[bible1year] Devotional comments on Deuteronomy 22-24

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 28 Feb 2015 12:53:35 -0000
        In verses 1-8 of chapter 22 we are given the law 
of brotherhood. We may note in verse 5 that God gives 
instructions that women and men should not put on each 
other's apparel. Ignoring the distinctive place of male 
and female as intended by God was an abomination.

        In verses 9-12 of chapter 22 the law emphasizing 
separation is given. Common distinctions in everyday 
life are presented to emphasize the need of separation 
from evil, and devotion to the Lord. In the New 
Testament we read in II Corinthians 6:11 and 7:1 where 
God emphasizes again the need of separation of His 
people from the world. Togetherness with the world only 
blights the testimony of a Christian and hurts his 
dedication to and effectiveness for the Lord. Guard your 
testimony, and strive daily to live the life which God 
has called you to live, that the name of Jesus Christ 
might be honored and glorified in everything you do.

        Finally, in chapter 24, laws are given 
concerning divorce. Verses 1-4 record the Mosaic 
concession on divorce. This was not a commandment, as 
the Pharisees who encountered Jesus wrongly concluded 
(Matthew 19:7,8), but merely a concession. That is, it 
was something which Moses allowed because of the 
hardness of the hearts of the people of Israel (cf. 
Matthew 5:31,32; 19:3-12; I Corinthians 7:10-15). We are 
living in a day when people take the holy acts of 
matrimony very lightly. God's instructions concerning 
divorce still stand. I am very fearful for our country, 
unless we return to God's teachings and principles 
concerning marriage and the home. Strong homes and 
churches are the foundations for any great country, and 
my heart aches because of what I see in our homes and 
churches today. My prayer is that God will send a 
revival to the home and to our local churches, that we 
might again turn from our wicked ways and turn to God 
for His leadership. I trust you will join with me in 
this prayer.