Deuteronomy 23 & 24: WASH WITH WATER
Verse of the Day: (23:11) But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall wash himself with water: and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again.
1. Water (23:1-25)
If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of uncleanness that chanceth him by night, then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp: (23:10)
God is clean and holy, and He desires His people to be clean and holy physically as well as spiritually. God commanded Israel to literally wash themselves with water before they entered into their camp as this was personal hygiene and for their health benefits. God also commanded them to daily wash themselves spiritually with His holy Word by obeying His Ten Commandments, that of loving others and their properties and possessions. Indeed, water represents God’s Word, and we must daily read and apply His holy Word in order to spiritually clean ourselves from the dirt of sins. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
2. Wife (24:1-16)
When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. (24:1)
Marriage is of and from God, and it is honourable for two hearts to become one heart. God commanded Israel to honour their marriages, and the only reason for divorce was for fornication and adultery. Once it was proven that the wife was unfaithful, her husband could then divorce her. It is a painful process as God commands us that marriage is for life, until death does the couple apart. In fact, God has never approved of divorce as an option, but because of the hardness of man’s heart. Let us truly love and cherish our wife, just like Christ loves and cherishes His church now and forever. (Matthew 19:3-9)
3. Widow (24:17-22)
Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge: (24:17)
God loves and cares for the weak and helpless, including the widows. Many times in the Bible, God’s holy Word, He always commands His people to love and care for the widows. Indeed, we ought to love and care for all, especially those who lost their loved ones, as it is beyond imagination how the flashbacks came to them, as they see the empty chairs and beds, that were once occupied by their loved ones. Let us truly love and care for all, and pray for those who lost their loved ones, that God shall grant them peace and comfort in this life, before they finally are reunited with their loved ones. (James 1:27)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I am washed by Your precious blood and holy Word.