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Deuteronomy 22

DAILY DEVOTION

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

                                                    

SCRIPTURE:  Deuteronomy 22

By: Jeremy Witt

Have you ever thought to yourself that God’s ways are just so much different than the world’s?  Have you ever found yourself wanting to do something that made perfect sense to you, but the Bible or the Spirit of God was telling not to do that very thing?  In the book of Isaiah, there are some verses that speak to this very thing.  Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Our world’s motto is “finder’s keepers, loser weepers.”  God says, “NO!”  Do what is right and look out for your neighbors and their property if they are not around.  It is your responsibility as stated in verse 3.

God set the nation of Israel apart to be different from the world for His purposes.  We are not to be like the world.  We are to be different, set apart, or specifically, we are called to be holy, as He is holy.  This idea is carried out further in the New Testament as these examples show:

Romans 12:2 (NLT)  “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”.

John 15:19
If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

John 17:14-16
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

1 John 2:15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

 God carries this out in Deuteronomy 22:5 to keep us set apart from the other gender.  We are called to be pure and holy in everything we do, and to be responsible not just for ourselves for the whole nation or family.  God is protecting the family roles.  He is also protecting us from distorting how we are made by Him.  In our world today, we think we know better than God which is simply sin and disobedience. 

Verses 6-12 are various laws tied to purity, being one and set apart and not tied to something different.  Remember that we are called to be tied to God and not this world.  Whether it is two animals plowing, a garment of clothing, or crops, God was sending a message to the Israelites to be pure in everything they did and not to combine things so that they would not combine the worship and practices of their neighbors.  These laws do not apply to us, but the principles are important for us to remember.  We must protect our worship and practices that will honor and point us to Jesus. 

The last portion of our chapter deals with sexual purity.  Again God is protecting women, marriage, and the family.  There are some specifics that are mentioned to protect the innocent and their consequences. 

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Deuteronomy 21

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

                                                    

SCRIPTURE:  Deuteronomy 21

By: Jeremy Witt

Have you read this chapter yet?  You should read it before you read this devotional.  No really!  Have you done it yet?  

Wow!  Can you imagine if this was carried out in today’s world with our culture and media?  Holy Cow!  Yes I just said that for verses 3-6.  When a crime was committed and the criminal got away, the whole community was held responsible.  It was an unsolved murder.  Imagine the TV shows they could have.  Today, this would be similar to location that was deemed dangerous and someone got hurt as in an abandoned building or dangerous intersection.  The city would be held responsible for damages/death/repairs/cleanup.  God was holding the people accountable together.  People needed to look after each other and make any changes, corrections, etc that might be needed.  This would apply to physical, social, and moral issues that the people would see happening. 

Verses 10-14 are a bit difficult for us today, or at least me.  The custom apparently was a soldier could take a beautiful woman as wife and then toss her away, so God made provisions to take care of her.  What we miss is that this foreign wife would be a 2nd or 3rd wife as the soldier would have a Jewish wife already.  The shaving of the hair and nails was to show a break from her past and her family.  She would be moving forward and not returning to her old ways.  It would be humbling (haircut) but also a purifying moment as she would follow the one true God.  The month long time without intimacy was to protect the two from immorality and to make sure this was more than just a fling.  Again God providing and trying to protect the family as well as the foreign woman, who had been used and abused in many circumstances.

Verses 15-17 deal with inheritance and personal preferences of the father impacting inheritance.  Again God is providing for the oldest son regardless as many had been left out based off the father’s preferences.  Yet again, we see God’s provision for the tradition He had given already.  We see God protecting the family again.

Verses 18-21 are dealing with an adult son, not a young child or teen, but a man past the age of accountability.  And the parents are not the ones to stone the son, but the elders who are impartial are the ones God commanded to stone the rebel.  Yet again God is protecting the family.  Do you see a pattern yet?

Then there are verses 22-23.  When we first read this, we instantly think of the Cross, don’t we! Yes, Jesus did this, but crucifixion was not being done yet.  This was referring to being hung or placed upon a tree for public display after death.  This was shameful, humiliating, and led to scavengers.  This type of death or punishment after death was viewed as being cursed by God. 

When Jesus was hung on the Cross (tree), He took our place of being cursed by God.  He substituted Himself in our place.  That was our punishment that He took. 

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