Deuteronomy 26 – Hardness of Heart

July 30, 2016

Some laws of sexual purity are discussed, strongly punishing adultery and false accusations of adultery. Men cannot use women physically and then forsake them.

Some of the more curious legal codes should be interpreted in light of being God’s revelation, created for our benefit. For example, loaning to one’s brother at interest is banned. In this time period, loans were not for business investment, but for recovering from financial hardship. Charging interest is taking advantage of one’s brother (as forbidden previously).

The law of divorce is discussed. Jesus forbids divorce among Christians, but for their ‘hardness of heart’ this law exists in the law of Moses. This law of divorce was provided by God in Mosaic Law as a practical consolation for the weakness of man, but in a people set alight by the Holy Spirit as the Christians are, it should be unnecessary. This law sets a lower bound, while a much loftier standard is sought.

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