years and then given a choice of freedom. Furthermore, runaway slaves had to be protected on the basis that they ran away from an abusive master. God’s laws are not oppressive. They work in the dark reality of our world, and provide mercy and grace amidst the darkness. Now we live in light of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Let us live in light of the kingdom, and live to see bondages released and slaves set free.

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21 Jul 2021

Andrew Judd

Andrew Judd is a Pastor at City on a Hill and an ordained Anglican minister. He is married to Stephanie Judd, who is also an Anglican minister and a leader at City on a Hill. When he's not looking after their two small children he works as a Lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley College.

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Andrew Grills

Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.

11 Jul 2021

Andrew Judd

Andrew Judd is a Pastor at City on a Hill and an ordained Anglican minister. He is married to Stephanie Judd, who is also an Anglican minister and a leader at City on a Hill. When he's not looking after their two small children he works as a Lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley College.

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Matt Keller

Matt is the Director of our Next Generation ministries. As such, each week he experiences the joy of investing in the health, unity and growth of our children's and youth ministry volunteers and staff. Matt is an ordained Anglican minister who has been involved in kids and youth work for around 25 years, and still feels he has the greatest job in the world. He also loves reading, watching movies, playing basketball and surfing with his children Anastasia, Xander and Mali and spending time with his wife Emilie.

11 Jul 2021

Andrew Judd

Andrew Judd is a Pastor at City on a Hill and an ordained Anglican minister. He is married to Stephanie Judd, who is also an Anglican minister and a leader at City on a Hill. When he's not looking after their two small children he works as a Lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley College.

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Peter Steven

Pete is a pastor, and Community Director, for City on a Hill Geelong. He has a heart to serve, and to see people connect in to this big, wonderful family we call the church. He is married to his best friend Rachelle and together they have 7 children and one son-in-law. He loves bike riding, surfing, and spending time with the family. He is currently studying a Masters of Divinity, which he hopes to finish sometime this decade!