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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Chronological, Reading Plan for Mar 17, Deut 21-23

Today's readings are Deut 21-23. Tomorrow's are Deut 24-27. 

In detailing some of the guidelines for the upcoming battles for the Promised Land, Deut 21 makes it clear that victory in those battles will not be determined by sheer numbers but by loyalty to God. There are liberal exemptions from service and fighting. The Hebrews are to trust in God for their victories, not their own might. 

We see clarification and implementation of a variety of civil laws. The unity of God's people is a factor in dealing with murders in which there are no witnesses. The closest community is to take responsibility and offer a corporate sacrifice in atonement. 

While multiple marriages are not sanctioned, provisions for fairness and compassion are made for the wives in those multiple marriages that exist in Deut 22. 

Sons who are blatantly, repeatedly rebellious are to be put to death. This is a reflection of the "wages of sin" Paul describes in Rom 6:23.

Another civil law determines that lost property must not only be properly cared for but returned to its owner. This is a direct result of the spiritual truth that everything we have comes from God and belongs to God. If God determines to give something to another, it is not our prerogative to claim it for our own. Rather, we should make every effort to honor God's will in who should possess that item. 

The remainder of Deut 22 and 23 prescribe some parameters for holy living. These guidelines display that God's people are set apart and are to rise above cultural norms and strive for a higher moral standard, one that reflects the holiness of the Father.  

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