Deuteronomy 21-23, Psalm 60
We see in today’s reading a wide array of God’s laws. Some may read these laws and consider the punishments for breaking them rather harsh. But God’s law is good. Whether the laws focused on separating the people and keeping them holy, or whether they focused on loving your neighbor as yourself, the law is good. Though these laws were written specifically to the nation of Israel, we can see in our society the results of what happens when everyone does what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes”.) and the anarchy which results. We live in a time where the sin of Sodom, a complete lack of shame for our sins is the rule. Sin has always existed but due to public humiliation it was often done secretly. Take a walk in Manhatten and you will see sin paraded in all of its ugliness in an absolute brazen disregard for God.
God spoke against sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, transvestites (Deuteronomy 22:5, “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God.”), our nation celebrates them. God realized that if children could not love and respect their earthly father, (Deuteronomy 21:20-21, “…’This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his city shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear.”), they would never do so with their heavenly Father. Disrespect for one’s parents is now the rule and is celebrated in movies and television. God told His people to get involved when they witnessed and saw wrongdoing, our society doesn’t seem to care. Instead, our society chooses to videotape the wrong doing carried out and place it on Youtube.
May we and our children take a stand and separate ourselves from the flagrant sin which surrounds us. Joshua 24:15, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. If we make this choice, and revival takes place, God is always ready to forgive. 2 Chronicles 7:14, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Society is spinning out of control. The only hope we have is revival, a return to God-centered living.
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