Deuteronomy 27:23 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 27:23 ‘The one who sleeps with his mother-in-law is afflicted with a curse.’ And all the people will say, ‘Amen!’
One of the reasons for the pronouncement of the curses on Mount Ebal is that any one of these sins might be committed in relative secrecy. The Israelites needed to remind themselves that there is no hiding from God. A murderer cannot get away with the crime because his victim is dead. The blood of the victim cries out to God from the ground.
But what about the apparent victimless crime of a secret affair between a man and his mother-in-law? God sees whatever we do in secret. There is no hiding from him. He is the primary party who is injured. His name is defamed, and he is the victim.
Lord, lead us to lives that honor you, not injure you.