There can be no doubt that a public hanging draws a crowd. In the old Wild West, the whole town came out to watch. There is just something about the shock and all about it all that causes us to turn our heads in that direction. This is exactly why the news is constantly trying to shock us with "Breaking News" every five minutes or so. They know our attention span is low and a public hanging is the fastest way to turn people's heads and get their attention. The Creator knew this because He created us with this curiosity, so He created an instruction to prevent it from going too far. Let's take a look at these two verses and unpack them for today.
We've all heard this saying many times over the years. As children we touted it to our siblings time and again. Unfortunately, as adults, it sometimes seems as though we still believe the adage because of the way we live our lives. In this short article we're going to unravel that saying and find out just how true it is.
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Of all the laws that are in the Torah, this has got to be one of the strangest while at the same time being one of the most ingenious. Our heavenly Father knows how we think and He's a Master at cutting us off at the pass. This is the beginning of this week's Torah portion and it has to do with the rules of war. Let's take a look.
As a bible teacher, I have had countless people ask about the commandment in the Torah that seems to say that when our children become rebellious, we are to stone them. Many times this scripture is used to "prove" that we don't have to keep God's instructions anymore. But just like all the other laws that seem to be inapplicable today, we will soon see that there is a bit of misunderstanding of the original context, as well, and that we're not seeing the bigger picture. Remember, there is the black fire of the text and the white fire. There's the plain meaning of the words on the page and then there's the powerful and timeless principle behind it that comes straight from the heart of God.
This week's parsha seems to be filled with several very strange laws. Many will read quickly through this passage and move on, feeling they cannot relate to this law due to the fact that they do not have two wives. But just like all the scriptures, there is always more than meets the eye.