Reading Through the Bible, Saturday, February 26. Deuteronomy 22-25

“Finders keepers, losers weepers.”

Perhaps you’ve never heard the saying, but it’s an old one.  The point is, if I find something valuable, it’s mine.  I have no responsibility to discover the true owner.    Deuteronomy 12-26 is the longest section of the book, providing detailed elaboration on the application of the ten commandments.  One of those details is that we are responsible for one another, and to one another.

If you find something and you know who it belongs to, you are responsible for returning it.  You are responsible for the safety of others on your property, and for the protection of the property of others.  You must not take advantage of another person just because you can.  Clean up after yourself so that others do not have to, and so they don’t have to even face a mess you’ve made.  If you say you will do something, do it, on time, and not reluctantly, particularly if you make a commitment to God.  Make provisions for the care of the needy and be generous.

Among these laws is this one, which seems a bit out of place: A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.”  While the New Testament teaches that in Christ, there is “neither male nor female,” one should not take the position that God has obliterated the distinction between the sexes.  When it comes to His grace, he makes no distinction.  But in life, there is very much a distinction.  God has made a certain order in his creation.  Oxen and donkeys are not the same, so you don’t treat them the same.  Likewise, God didn’t create men and women to be “the same,” and ignoring the distinctiveness of his creation is the same as repudiating it.  God has ordered our world, and it works best when we observe that order.