June 20, 2018

Deuteronomy 25:1–3 (NLT) — 1 “Suppose two people take a dispute to court, and the judges declare that one is right and the other is wrong. 2 If the person in the wrong is sentenced to be flogged, the judge must command him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with the number of lashes appropriate to the crime. 3 But never give more than forty lashes; more than forty lashes would publicly humiliate your neighbor.

To us this seems pretty harsh so we in all of our wisdom came up with the idea of prisons. Obviously this prison system doesn’t work out very well judging by the fact that we have to keep building them. I googled to see what it cost to house a prisoner for a year. The figures ranged from approximately $14,000 in Kentucky to $70,000 in California. The most expensive place to house a prisoner was in Guantanamo Bay to the tune of $900,000 per year. Another figure was that it cost American taxpayers 32 billion dollars a year to house all the prisoners in America. God’s law never provided for prisons.

God’s way was that each individual community be responsible to uphold his law and take care of the law breaker. Punishment was meted out immediately upon the person being found guilty. If it was a capital crime the person was put to death or in the case above flogged. We must remember that we can never improve upon God’s ways and methods in anything. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Deuteronomy 25:4 (NLT) — 4 “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.

Workers must be compensated and people must work to be compensated > (1Cor.9:11, 2Thess. 3:10). Think of how much more money we would be able to take home in our paychecks if we didn’t have to pay taxes to house prisoners and to pay the people on welfare who are perfectly capable of working.

Deuteronomy 25:5–10 (NLT) — 5 “If two brothers are living together on the same property and one of them dies without a son, his widow may not be married to anyone from outside the family. Instead, her husband’s brother should marry her and have intercourse with her to fulfill the duties of a brother-in-law. 6 The first son she bears to him will be considered the son of the dead brother, so that his name will not be forgotten in Israel. 7 “But if the man refuses to marry his brother’s widow, she must go to the town gate and say to the elders assembled there, ‘My husband’s brother refuses to preserve his brother’s name in Israel—he refuses to fulfill the duties of a brother-in-law by marrying me.’ 8 The elders of the town will then summon him and talk with him. If he still refuses and says, ‘I don’t want to marry her,’ 9 the widow must walk over to him in the presence of the elders, pull his sandal from his foot, and spit in his face. Then she must declare, ‘This is what happens to a man who refuses to provide his brother with children.’ 10 Ever afterward in Israel his family will be referred to as ‘the family of the man whose sandal was pulled off’!

I believe this is all about looking out for one another even though it may cost us time and money. Families need to be looked after and cared for. We are our brother’s keeper. James said pure religion is looking out for the orphans and widows. However today many are homeless and many are in group homes and foster homes because over the years the farther we have gotten away from God and his word the more messed up we have become. Again communities were to take care of their own it is a great shame when we don’t > this is signified by the pulling off of the sandal(not walking in the ways of the Lord) and spitting in the face(shame).

Deuteronomy 25:11–12 (NLT) — 11 “If two Israelite men get into a fight and the wife of one tries to rescue her husband by grabbing the testicles of the other man, 12 you must cut off her hand. Show her no pity.

God takes procreation seriously. It was one of his first commands > be fruitful and multiply. What would happen if the penalty for abortion was the cutting off of the hand both for the abortionist and the one having the abortion?

Deuteronomy 25:13–15 (NLT) — 13 “You must use accurate scales when you weigh out merchandise, 14 and you must use full and honest measures. 15 Yes, always use honest weights and measures, so that you may enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Integrity, integrity, integrity!

Deuteronomy 25:17–19 (NLT) — 17 “Never forget what the Amalekites did to you as you came from Egypt. 18 They attacked you when you were exhausted and weary, and they struck down those who were straggling behind. They had no fear of God. 19 Therefore, when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies in the land he is giving you as a special possession, you must destroy the Amalekites and erase their memory from under heaven. Never forget this!

Don’t become complacent in your worship, your giving, your praise and gratitude, your time spent with the Lord, your fellowship with other believers and your feeding on the scriptures. The enemy picks off those who lag behind. Don’t think that because you have been a Christian for many years that now you can kick back and relax. Stay in the front. Find an area to be involved in at church. Find an individual or family that you can help. Keep witnessing for Jesus. Get a partner who will spur you on to love and good deeds. Stay accountable to someone.

King David should have been out in the front of his army leading it. Instead he sent someone else to lead and he stayed home. While he was lagging behind his eyes wandered and pretty soon he found himself in an adulteress relationship. (2Sam.11:1-5). Peter lagged behind and he found himself denying his Lord.(Luke 22:54) The nation of Israel grew fat and lagged behind. >

Deuteronomy 32:15 (NLT) — 15 “But Israel soon became fat and unruly; the people grew heavy, plump, and stuffed! Then they abandoned the God who had made them; they made light of the Rock of their salvation.

The lion knows she only has to be faster than the slowest of the gazelles. Throw off or destroy anything that has slowed you down in your devotion to the Lord >

Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) — 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Stay in the front.

Be Inspired Hilltop!