Archive for December 11th, 2014

Deuteronomy 24

Deuteronomy 24 continues with direction on how the people are to live.  He begins with some direction on marriage.  One of the rules they were to follow was to not disrupt a newlywed.  “When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken”.  In today’s world, there is often a tendency not to really make marriage that big a priority for the first year.  It just gets taken in stride.  And as people live together the ceremony is more of a formality than the beginning of a new life together.

But the reality is that many things are established during that first year that impacts a marriage for its duration.  God knows how important it is to create good habits and positive communication.  He didn’t want a new marriage to be put under the stress of a husband being away.  He wanted them to take time with each other to create the patterns that they would live with the rest of their lives.  It is so difficult to change those patterns that are developed early in a marriage.  God knows that since He created marriage in the first place, just how important that is.

He also teaches that people need to be paid for the work they do.  “You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets”.  One of the things that creates issues between people is around money.  Failing to pay, or settle up money commitments is very divisive.  People tend to almost always get emotional if they feel that they are being taken advantage of regarding money.  This is an area we need to guard carefully and take care to be upright and quick in resolution.

Moses also reminds us that “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin”.  The reality is that every person is responsible for their own actions.  I often talk with parents who believe they are responsible for bad things that their kids may chose to do.  Scripture tells us that sin may impact people for generations, but at the end of the day sin is always an individual choice.  Every person will stand before God and have to account for their own actions.  Parents are not responsible for the sin of their kids, nor vice versa.  We all have to answer for our own choices.

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