Saturday, 28 October 2017

Deuteronomy 21-25

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan Barnes said...

21:22-23 If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole, you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse.

(From Constable’s Commentary) “The fact that Jesus Christ’s enemies crucified Him on a tree for all to see demonstrated that God had cursed Him because He bore our sins as our substitute. His hanging on a tree did not result in God cursing him.”

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.’” (Galatians 3:13).

Susan Barnes said...

22:1-3 If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back. Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.

Do not ignore being kind. Such a simple thing to help someone by looking out for them but it does get overlooked in our busy, self-focussed world.

Susan Barnes said...

23:3-6 No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation. For they did not come to meet you with bread and water on your way when you came out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim to pronounce a curse on you. However, the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them as long as you live.

Yet God is gracious and included Ruth (and Rahab). Both these women made a commitment to make the God of Israel their God (Ruth 1:16, Joshua 2:11).

Susan Barnes said...

24:5 If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.

This is an indication of God’s grace that men “could establish a strong home and begin producing descendants” (Constable). God is not a slave driver making high demands of his people.

Susan Barnes said...

25:1 When people have a dispute, they are to take it to court and the judges will decide the case, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty.

“they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked” (KJV)

Justify means to declare righteous not to make righteous. Romans 3:28 tells us that a person is declared righteous by faith. (See also Galatians 2:16, 3:11)