Text: Deuteronomy 22:1-12 (KJV)
1 Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.
2 And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.
3 In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother’s, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.
4 Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.
5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
6 If a bird’s nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young:
7 But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.
8 When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.
9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.
10 Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.
11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.
12 Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.
Key Verse: “Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.” – (Deuteronomy 22:1)
The passage of today instructs us not to ignore lost but found items, but to keep them safely for eventual restoration to the rightful owner. It also warns that men are not to wear things pertaining to women, neither are women to wear things pertaining to men, for all “that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God” (verse 5). Birds shielding their young ones or their eggs must not be taken together with their young or eggs. Sowing of diverse seeds was not allowed in their vineyards, as well, and an ox and an ass cannot plough together.
The royal law of “do unto others what you want them to do unto you” has been in existence from the Old Testament time. God is a God of love and fairness. He wants men to enjoy fellowship and goodness one with another. Sadly, there are people of corrupt and reprobate minds whose joy is in the suffering of others.
But the Church of Christ must be different. If the world does not abide by the doctrines of Christ because it has no grace to do so, the Church must.
It is by our love and care for one another that the world will know we belong to Christ. Unfortunately, there are still some in the church who are fanning the embers of hatred, tribalism, and discord. For all such, God demands repentance and restitution. Christ is not divided and anyone bring division into His Body will surely reap the eternal judgment to God except he repents.
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