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Deuteronomy 21

Good Morning “Bride of Christ.”  Today we are in Deuteronomy 21.  

This chapter hits five somewhat obscure themes: Atonement for unsolved murder, Fair treatment of captured women, the right of the firstborn between two wives (one loved and one hated), the purging (stoning) of an unrepentant rebellious son, and the display of executed people.

There was a person murdered.  Sin was committed.  Life for life.  The wages or payment for sin is death (Romans 6:23).  But who pays the price when the killer is unknown?  Check it out.

At first, reading Gods command regarding the fair treatment of captured women may make us uneasy.  We don’t like to think in these terms.  The spoils taken by sinful man in war situations can spin out of control.  Gods desire is to make sure women are cared for and treated fairly.  

As a result of Israel’s rebellion, we are grafted in, adopted, given the right to become children of God if we truly believe.  (John 1:12)  Together, Jews and Gentiles are referred to as “The Bride of Christ”.  There is no divorcing of one or the other as God hates divorce. (Malachi 2:16).  His fair treatment of the two wives here in this chapter also serves as a metaphor for the fair treatment and devotion to Israel with the grafting in of the Gentile church.  

Kids obey your parents!  God doesn’t mess.  Forgiveness is found in Jesus, but make no mistake God still demands obedience, repentance and disciplines those He loves.  (Hebrews 12:6)

”Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.“
‭‭Luke‬ ‭23‬:‭50‬-‭53‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Love you all!  Dig in.