1665.) Deuteronomy 25

Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister who hosted “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” a television show which helped children learn to become happy and productive citizens.  These laws in Deuteronomy had the same intent for the people of Israel.

Deuteronomy 25 (English Standard Version)

1“If there is a dispute between men and they come into court and the judges decide between them, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty,

Proverbs 17:15 (NIV)

Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
the LORD detests them both.

2then if the guilty man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence with a number of stripes in proportion to his offense. 3 Forty stripes may be given him, but not more, lest, if one should go on to beat him with more stripes than these, your brother be degraded in your sight.

Though sometimes a beating was the appropriate punishment, God also agrees with the idea that there is a such thing as excessive punishment, and this was intended to prevent excessive punishment. Additionally, the beating was to be administered in the presence of the judge, so he could make sure the punishment was not excessive.

In 2 Corinthians 11:24, Paul listed this among his “apostolic credentials”: From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. The forty stripes minus one means Paul was beaten by the Jewish authorities with thirty-nine blows on five different occasions. Paul did not receive 40 blows, as according to Deuteronomy 25:3 because as a common practice, the Jews only allowed 39 blows to be administered. This was both to show mercy and to scrupulously keep the law — one blow was left off to protect against a miscount.

–David Guzik

4 “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.

Proverbs 12:10 (NASB)

A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal,
But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

Laws Concerning Levirate Marriage

5 “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her. 6And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel.

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Mark 12:18-27 (New Living Translation)

Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question:  “Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name. Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children.  This continued with all seven of them, and still there were no children. Last of all, the woman also died.  So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her.” So the second brother married the widow, but he also died without children. Then the third brother married her.

Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.

“But now, as to whether the dead will be raised—haven’t you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’  So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error.”

7And if the man does not wish to take his brother’s wife, then his brother’s wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, ‘My husband’s brother refuses to perpetuate his brother’s name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband’s brother to me.’ 8Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak to him, and if he persists, saying, ‘I do not wish to take her,’ 9then his brother’s wife shall go up to him in the presence of the elders and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face. And she shall answer and say, ‘So shall it be done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house.’ 10And the name of his house shall be called in Israel, ‘The house of him who had his sandal pulled off.’

Miscellaneous Laws

11“When men fight with one another and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him and puts out her hand and seizes him by the private parts, 12then you shall cut off her hand. Your eye shall have no pity.

13“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. 14You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. 15A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. 16For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the LORD your God.

Proverbs 16:11 (CEV)

The LORD doesn’t like it

when we cheat in business.

17 “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt, 18how he attacked you on the way when you were faint and weary, and cut off your tail, those who were lagging behind you, and he did not fear God. 19Therefore when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your enemies around you, in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget.”



HERE  Mr. Rogers sings his famous theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”


English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Images courtesy of:
Mr. Rogers.    https://christianmommameditations.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/mr-rogers.jpg
feeding a horse.    http://brigitam.activerain.com/image_store/uploads/7/7/3/3/2/ar120396992723377.jpg
bride and groom.   http://www.clker.com/cliparts/2/f/f/e/1220159552131545910Bride%20and%20groom.svg.hi.png
business ethics question.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/d96c2-ethics_cartoon.png

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