What was the difference between the clothing of men and women’s clothing. Why was it an abomination to god for a man to wear men’s and women’s clothing. It is the attitude of the individual not the actual clothing. No cross dressing because that confuses the sex of the person, and God has specified sexual differences. What things do we take as rules to live by in the OT and what things can we ignore. Is the writer making up these laws. These laws came about through the levites but it was probably the regional society’s version of justice. Laws are important to nation building. And it was important to have rules to protect the morality of the people and the nation. These laws are based on some standard for the country and does it change over time. Does our constitution need changing or amplification by the supreme country for example to amplify the 2nd amendment. Chapter 23 is a wired set of rules. The eunuchs are trusted in Isaiah 52 than they are here. Verse 15, they speak against returning a slave to his master. Why are the people of the middle East so opposed to the use of interest on loans of money. Yet in latter years Jews have been very involved in money lending.
The fact that this being a land of milk and honey several times. When did the land become less arid than it is today. We also discussed the people who gave to remember the ancesters and God said they should not do that from the tithe. John mentioned the CNN series Believer which features Reza Anselm about different religions. Al says there is a strong emphasis on growing products outside the water saturated Delta areas. How did people get to be chosen? Maybe it is an identity thing that these people are writing their relationship with God. There might have been other people’s who also had this relationship with God. In early times there were other gods, but it has evolved into one God. This happened in about 300 ad.
We then turned to check 27. This is the chapter of rules and the people acquiescence to them. Verse 9 says thou art become a people of God. Might the use of uncut stone be a reaction to the pharaohs who set them up as God and thus were an affront to jehovah to the creation?
A question about Miriam who had leprosy. It is a skin disease carried by armadillos and is now called Hansen’s disease. Why would it be an abomination. Nationbetween. This is the kind of law you might work out over the kitchen table by the Pharisees. It is also like case law. Is God writing this down? If the Bible isn’t all correct then can we believe anything. Where is women’s rights in all this? Luther was also interpreting the scriptures at his time. This is a culture trying to make order for their society.
Chapter 25 deals with protecting the maleness of the society and preserving the patriarchal determination of the society. The 10 commandments were probably added in later and these rules were adopted to guide the city. In those days ones shoe was used to seal a business deal.
We are looking at dealing with questions about the readings we are dealing.
We get to choose which things we do today as in war, in some cases you kill every living thing and in other cases you kill just the soldiers. Jesus said many things in opposition to the old testament. There is a bit of nation building. Try for peace first. Then make sure everyone is really ready then go in and kill them. You don’t kill everyone who are a long way away because you need to maintain the supply line. Is this kind of war we waged against the Indians in the west. For close cities, you wipe out the people and their practice.
Chapter 21 has rules for how you treat the vanquished. The rules for the body that were made were about purifying the ground. They assumed that a body would be from the closest town. There was no compassion for the body, but purify the people who found it and purify the ground.