I have decided that I could not have lived by the laws and decrees and guidelines of the Old Testament. I try to live a good life and I try to be kind to my fellow man and I try to follow the commandments of God, but honestly have you read Leviticus or Deuteronomy? Serious restrictions and dire consequences. Nearly every other thing they did was an “abomination” and the punishment for most sins was stoning by the elders. “Show him no pity” was a frequent command. I’m surprised people got out of bed in the morning!
I much prefer the new covenant of 2 Corinthians. I am so very grateful for the understanding and forgiveness of Jesus. The commands of the New Testament may seem restrictive, but compared to the old ways, they are quite simple. Here a few examples from Deuteronomy that will make you think twice about our current lifestyle:
14:1-21 No, I won’t even try to copy these verses! You have to read them for yourself. Deut. 14 It is a list of clean and unclean foods. Prepare to take notes! I’ll give you a clue: no pork. And it ends with “do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.”
21:18-21 if a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; and they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
22:22 If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.
So if you get discouraged about the life Jesus has called us to live, be aware that we could still be under the old laws. In that case many of us wouldn’t even be alive…our ancestors would have been stoned centuries ago!
Of course like most of the Bible, many of the old ways might prove much more practical and appreciated than our current ways. Here is something that most women would approve:
24:5 When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business; but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.
Not sure who supported them, but it sounds like a great honeymoon!