Deuteronomy 22:1-30

In verses 1-12 God is speaking of being a good neighbor (vs 1-4), the distinction of sexes in the manner in which they dress (vs 5) and caring well for the creatures that God has created – in this instance – a bird (vs 6-7).  God is concerned with the very small matters as well as the large. How comforting to know that we are cared for by Jesus in the same way. Jesus refers to not forgetting the sparrows in Luke 12:6. We know He has great compassion for us – the weaker thing – and He wants us to have the same compassion for the things we have the ability to show mercy to.  Next, God instructed Israelites to build their buildings safely, protecting harm from coming to any person (vs 8).  

He forbids the mixing of certain items in verses 9-11.  I am reminded of Paul words in 2 Corinthians when he speaks of believers being unequally yoked with unbelievers.  2 Corinthians 6:14 [ Warning Against Idolatry ] “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”  God finished this section with commanding the wearing of tassels on the four corners of the cloak. Maybe this is to encourage the Jews not be ashamed of who they are – just as we should not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He is the only salvation the world has and as believers, we MUST share Him with the lost.

In verses 13-30, God gives instructions concerning marriage violations.  Many of these verses protect women. However, promiscuous behavior is severely dealt with no matter male or female.  I, personally, am so thankful that God loves and protects women. Many cultures do not – to this day.  

In our county and many others, promiscuous behavior is promoted and celebrated.  How this must grieve our Lord. To fight against this with our children and in our own lives is a daily battle.  Pornography is never more than a click away and Satan does all he can to destroy family and marriage. Our greatest weapons are the Word of God, prayer and honest fellowship/friendship with other believers who can ‘spur one another on’. 

May we use the tools He gives us and experience His protection daily.          —- Mary Mauderer


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