Today’s passage: Deuteronomy 25
- Today’s chapter covers a number of potential injustices. God is just.
- The Apostle Paul referenced verse 4 in 1 Corinthians 9:9 and 1 Timothy 5:18. Both references are applied to the appropriateness of paying men who labor in the church in teaching and preaching.
- This doesn’t mean Moses was not referring to animals in Deuteronomy 25:4. It just means the principle of not withholding reward for work done covers a number of different situations.
- What is depicted in verses 5-10 is called “Levirate Marriage.” This name comes from the Latin word for brother-in-law, “levir.”
- This law is referred to and applied in part in Ruth 4:1-12.
- Though there are consequences for a brother-in-law not taking the widow to be his wife, this law does not force any man to follow through with it. It appears this law gave the man and the woman a way out if the consequences were preferable to the prospect of entering into marriage with the other person.
Questions to consider:
- When would the Levirate marriages have been beneficial and seem necessary? When would they have been problematic? Why does it make sense that this law would not be absolute?
- What is the immediate application of verse 4? When would it most often be applied? What principle is being taught in verse 4? In what other areas of life could it be applied to promote fairness and to reward those who are laboring?
- What would the law of verses 1-3 prevent a governing authority from doing? How does God (as our rightful judge) show justice? How was His justice fulfilled for our sin if we aren’t going to pay for it ourselves (Romans 3:21-26)?