Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak to him. But if he stands firm and says, ‘I do not want to take her,’ 9 then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the presence of the elders, remove his sandal from his foot, spit in his face, and answer and say, ‘So shall it be done to the man who will not build up his brother’s house. ’
There is no doubt that there are some unusual things that take place in the Old Testament. Some of them are rather entertaining and I am thankful that they don’t apply to us. When we come across these sorts of things, we must respectfully know that there was a purpose that God had for them at that time and then consider if there is an application of them in our lives today. If not, we can simply appreciate them for the times they were written.
“You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a heavy and a light.
This is the way that things were measured out. The idea here is that you were not to have a five pound weight that in reality weighed only four pounds. Using such a weight would be cheating and you would be able to sell a lesser amount of grain and causing the purchaser to think they are getting more. Of course we have much more sophisticated ways to cheat people today.
He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, “a land flowing with milk and honey”; 10 and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O Lord, have given me. ’
“Then you shall set it before the Lord your God, and worship before the Lord your God.
It is tempting to give God our leftovers, but the idea here is that we should give the Lord from our first fruits. One personal application of this would be in the area of tithing. Instead of tithing from our net income (after taxes and benefits are withheld), we should consider tithing from our gross, this would be our firstfruits.
Today you have proclaimed the Lord to be your God, and that you will walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments, and that you will obey His voice.
This would be a great way to start every day of our lives, proclaiming that we will walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments, and that we will obey His voice. I am certain that our lives would run much smoother, in every area.
And there you shall build an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones; you shall not use an iron tool on them.
The Lord knew that man’s tendency, because of the wickedness of his heart, would be to build monuments for himself. This is why God wanted no engravings on the altars. Yet, what do we see today? Ornately decorated buildings and altars that are monuments to men and religion than a humble place to worship the Lord.
But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people.”
This is so typical of religion, which is about doing things, rather than Christianity, which is about a living relationship with Jesus. The chief priests, those who were to be representatives of God to the people, are more concerned with keeping their religious feasts and not upsetting the people, than they are in crucifying an innocent man.
And He said to them, “ This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.
This is the first celebration of communion, the Lord’s supper which was intended for all time to be a time of reflecting upon the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Communion is one of two mandates made by the Lord which is to be followed by the church today, the other is ‘baptism’. Notice that Jesus says, ‘the new convenant’, indicating that His death and resurrection would supersede the old covenant. This does not mean that we no longer pay attention to it, it simply means that we are no longer bound to it. We embrace all of that in the old, which Jesus and apostles indicated we should keep as outlined in the New Testament.
51 Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him, 52 and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.
It is believed that Mark is writing of himself when he writes of the young man.
A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “ Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.
There are so many ways in which we can be guilty of denying the Lord Jesus. We must be so mindful of these, that our heart breaks when we do and we are immediately drawn to repentance. The Lord is so good to forgive us.