Template:DOD protected/February 28
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In verses 1-8 of chapter 22 we are given the law of brotherhood. We may note in verse 5 that God gives instructions that women and men should not put on each other's apparel. Ignoring the distinctive place of male and female as intended by God was an abomination.
In verses 9-12 of chapter 22 the law emphasizing separation is given. Common distinctions in everyday life are presented to emphasize the need of separation from evil, and devotion to the Lord. In the New Testament we read in II Corinthians 6:11 and 7:1 where God emphasizes again the need of separation of His people from the world. Togetherness with the world only blights the testimony of a Christian and hurts his dedication to and effectiveness for the Lord. Guard your testimony, and strive daily to live the life which God has called you to live, that the name of Jesus Christ might be honored and glorified in everything you do.
Finally, in chapter 24, laws are given concerning divorce. Verses 1-4 record the Mosaic concession on divorce. This was not a commandment, as the Pharisees who encountered Jesus wrongly concluded (Matthew 19:7,8), but merely a concession. That is, it was something which Moses allowed because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of Israel (cf. Matthew 5:31,32; 19:3-12; I Corinthians 7:10-15). We are living in a day when people take the holy acts of matrimony very lightly. God's instructions concerning divorce still stand. I am very fearful for our country, unless we return to God's teachings and principles concerning marriage and the home. Strong homes and churches are the foundations for any great country, and my heart aches because of what I see in our homes and churches today. My prayer is that God will send a revival to the home and to our local churches, that we might again turn from our wicked ways and turn to God for His leadership. I trust you will join with me in this prayer.