Tuesday, November 10, 2009

66: Don't Grab That

Deuteronomy 24-27
The beginning of chapter 24 rather randomly condemns remarriage. I'm not sure why this is important, but God thinks that is detestable. Now you know.

The rest of chapter four lays out some mildly interesting laws about debt. You are encouraged to repay the poor for their services quickly and not to go claim a debt with force from someone who is poor. The bible also mentions again that you should leave some of your crop in the field for the aliens among you. I ask again, why are the most Christian people the first on the bandwagon to kick the "Mexicans" out of the country? That is against your religion! Quit picking and choosing what to follow and what not to. If what the bible says is not against the law (ie killing your children), and you identify as a Christian, then you should be following it.

Uh oh, we've reached Deuteronomy 25, I know a quote from here.

If a man has a wife and the man dies without having a child, then it is his brother's responsibility to marry his dead brother's wife and pass on the family name. If he refuses to do this, he will be called before the town elders. The elders will try to convince him to marry her, and if he still refuses, they will take off one of his sandals and spit in his face. They will then call his family "The Family of the Unsandaled". Oh no! Not the family of the unsandaled. I think this insult is lost on modern day readers.

Now to the quote I know from this chapter. "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, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity." - Deuteronomy 25:11-12. I'm not even sure I know what to say, I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. So, women, if your husband is having a fight with someone, don't grab the other person's genitals.

Chapter 26 just talks about tithes again, and tells us to follow all of God's laws again. Got it.

Chapter 27 lists some laws again, every single one of them have already been talked about. Just a quick summary of what they are.

You're cursed if you make cast idols. You are cursed if you dishonor your father or mother. You are cursed if you move your neighbors boundary stone. You are cursed if you lead the blind astray. You are cursed if if you withhold justice from an alien (that's you Christians). You are cursed if you sleep with your mom (good one). You are cursed if you have sex with animals. You are cursed if you sleep with your sister. You are cursed if you sleep with your mother in law. You are cursed if you kill your neighbor secretly (it doesn't say you're cursed if you slay your neighbor openly). And finally, you are cursed if you don't follow God's command. I'm not sure why the bible needs to keep repeating these things, I think we got it.

1 comment:

  1. What kind of people were these if they needed such laws? Were bestiality and incest such common problems?

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