Today’s Bible in 90 Days reading: Deut 8:1 – Deut 23:11
Most parents love their children and want only the best for them. I say ‘most’, because our newspapers tell us daily of parents who have beaten, raped, and even killed their own children–and in these horrifying cases, the children were often young, and usually obedient (even unto death).
But what do you do with a child who is disobedient–a rebel? Today’s modern psychologists will recommend medication, special classes, and indulgence. Don’t let the child see himself or herself as wrong, they’re just ‘different’, ‘unique’, ‘misunderstood’. Boy, such was not the case in Old Testament times.
In today’s chapters, Moses is taking his final opportunity to be a ‘parent’ to Israel. Like a father who is sending his son off to college, Moses repeats warnings from the past, going over and over rules, regulations, recommendations, and remedies. Also like a father, Moses warns the people of the penalty for disobedience: in general, you will a) be cut off from the congregation, or b) simply cut off (killed). Continue reading