Sunday, March 14, 2010

More Legal Hilarity

In this next installment of commentary by Clarence Mitchell Bible Attorney at Law I have some things that made me think and some things that made me laugh. I’m sure you will do the same.

No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of his descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, even down to the tenth generation. – Deuteronomy 23: 2

Makes sense. Gotta keep the Promised Land in the family.

Do not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother. Do not abhor an Egyptian, because you lived as an alien in his country. The third generation of children born to them may enter the assembly of the LORD. Deuteronomy 23: 7-8

I like this a lot… especially the bit about Egypt. Yes, when the time came for Israel to leave Egypt they had been enslaved, but we must not forget the kindness that the earlier pharaoh showed to Joseph and his family. He gave them prime real estate to start a new life during the famine.

Respect given.

When you are encamped against your enemies, keep away from everything impure. If one of your men is unclean because of a nocturnal emission, he is to go outside the camp and stay there. But as evening approaches he is to wash himself, and at sunset he may return to the camp. – Deuteronomy 23: 9-11

The penalty for a wet dream is a full day outside of the camp. Not to mention the embarrassment of the entire nation knowing you had one.

Hahaha rough game.

Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement. – Deuteronomy 23: 12-13

I remember having to do this in cub scouts. Yes… I was a cub scout. Webelos Scouts stand up! Unfortunately I was not gangsta enough to be a boy scout. Nope. Not me.

If a slave has taken refuge with you, do not hand him over to his master. Let him live among you wherever he likes and in whatever town he chooses. Do not oppress him. – Deuteronomy 23: 15

I love this. Do unto others… yes you know the rest.

Do not charge your brother interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest. – Deuteronomy 23: 19

Interest can easily become slavery… and clearly God already delivered them from that. Great great great!

If you make a vow to the LORD your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the LORD your God will certainly demand it of you and you will be guilty of sin .But if you refrain from making a vow, you will not be guilty. Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the LORD your God with your own mouth.

Word is Bond son!

Do not take advantage of a hired man who is poor and needy, whether he is a brother Israelite or an alien living in one of your towns. Pay him his wages each day before sunset, because he is poor and is counting on it. Otherwise he may cry to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.- Deuteronomy 24: 14-15

I love that God is a champion of the poor and needy.

When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. Deuteronomy 24: 19

Here’s another one for the poor. I really like this consistent message of charity and generosity. It is clear that God wants a portion of what we earn and create to be given to those who need it. It is also clear that God says that the more generous we are, the more we will have, because God can trust us to do His work by helping others.

Food for thought. Listen up Glenn Beck!

Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain. Deuteronomy 25: 4

Here’s another one about generosity but this time for an animal doing labor. How well do we treat animals? What is our responsibility toward animals? It seems here that we are to respect and honor the blessings and sacrifice that they provide for us.

Now I leave you with some high comedy…

And the runner up goes to…

If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity. Deuteronomy 25: 11-12

How ridiculous is this? Of with her hand!!! Haha! hilarious…

Drumroll… and here’s the winner.

If brothers are living together and one of them dies without a son, his widow must not marry outside the family. Her husband's brother shall take her and marry her and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to her. The first son she bears shall carry on the name of the dead brother so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel.

However, if a man does not want to marry his brother's wife, she shall go to the elders at the town gate and say, "My husband's brother refuses to carry on his brother's name in Israel. He will not fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to me." Then the elders of his town shall summon him and talk to him. If he persists in saying, "I do not want to marry her," his brother's widow shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, take off one of his sandals, spit in his face and say, "This is what is done to the man who will not build up his brother's family line." That man's line shall be known in Israel as The Family of the Unsandaled. Deuteronomy 25: 5-10

I was reading this at a fine dining establishment near my spot that has Wi-Fi. As I reached the end of this passage I laughed out loud so loudly and for so long that I interrupted everyone’s meal.

Spit in his face!!! Hahaha


Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 23-25: Mark 14: 1-26


  1. She rocks. This woman totally expresses her love without any regard of the consequences she was facing. I believe her actions pose a question and based on your response, locate where you are. What are you willing to do, let go of, or step forward into? In spite of what you may be facing, will you step out by faith? We have no idea who may be affected, and changed by our decisions. Honestly, I don’t believe she had any idea she was preparing Jesus for his burial, but I definitely believe she decided to give to Jesus, that which was most valuable to her.

    Your treasure is where your heart is.

  2. I agree and I LOVE that you are reading along with the daily readings! Bonus points for you, whoever you may be.

  3. Hello Clarence,
    I was led to come back and look through your blog for the very first comment I left anonymously. What's funny, my comment had nothing to do with your post. I was reading along with you for some time before I ever commented on any of your posts.

    I better understand now why God wanted me to come back and see these words. There is a specific word God has spoken over my life in reference to this very scripture. (not a coincidence)

    Just wanted you to know how powerfully God has used you through your willingness to give Him this part of you.


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