Reading today from Deuteronomy chapters 23 – 25.
In the reading today we find many different laws. Some dealing with those who cannot enter the congregation; and matters of holiness concerning possessing of material things which are considered unclean. We also find laws concerning divorce and remarriage of women. Matters of usury [interest] from members of the tribes, and family are include; and laws of gleaning crops. Laws concerning payment of hired servants are to be made at the end of the day, because of the poor and their great need. Laws concerning judgment that is to be fair and just for the stranger, orphan and widow. There is also the law of levirate marriage where a brother was to take his belated brothers wife, if that brother had gone childless, and raise up a child in that brother’s name.
I want us to look at one verse,
“The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.” Deuteronomy 24:16 (KJV)
Most people in the world of today would agree with this law. Why should the parents of a disobedient, rebellious, murdering, raping child be “put to death” for them? There are many parents who would lie for their murderous, child; and even go to prison for them; and possibly even die for them. God says that each one is guilty for his/her own sin. There are not many children who would be willing to die for a parent.
Truth be told this is just and right for all people.
This is further stated in the book of Ezekiel,
“Behold, all souls are Mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4
“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” v. 20
For some reason there are many cruel, and unreasoning people who believe God is only out to get; out to punish; out to be a vicious and cruel lord over all who are against Him; however, if we continue in Ezekiel we read this,
“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” Ezekiel 18:23
“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” v. 32
The LORD does not delight in the death of the wicked, but that they might turn to Him and live. He has made it all possible through the death of His Son Jesus Christ; His burial and resurrection. The Just for the unjust.
God’s wonderful gift of grace.
Read Deuteronomy 23 – 25 for today.
-Tim A. Blankenship