staying compliant and connected

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staying compliant and connected

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 21:18 “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father or mother and doesn’t listen to them even after they discipline him,
Deuteronomy 21:19 his father and mother are to take hold of him and bring him to the elders of his city, to the gate of his hometown.
Deuteronomy 21:20 They will say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he doesn’t obey us. He’s a glutton and a drunkard.’
Deuteronomy 21:21 Then all the men of his city will stone him to death. You must purge the evil from you, and all Israel will hear and be afraid.

staying compliant and connected

The situation here is an adult son who brings shame to his parents by refusing their direction, and wastes his life with alcohol and gluttony — substance abuse. This rule was intended to deter this practice. As a last resort, the parents of the stubborn and rebellious son can hand him over to the city elders. But the elders would not put him in rehab. They would stone him to death. Such behavior is an affront not only to God and the man’s parents, it defiles the community.

I’m not advocating this practice today — particularly since it was designed for the Mosaic covenant community and not the mixed communities we belong to. But I would like to point out that it shows remarkable insight. Societies crumble when their young men refuse to follow their parents instruction, or when parents neglect them. Either way, it produces wasted lives.

Lord, show us how to be compliant and connected to our families, to bring honor to our parents and to you.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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