Deuteronomy 22 Commentary

Deuteronomy 22 Commentary

We have more laws for the community. By looking at these laws we can see the heart of the LORD. It’s a picture of perfection. One is required to be a brother’s keeper.

A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.” Deuteronomy 22 verse 5.

The message is simple: don’t delete the dividing lines between the genders. The LORD hates perversion. Don’t diminish the dignified view of sexuality. Know and respect the difference. When boundaries are compromised both men and women feel less restricted. Men no longer know what it means to be men and motherhood is simply an event. Gender roles no longer matter. Consequences are many: same-sex marriages, poor parenting and an endless list of problems. The root cause is a lack of respect for God’s design.

These laws are amazing! They project perfection in other areas such as conservation. You cannot define responsibility until you have read Deuteronomy chapter 22. My driving should not endanger other motorists, plants and animals included.

A lot of space is reserved for marriage, sex and relationships. A man must respect the woman by not violating her virginity and dumping her. He is commanded to keep her, regardless. A man must not abuse his physical strength by raping a woman. Sexuality must be respected by all. The woman who ‘agrees’ to be raped is as guilty as the rapist. Both must be stoned to death.

The standards demanded by the LORD are very high because the LORD is holy and His people must equally be holy.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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