a higher standard of mutual respect

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a higher standard of mutual respect

Deuteronomy 22:13-19 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 22:13 “If a man marries a woman, has sexual relations with her, and comes to hate her,
Deuteronomy 22:14 and places an accusation on her of shameful conduct, and gives her a bad name, saying, ‘I married this woman and was intimate with her, but I didn’t find any evidence of her virginity,’
Deuteronomy 22:15 the young woman’s father and mother will take the evidence of her virginity and bring it to the city elders at the city gate.
Deuteronomy 22:16 The young woman’s father will say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man as a wife, but he hates her.
Deuteronomy 22:17 Notice he has placed an accusation on her of shameful conduct, and this is what he said: “I didn’t find any evidence of your daughter’s virginity,” but here is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity.’ They will spread out the cloth before the city elders.
Deuteronomy 22:18 Then the elders of that city will take the man and punish him.
Deuteronomy 22:19 They will also fine him a hundred silver shekels and give them to the young woman’s father, because that man gave an Israelite virgin a bad name. She will remain his wife; he cannot divorce her as long as he lives.

a higher standard of mutual respect

In yesterday’s text we saw that the Israelites were to demonstrate that they were distinctly the people of Yahveh. Today’s text shows how that distinctiveness was to be shown by how a husband treated his wife. To turn against one’s bride and accuse her of having been promiscuous and unfaithful was to bring shame upon her and her parents. It was a violation of the covenant. Being an Israelite was more than railings on your roof and tassels on your robe. It was to be demonstrated by a marriage based on mutual care and honor. The New Testament corollary to this instruction is submission to one another, which — for husbands — means sacrificially caring for our wives (Ephesians 5:21,25). It is a higher standard of mutual respect.

Lord, give us marriages which demonstrate respect for one another, because the world is watching to see if we are different.

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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