Some for a while now I have been reading Deuteronomy and I have been quite pleasantly surprised with what is hidden inside a book that is mostly repeating “the law” as stated earlier in the Bible.
Of course any time you are reading about “the law” you are going to find some interesting laws in there that you kind of wonder why they had to be mentioned in the first place, but then you realize that that people today are just as dense as people back then.
For instance in Deuteronomy 23:12-13 it says, “Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. 13As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement.” In other words, when you take a dump, do it away from where the people live and cover it up…..duh! I equate this to the warning labels on coffee cups from fast food places that tell you the hot coffee is hot……..ummm, isn’t that the reason iced coffee exists?
Or how about Deuteronomy 25:11-12. “If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, 12you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.” First off, you can tell this was written by a man and secondly, why did this need to be said? Were women doing this as a normal thing? For the men’s sake, I sure hope not. In the modern era I think this is similar to the warnings on plastic bags that remind us that they are not toys. Honestly? Who was the person who got their groceries, took them out of the bag and then said, “Hey my baby might like to play with this.”
We are dense, but apparently the human race has been that way for a long time, so that’s good news right?
Outside of the “interesting” laws, Deuteronomy has a lot of wisdom that I forgot was in there. Deut 4:9 is probably my favorite though.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them
slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
Think about this verse a little. Every single one of us has seen things that God has done for us or others that totally amazed us when it happened, but then we forget. I could probably quote most of Dumb and Dumber, but I will forget the miracles God has done for me, my family and friends. That seems a little backwards, doesn’t it. Don’t get me wrong Dumb and Dumber is an amazing movie, but it shouldn’t have that big of a place in my brain. The next part is the best part of the verse though. “Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Yes please! If you are blessed enough to be a parent, teach your children the right way and by the right way, I mean what the Bible says, not what other people say the Bible says (read it yourself and seek counsel if you are not sure what it means). Then when your kids have kids make sure they are being taught too!
Here are some other verses I think you might like. Deut 4:7, 4:31, 6:5-9, 6:10-12, 8:10-11, 10:14-17, 15:11