Deuteronomy 21* The expiation of uncertain murder. (1-9) Respecting a captivetaken to wife. (10-14) The first-born not to be disinherited forprivate affection. (15-17) A stubborn son to be stoned. (18-21)Malefactors not to be left hanging all night. (22,23)1-9 If a murderer could not be found out, great solemnity isprovided for putting away the guilt from the land, as anexpression of dread and detesting of that sin. The providence ofGod has often wonderfully brought to light these hidden works ofdarkness, and the sin of the guilty has often strangely foundthem out. The dread of murder should be deeply impressed uponevery heart, and all should join in detecting and punishingthose who are guilty. The elders were to profess that they hadnot been any way aiding or abetting the sin. The priests were topray to God for the country and nation, that God would bemerciful. We must empty that measure by our prayers, whichothers are filling by their sins. All would be taught by thissolemnity, to use the utmost care and diligence to prevent,discover, and punish murder. We may all learn from hence to takeheed of partaking in other men's sins. And we have fellowshipwith the unfruitful works of darkness, if we do not reprovethem. 10-14 By this law a soldier was allowed to marry his captive,if he pleased. This might take place upon some occasions; butthe law does not show any approval of it. It also intimates howbinding the laws of justice and honour are in marriage; which isa sacred engagement. 15-17 This law restrains men from disinheriting their eldestsons without just cause. The principle in this case as tochildren, is still binding to parents; they must give childrentheir right without partiality. 18-21 Observe how the criminal is here described. He is astubborn and rebellious son. No child was to fare the worse forweakness of capacity, slowness, or dulness, but for wilfulnessand obstinacy. Nothing draws men into all manner of wickedness,and hardens them in it more certainly and fatally, thandrunkenness. When men take to drinking, they forget the law ofhonouring parents. His own father and mother must complain ofhim to the elders of the city. Children who forget their duty,must thank themselves, and not blame their parents, if they areregarded with less and less affection. He must be publiclystoned to death by the men of his city. Disobedience to aparent's authority must be very evil, when such a punishment wasordered; nor is it less provoking to God now, though it escapespunishment in this world. But when young people early becomeslaves to sensual appetites, the heart soon grows hard, and theconscience callous; and we can expect nothing but rebellion anddestruction. 22,23 By the law of Moses, the touch of a dead body wasdefiling, therefore dead bodies must not be left hanging, asthat would defile the land. There is one reason here which hasreference to Christ; "He that is hanged is accursed of God;"that is, it is the highest degree of disgrace and reproach.Those who see a man thus hanging between heaven and earth, willconclude him abandoned of both, and unworthy of either. Moses,by the Spirit, uses this phrase of being accursed of God, whenhe means no more than being treated most disgracefully, that itmight afterward be applied to the death of Christ, and mightshow that in it he underwent the curse of the law for us; whichproves his love, and encourages to faith in him.
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