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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Protection not Oppression (Deut. 22)

When I decided to not just read through the Bible this year but write a devotion every day from my reading, I didn’t realize how much more I would learn.

There are so many OT chapters I have just breezed through in past years without taking time to dig in and understand the “whys.”

When we read laws like the one below, it’s easy to write off the whole Bible and say “well obviously it's ancient writings that don’t apply anymore.”

And it’s true that Jesus has fulfilled the ceremonial laws and the sacrificial laws so that what we have to obey today are the moral laws which define our relationship with God and our relationship with each other.

But there is a reason for these obscure OT laws that just seem to make no sense to us today. The key to understanding them is to remember that God was rescuing the Israelites from slavery and moving them to a new land inhabited by people who were not following God.

God was preparing them for their new life in this Promised Land and setting up “laws” to protect them, not to oppress them. When we get that, we can better understand this law:

Deuteronomy 22:11 You shall not wear a material mixed of wool and linen together.

This was not God trying to oppress them. He was trying to protect them by showing them how to make their clothing last longer and not wear out as they fought to survive in this new place.

God has the same mindset towards us today, love and protection. He loves us and gives us direction for our protection, not for our oppression.

The proof of this love for us is Jesus, Himself. Jesus is God who stepped off the throne, lowered Himself to take on the physical appearance of His created, and then died in our place. Yet He still allows us to choose whether or not we will repent and believe in Him and be with Him for all eternity or reject Him.

Those who choose to reject His love for them, desiring to do what is right in their own eyes, are given the freedom to do so. God doesn't force any of us to accept His love.

Lord, thank you for giving me the choice to put on your yolk which is easy or cling to the yoke of sin which enslaves me and desires to destroy me. I choose You and Your yoke, Lord. Thank you, for giving me your Holy Spirit to guide, direct, and protect me daily.

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