Monday, April 11, 2011

Deuteronomy 21


Prairie Chick said...

"But if you are not pleased with her, you must let her go anywhere she wants. You must not sell her for money or make her a slave, because you have taken away her honor." v14

If you are not pleased with her? Wow. Somehow this just does not fit into my picture of marital fidelity! I always find chapters like this strange when polygamy and divorce are not forbidden and foreign concessions are made for them.

also the whole "sin worthy of death" thing (v22). We often say that sin is sin, but somehow sin that robs another of life or liberty is given much gravity in scripture.

Shailey said...

"If someone has committed a crime worthy of death and is executed and then hanged on a tree,the body must never remain on the tree over night. You must bury the body that same day, for anyone hanging on a tree is cursed of God.Do not defile the land the LORD your God is giving you as a special possession."v 22-23

I find this verse very interesting, that since God died on a tree a dead person that is hanged on a tree is cursed of God.

Elisa said...

They will say to the elders, "This son of ours is very stubborn. He wont obey us. He wastes his money.
He is always getting drunk." vs-20

Don't waste your money don't get drunk and don't disobey your parents. Because when the son in verse twenty disobeyed his parents nothing good came of it.

Denise said...

Thank you Shailey and Elisa! So wonderful to read your comments!

"Disobedient and rebellious children were to be brought before the elders of the city and stoned to death. There is no bibilical or archaeological evidence that this punishment was ever carried out, but the point was that disobedience and rebellion were not to be tolerated in the home or allowed to continue unchecked."

I'd like to tell this to my kids but it might give them nightmares!

Berry Girl said...

well, I don't know if my notes are absolutely right, but on the polygamy thing my notes say that "has two wives" was originally rendered as "has had two wives" meaning that a man had married twice in succession, and the first wife was deceased. So then this rule prevented the new wife from convincing the husband to give all the inheritance to her kids instead of the kids of the first wife.

But like I said, I don't know how absolutely accurate my notes are. Interesting though.

Prairie Chick said...

thanks for that, I never thought of that, but it would make sense.