PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Deuteronomy 13-14
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“It is the Lord your God you must follow…” (Deuteronomy 13:4)
This primitive form of capital punishment (stoning) is disturbing.
Moses prescribes the only form of ‘law and order’ that he knew.
It reminds me of ho Jesus speaks of gouging out eyes or cutting off hands.
The practice itself is not God’s desire, but the evil is that serious.
To follow other gods was to join in their cruel, abusive practices.
Those with power used, abused, raped and demeaned the weaker in their rituals.
It was horrible, and totally against what God wanted for people.
God rescues the weak from Pharaoh, God cares for the fatherless and foreigners.
God calls them to the way of love, not the way of hate, hurt and harm.
What if someone with authority, or someone we love leads us to harm others?
What if everyone else is approving of harmful beliefs and and practices?
What if religious leaders and churches make decisions that go against God’s love?
“Do not yield to them or listen to them.” (Deuteronomy 13:8).
I sense Jesus calling me: ‘follow me in the way of love, no matter what!’
Lord, no matter what I want to follow you in the way of love. I can’t stone anyone, but I can refuse to follow others in their unloving ways. Help me to follow you!