God’s Story For Your Life
“If you see your
neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore
responsibility. Take it back to its owner. If its owner does not live
or you don’t know who the owner is, take it to your place and keep it
until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must return it. Do the same if
find your neighbor’s donkey, clothing, or anything else your neighbor
Don’t ignore your responsibility.
“If you see that your neighbor’s donkey
or ox has collapsed on the road, do
not look the other way. Go and help your
neighbor get it back on its feet!
“A woman must not put on men’s
clothing, and a man must not wear women’s
clothing. Anyone who does this is
detestable in the sight of the LORD your
“If you happen to find a bird’s nest in a tree or on the ground, and there are
young ones or eggs in
it with the mother sitting in the nest, do not take the
mother with the
young. You may take the young, but let the mother go, so that
you may prosper
and enjoy a long life.
“When you build a new house, you must build a
railing around the edge of its
flat roof. That way you will not be considered
guilty of murder if someone
falls from the roof.
“You must not plant
any other crop between the rows of your vineyard. If you
do, you are
forbidden to use either the grapes from the vineyard or the
“You must not plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed
“You must not wear clothing made of wool and linen woven
“You must put four tassels on the hem of the cloak with which
yourself—on the front, back, and sides.” / (Deuteronomy
Many of these practical laws helped
establish good habits for everyday living.
They helped people to live at
peace with one another and with creation.
The Hebrews were to care for
and return lost animals or possessions to their
rightful owners. The way of
the world, by contrast, is “Finders keepers,
losers weepers.” To protect and
return the property of others keeps us from
being envious and
Deuteronomy 22:5 is not primarily a statement about clothing
commands men and women not to reverse their sexual roles. Today
rejections are common—some men want to become women, and women want to
men. The clothing style is not what offends God but using the style to
a different sexual role. God had a purpose in making us uniquely male
Verses 9 and 10 were simply wise farming: If you plant two
side by side, one of them will not survive, since the
stronger, taller one
will block the sunlight and take most of the vital
nutrients from the soil.
And a donkey and an ox, due to differences in
strength and size, cannot pull a
plow evenly. Verse 11 was a practical
command: Two different kinds of thread
wear unevenly and wash differently.
Combining them reduces the life of
God’s laws aren’t arbitrary
restrictions. Look for the reasons behind the
laws. They are not made just to
teach or restrict, but also to protect. Thank
God for his daily guidance,
through his word and the prompting of the Spirit.