Deuteronomy 25

Deuteronomy 25 has Moses giving more direction on how people are to live.  He begins by addressing disputes and the punishment that a judge may hand out.  The guilty is to “be beaten in his presence with a number of stripes in proportion to his offense”.  The worse the crime, the worse the punishment.  But it also set the maximum number of stripes at 40.  That number sound familiar?  Jesus was given 40 lashes as his punishment – the maximum.  It was the edge of being enough to kill a man.  Jesus paid it all for us.

We sometimes don’t recall the pain and suffering our Lord went through on His way to the cross.  We may remember the pain of His crucifixion, which was immense, but there was much more suffering on that journey to the Cross from the beating He took to the carrying of the Cross to Calvary.  It was a gruesome death our Lord suffered.  Judges in Moses day had the right to inflict significant punishment as well.

There are some rules about what happens if a man dies and leaves a wife behind.  “Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife”.  It was the responsibility of the next brother in line to take her as his wife.  He could refuse, but there was a public humiliation that occurred and the legacy left would not be good at all.  There are family responsibilities we have today – not the same as they were then – but we do have responsibilities to our families today as well.

The last segment of the chapter deals with fairness.  God expects us to be honest and treat each other fairly.  We are not to cheat.  In that day there were those who had two kinds of weights, two kinds of measures, and would use those to cheat others.  God says “all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God”.  God expects us to be obedient and to live well with each other.  There is a price to pay for the sin of dishonesty.  He is paying attention to how we live.

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