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29:5 During the forty years that I led you through the desert, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet

You can not escape Gods goodness. But at the same time, you can not escape Gods judgement. When SH happens or IT happens, God is somehow involved. But we want to know why. And we want to know NOW! We want the freaking answers. What did we do to deserve this?

“Why cant the married couple have a baby but that 16 year old has two?” “Why did the valedictorian get hit by the drunk driver?” “Why does the soldier come home from war and his life never go back to normal?”  “Why did the widow’s husband die of a heart attack at the age of 32?”

I believe God keeps secrets.

29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

I can’t imagine going through a crisis and someone telling me, “God is always good.” Really? Prove it. Because you just said always. At this moment, as I am typing, the waters are calm so it is easy for me to agree that God is always good. My hope is that when a crisis comes I can believe that God is always good. But I must know that I might not understand or see the proof until I see Christ face to face.

Maybe all I need to do to realize that God is always good, is to look down at my shoes.

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28:56 The most gentle and sensitive woman among you—so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot—will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter57 the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For she intends to eat them secretly during the siege and in the distress that your enemy will inflict on you in your cities.

Seriously, what facial expression did you make when you read that? First of all, it’s weird enough that this lady is so “gentle” that her feet never touch the ground but if this day comes, this woman will eat her after birth and children in secret while you are out at war.

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28:54 Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children,55 and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating.

Steven Kings imagination has nothing on this freakish nightmare scenario.

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28:36 The Lord will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your fathers. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone.

Plain. Simple. Straight forward. I now feel like an idiot for putting other gods before The God. It’s like God is saying, “Go ahead dummy, search for satisfaction in that wood and stone but I gaurantee you will be begging to come back to me.”

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28:27 The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured.

The itch. This verse sounds like sex ed all over again.

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These were curses yelled down from a mountain to the people of Israel by the Levites.

27:15 “Cursed is the man who carves an image or casts an idol—a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of the craftsman’s hands—and sets it up in secret.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 16 “Cursed is the man who dishonors his father or his mother.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 17 “Cursed is the man who moves his neighbor’s boundary stone.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 18 “Cursed is the man who leads the blind astray on the road.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 19 “Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 20 “Cursed is the man who sleeps with his father’s wife, for he dishonors his father’s bed.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 21 “Cursed is the man who has sexual relations with any animal.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 22 “Cursed is the man who sleeps with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 23 “Cursed is the man who sleeps with his mother-in-law.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 24 “Cursed is the man who kills his neighbor secretly.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 25 “Cursed is the man who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 26 “Cursed is the man who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

Amen! How fun would it be to hear someone during a church service yell, “Word to ya motha!” instead of amen?

For some reason verse 18 stands out to me. Thinking about it metaphorically. I being “blind” before I understood and believed who the Creator is and how He healed my blindness. Me viewing those who do not see and understand the Creator and labeling them as “blind”. Me not leading these that are “blind” to the Healer. This is leading them astray by not leading them at all.

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26:12 When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.

I have differing views on “tithing” but I love this rule. If I were a pastor I would use all “tithe” money in this manner and all “offerings above the tithe” on typical bills.

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25:13 Do not have two differing weights in your bag—one heavy, one light.14 Do not have two differing measures in your house—one large, one small.15 You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.16 For the Lord your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly.

Could you have two different bags? One “heavy” for weighing shekels and one “light” for weighing olives?

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25:11 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,12 you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.

What? Why? Is it because the woman touched another mans junk? What if she would have crane kicked him in the nuts? Would her foot need to be cut off?


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25:5 If brothers are living together and one of them dies without a son, his widow must not marry outside the family. Her husband’s brother shall take her and marry her and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to her.6 The first son she bears shall carry on the name of the dead brother so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel.7 However, if a man does not want to marry his brother’s wife, she shall go to the elders at the town gate and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to carry on his brother’s name in Israel. He will not fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to me.”8 Then the elders of his town shall summon him and talk to him. If he persists in saying, “I do not want to marry her,”9 his brother’s widow shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, take off one of his sandals, spit in his face and say, “This is what is done to the man who will not build up his brother’s family line.”10 That man’s line shall be known in Israel as The Family of the Unsandaled.

Is this because the brother was living in the basement due to job loss? What if the brother didn’t live with the couple? Does this rule apply? I guess there are worse things that could happen than having a sandal taken and being spit on.

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24:18 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this. 19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.20 When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow.21 When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow.

I love this. This is MISSIONS 101.

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24:10 When you make a loan of any kind to your neighbor, do not go into his house to get what he is offering as a pledge.11 Stay outside and let the man to whom you are making the loan bring the pledge out to you.12 If the man is poor, do not go to sleep with his pledge in your possession.13 Return his cloak to him by sunset so that he may sleep in it. Then he will thank you, and it will be regarded as a righteous act in the sight of the Lord your God.

This is kinda like the first pawn shops. Kinda. Except in this case the pawn brokers weren’t allowed to sleep with the collateral.

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24:7 If a man is caught kidnapping one of his brother Israelites and treats him as a slave or sells him, the kidnapper must die. You must purge the evil from among you.

Was kidnapping the same thing in that milky, sweet like honey, as long as there were no idols, land? Surely this circumstance is like when Rambo flew into Vietnam and “kidnaps” the POW’s to bring them back to safety???

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24:1 If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house,2 and if after she leaves his house she becomes the wife of another man,3 and her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, or if he dies,4 then her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after she has been defiled. That would be detestable in the eyes of the Lord. Do not bring sin upon the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.

What is wrong with this would be woman? Not in that the men keep dumping her but why does she keep ending up with the powerful certificate weilders?

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23:24 If you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, you may eat all the grapes you want, but do not put any in your basket.25 If you enter your neighbor’s grainfield, you may pick kernels with your hands, but you must not put a sickle to his standing grain.

God is so cool. He always looks out for the little guy.