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Deuteronomy 22

Good Morning “Socially / Relationally Responsible.”  Today we are in Deuteronomy 22.

Be a good neighbor… pretty simple.  God actually gave the nation of Israel laws regarding what to do when they discovered a neighbor’s stray animal, or an animal in distress.  We saw the same back in Exodus 32.  Here He expands it to other articles of our neighbors property as well.  Why would God have to give the nation laws regarding such things?  “Sin has impacted every part of every man.” Left to our own, apart from the moral code He has written on our hearts, the Law defining sin, and the promise of discipline if broken - we would likely default to whatever benefited us most.  Ox found on my property = my Ox.  Cloak left behind = my cloak.  Finders keepers.  Unfortunately that statement isn’t Biblical.  

In our sin we are inclined to think we know better than God.  That kind of pride is at the root of all sin and goes all the way back to Adam and Eve in the garden.  At first glance Vs 5 seems to take a little departure from the law God is giving regarding “Loving our Neighbor as ourselves” - but does it?  Loving and accepting our selves as God created us is the assumption of Scripture. (Proverbs 14:12; Ephesians 5:29) “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.“. Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭27‬ ‭Any attempt to depart from the way God made us is an exercise in pride, and suggests God made a mistake.  Ummm…. Not The One True God!  (Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalm 139:13-4)

God even gave them laws regarding their sexual interaction with women.  Why?  Seems like common sense appropriateness when reading this chapter.  It seems left to their own sinful selves even Israelite men were “Players.”  

I’m telling you, when it comes to living a Godly life, God has left no stone unturned.  (2 Peter 1:3) He’s given us everything we need.  We who “believe” are without excuse.  Our expectation and challenge is to read His Word, know His Word, and live out His Word.  

Love you all!  Dig in!