God and Sinners [Deuteronomy 21]

1"If a slain person is found lying in the open country in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess, and it is not known who has struck him,

 2then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the slain one.


I am reluctantly blogging this morning because I don't like this passage. It is all about potential sin and what to do with it when it happened in the Israelite community. What it says to me about God is that He knew their weaknesses and that they would sin. Since sin in general and these particular ones were inevitable, He was proactive in setting up standards to deal with the sins. What I don't like is being faced with man's selfish and sinful nature that can't help but hurt others. Man's brokenness was right there in the middle of God's people who were being blessed with God's land, God's presence and God's Word. And all these years later, nothing has changed in the nature of man's flesh. No wonder we needed a Savior!


We praise You, God, that you accepted mankind and dealt with us even though we are so rotten, selfish and hurtful. We praise you that you placed Yourself among us for a time and then willingly died to reclaim some of us for You. Cause us to hate sin as You do, but to love the sinners by the grace and love that comes through Jesus. We can't, but You can.



Beth Warlick, 9/15/2010