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.”.
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.
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.