Archive for April, 2012

Freedom From Bondage

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Old Testament
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Deuteronomy 15 (NLT) “At the end of every seventh year you must cancel the debts of everyone who owes you money. This is how it must be done. Everyone must cancel the loans they have made to their fellow Israelites… There should be no poor among you, for the Lord your God will greatly bless you in the land he is giving you as a special possession… But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them… If a fellow Hebrew sells himself or herself to be your servant and serves you for six years, in the seventh year you must set that servant free. When you release a male servant, do not send him away empty-handed. Give him a generous farewell gift from your flock, your threshing floor, and your winepress. Share with him some of the bounty with which the Lord your God has blessed you… You must not consider it a hardship when you release your servants… You must set aside for the Lord your God all the firstborn males from your flocks and herds.”

One of the great criticisms the Christian faith receives is about its acceptance of slavery and in this chapter, God actually references it in detail. Does that mean God and His word support it? (more…)

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A Ritualistic Nation?

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Deuteronomy, Old Testament

Deuteronomy 14 “You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure… You must not eat any detestable animals that are ceremonially unclean… You may eat any animal that has completely split hooves and chews the cud, but if the animal doesn’t have both, it may not be eaten… Of all the marine animals, you may eat whatever has both fins and scales. You may not, however, eat marine animals that do not have both fins and scales. They are ceremonially unclean for you. You may eat any bird that is ceremonially clean… All winged insects that walk along the ground are ceremonially unclean for you and may not be eaten… You must not eat anything that has died a natural death… You must not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk. You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year. Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence… And do not neglect the Levites in your town, for they will receive no allotment of land among you… Then the Lord your God will bless you in all your work.”

A bizarre set of rituals were called for with respect to mourning and eating habits of the Israelites and one wonders what the logic behind it was or if there was any? (more…)