Holiness unto the Lord
Be ye holy for I am holy is our Lord's command (1 Pet 1:6). The God of Israel was concerned about the holiness of His children. So Moses clearly urges the Israelites to keep away from anything that is detestable to the Lord. Among the Israelites any one who does any detestable thing displeasing to the Lord had to be severely punished. They were to be stoned to death.
▪ Showing contempt to the judge or priest.
▪ Human sacrifice, divination, sorcery, witch craft, casting spells, medium or spiritist and consulting the dead.
▪ False witness.
▪ Rebellious disobedient son.
▪ Sexual immorality.
Why did the Israelites have to keep their camp holy?
The Lord God moved in their camp to protect and deliver their enemies to them. The camp had to be kept holy because of God's presence so that He may not turn away from them seeing anything indecent. (Deut 23:14).
Self check for the Day
The God of the Old Covenant who was so earnest regarding holiness among His people is likewise in the New Covenant too. Jesus Christ was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities to free us from our sins. Making Him the Lord of our lives only can enable us to lead holy lives.
We as children of God might have put away our sins, but there are worldly pleasures we hold on to because our flesh enjoys them. When God tells us to make a change we must obey.
✝ We are told that our old man is crucified with Christ (Rom.6:6). We have to cleanse and consecrate ourselves to God. Our born again spirit should have complete control over us enabling our lives to be holy and pleasing to God.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa
The Fate of a Prodigal Son Deuteronomy 21:18-21
The law says, "Honor your father and mother.." ✒Exodus 20:12; Deut 5:16. But a son who is stubborn, rebellious, a glutton and a drunkard is a threat and a deep concern for his family and the society. Breaking the law is a crime in OT.
In today's passage the helpless parents would bring their rebellious son to the elders at the gate of the town (a place where legal cases were tried), and would testify their son's characters.
How sad it is to listen when the parents would say, "Our son is stubborn, rebellious, a glutton and a drunkard.." (v 18,20)
How terrible would be the scene when they would witness the people stoning at their son to death?
Yes, that was the law - to stone at the rebellious son to death( v 21). This was required:
~ to purge the evil from the people/society
~ to set an example to Israel.
✅ In Luke 15:11-32 the younger son's characters can also be summarised as stubborn, rebellious,selfish and indecency. The younger son insulted his father by demanding his inheritance. His motive becomes apparent when he departs, taking with him all his possessions and leaving nothing behind to come back again. He wants to be free from the parental discipline.
According to Mosaic law the younger son would have to die by stoning but instead the father blessed him and honoured him with the best of the gifts: A robe, a ring, sandals, a fattened calf and a feast to celebrate his home coming (v 21-24).
How is this possible❓
The Bible says, "For the law was given through Moses ; Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ. ✒ John 1:17. The compassionate father illustrates the character of God. He is compassionate to the outcasts and those who have been rejected by the society. He is willing to welcome them and bring them into His family. BY HIS GRACE WE ARE SAVED ✝
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
This chapter contains laws to protect human life.
Laws to settle between the blood of the murdered, and the blood of the murderer;
There are 6 cities of refuge for protection to those who are guilty of involuntary killing.
They were not places to escape from judgement, but rather places where justice was confirmed.
So, whenever someone comes to seek protection at a city of refuge, the elders of the city were to judge his case and determine if he was truly worthy of protection.
In verse 11- 13; the Lord says, “But if OUT OF HATE someone lies in wait, assaults and kills a neighbor, ……… "‘Show no pity”
God looked within the hearts to determine the motive behind the act.
Whatever we do, God is always looking the intention within our hearts.
Jesus is our city of refuge, His gates are always open wide, waiting to provide shelter for all who run in faith.
Are we desperately looking for a safe shelter from someone or something opposing us?
Then there is no difficult journey needed,
…..only run to the loving hands of JESUS.. Our Saviour..
Shadow of Jesus becoming the curse for us by hanging on the Tree of Calvary.... Deutronomy 21:22-23.
Tucked in between all the verses is hidden a the shadow of the cross in Deutronomy 21:22-23, which can easily be skipped over.
The New Testament becomes so rich when we understand that it is the Old Testament revealed. Galatians 3:10-14 has to be understood in the light of Deutronomy 21:23. Paul was writing to the foolish Galatians who were going back to being under the Law after experience the Grace of God's Salvation. He was telling them that instead of living under the blessing through the grace of God, they were going back to living under the curse of the Law.
If any person broke the law he was cursed by the law with a death penalty and hanged after being stoned. The dead body cannot be left hanging all night, but had to be buried as it will defile the the land God was giving as inheritance, Deutronomy 21:22-23.
Jesus could have been stoned to death according to the Jewish death penalty but that would not remove the curse that came upon us. He fulfilled the Old Testament Law and took every curse upon His Body, by hanging on the Cross, so that we can be Blessed. Jesus satisfied what the law required. He fulfilled all the requirements of the Law. He was the end of the Law, Romans 10:4.
Jesus hanging on the tree was the proof of Him being made sin and a curse for his people, and that He bore the curse of the law for their sins, and that the taking of him down from the tree, and burying him, signified the removing the curse from him and his people for whom he suffered, and by that He redeemed them from the curse of the law, Galatians 3:10-14.
Dear Child of God, Remember and Rejoice that every curse that should come upon us has been dealt with by Jesus who hung on the tree for us, so that we can receive the blessing of Abraham through Christ Jesus, Galatians 3:14.
The Law, though Perfect,Good and Holy, Cannot Commend Men, But Can Only Condemn Them. Jesus has done a perfect and complete work on the Cross. All we have to do is Believe and Receive the Free gift of Salvation....Amen
Deuteronomy 17: 5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
We are alive today only because of the grace of God through Jesus Christ John 1: 17
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Imagine if we are still under the Mosaic law, if we have to be stoned to death for our sins, shortcomings, offenses and wicked deeds. How many of us would remain alive today?
How many thousands of people were sentenced to be killed during the period of law.
Jesus Christ brought the GRACE and truth.
Remember how Jesus rescued the woman caught in the act of adultery.
That is the Grace brought by Jesus
It's grace through Jesus we are spared from condemnation
Mercy is when God spares us from bad things which we deserve.
Grace is when He gives us good things which we don't deserve.
We don't deserve heaven, we only deserve hell. Today you and me claim to be the heirs of heaven, it's only His grace.
Let us make use of this grace period to build up our spiritual lives.
He became a curse for me✝
When someone does a good deed for us, or helps us in our need in some way, most of us are thankful.
When the consequence of the good deed means personal sacrifice to the perpetrator of the good deed, our thankfulness is magnified.
I wonder, though if we truly understand the magnitude of Christ's sacrifice for us. I was reminded of His sacrifice on reading this obscure verse in Deuteronomy which is referred to in Galatians as well...
his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance Deut 21:23
In Galatians 3:13 it says: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” (the reference is to Deut 21:23)
We see in Acts 5:30, the cross that Christ was hung from is referred to as a tree. This kind of death was reserved for the most depraved of sinners. It meant a lingering, suffering death and for the Jews such a person who died on a tree/cross was regarded as under God's curse.
What an understatement!
All the sins of the world were piled onto Jesus as He hung on the Cross. He became a curse for us. For you and me. The punishment that you and I should undergo in order for justice to be served, was piled on Him who knew no sin. The only perfect and holy One. He was the Lamb without defect. The perfect sacrifice. Only His blood could atone for the sins of Mankind- every single last sin, from the most heinous and evil of crimes to the littlest white lie...all equally an abomination before a pure and holy God!
Can you totally understand that? No? Neither can I. I catch a glimpse of it from time to time. If I understood it in its entirety I know I would be spending every last minute just thanking Him, overcome with praise and thanksgiving! I pray that I will dwell on the glorious fact of my freedom from the punishment I deserve by the sacrifice of my Saviour, my Creator, my Redeemer who hung on the cross, bleeding and cursed so that I can be blessed. What greater Sacrifice is there than the sacrifice of the Son of God Himself so that I will spend Eternity with Him.
Lord: By Your death and resurrection, I was set free! I have liberty and an inheritance in heaven. Help my mind to be ever fixed on this great redemption that I enjoy. All else pales in comparison with this. Hallelujah! Amen.
Maths in Deuteronomy, Principles Governing Kings