9/13 Reading (Deuteronomy 25-27; 1 Thessalonians 1)

Deuteronomy 25: We learn about corporal punishment, how to handle oxen when they are working, improper touching by a woman when she is defending her husband in a fight (her hand is to be cut off is she grabs the other man’s genitals), and honest business practices.

Deuteronomy 26: Chapter is about the ceremony the people are to do when they enter the promised land as well as a declaration that it is the end of the case laws.

Deuteronomy 27: The people are told how to set up what’s called the stones of the instruction as well as an altar to God when the cross over the Jordan river into the promised land. We then see a list of 12 curses that the tribes have to agree to: construction of an idol, belittles father or mother, tampers with neighbor’s property line, misleads a blind person, obstructs legal rights of immigrants, orphans, or widows, has sex with father’s wife, has sex with an animal, has sex with their sister, has sex with their mother-in-law, kills his neighbor in secret, accepts money to kill an innocent person, and doesn’t support the words of this instruction by carrying them out.

1 Thessalonians 1: I don’t have much to say here. I found it interesting that this book is considered the oldest one in the New Testament. That’s pretty cool. I find that I really want to learn more about Paul. As to this first chapter of this letter, I do wonder how the people felt reading it, especially the praise for them? For Paul to say to them: “We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly ³ remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 1.2-3). That must’ve felt good to read.

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