Ok, not sure where to start with this chapter… so many interesting rules amd laws to live by back then… like pastor Todd mentioned, they may seem weird and strange but were actually instilled to keep order and made lots of sense compared to the much earlier laws or lack thereof.
In the last chapter blog entry I mentioned a saying called guilty by association.. This chapter I was reminded of “Finders-keepers”…. but the law instilled ensured that the “losers” wouldn’t be “weepers” They didn’t have gps tags or keychains that whistled when the owners clapped, they didn’t have the “find your ox” feature on their smart tablets… they relied on their brethren to return lost items or stolen amd misplaced goods-this helped show community and helped keep track or who belonged to what.
Mostly I want to comment on the line(s)9-11
9 “You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest the whole yield be forfeited, the crop that you have sown and the yield of the vineyard. 10 You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. 11 You shall not wear cloth of wool and linen mixed together.,”
There are reasons that may be beyond the obvious… like one plant may block the sun and hinder the growth of the one beside it.. and two animals pull at different speeds and may want to pull in different directions or go crooked.. and mixing wool and linen together…. also mixing seeds could have been reference to staying within the assigned tribes amd cross marriage etc..all brought me back to the whole wine sack and patches on old garments parables..
Mark 2:22” and no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
and Matthew 9:16 “”No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.”
This all tells of the importance of staying true to our one perfect God and not to mix and match beliefs to accommodate your life.
I suppose the line 5 “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. may also fall into this category. but I also think it has to do with how the Lord feels about cross dressing, transgemdersim and homosexuality etc… but i don’t wanna go there. Bible says it’s all wrong. I’ll leave it at that.
There was a lot on sexual immorality, must have been a lot of that goin on that they needed to put a cap on.. I guess they didn’t understand the basic 10 commandments or chose to ignore certain ones and had crooked moral compasses. But at the same time the laws given out reserved respect and consideration for both parties involved IF there was sufficient beleiveable evidence.