Why is the Torah narrative non-linear? The story of Moses talking to the Jews and going up and down Mt. Sinai is broken up and told out of order. You can see this for yourself in any Chumash or Bible. The end of last week’s parsha does not coincide with the opening events of this week’s. Instead, the narrative is broken. Inserted into this gap are the many judgments, mishpatim, that we are commanded to follow in regards to matters of civil law. With any regular story book we could assume this was an oversight or some funny artistic method of the author. Not so with the Torah. This “misplacement” gives a very powerful message. Additionally, think of a time something seemed out of place in your life. Later, when you could see the final outcome, did you think about how, at the time, that event or situation was terrible? However, later turned out to be the best thing for you. Things that are out-of-place can teach us a lot later on. They become perfect with the fullness of time.
(After the Superbowl, I had to show my allegiance to the other football. Hence, the Manchester United beanie. Enjoy.)