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Now we come to a much discussed passage of Scripture, Deut. 22:5. This has been used many ways, and, hopefully we can see past the smoke and emotion here and see what God is saying. As far as classifying this law under one of the commandments, I don't know that we can. We do know, though, that this principle established here will go under Matt. 22:37; Mk. 12:30, which is the first and great commandment. It most definitely goes under I Pet. 1:15-16.
1. Why are we required to obey this even though it may seem
foolish to us? As we have mentioned several times, many times,
God emphasizes the "minor" things which we tend to de-emphasize,
2. What is forbidden by God here, Deut. 22:5? ________________________________________
3. There are a couple more passages which fit within this same principle. What is forbidden in these, vv. 9-11? __________________________________________________________________
4. All of these passages have something in common. Can you
pick out this common principle?
5. What does God require of man, Rom. 1:21A? _________________________________________
6. What else do we see about God, I Cor. 14:33? __________________________________
We see here that God is the God of the creation of every last atom of the universe. God created everything after its order, Gen. 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25.
7. Everything which God created in its order, after its kind,
was proclaimed by God to be what, Gen. 1:31?
Therefore ANYTHING which attempts to break down this order (or the separation) which God es&SHY;tablished is a direct attack upon God as the orderly God of creation.
8. Anytime we see any attempt to do this, whether in God's people or from the world, where do we know it is from, Ja. 3:15, 16? _______________________________________________________
There is absolutely no way around it. Any and all attempts to break down the separation be&SHY;tween the sexes (with clothing here in 22:5) by whatever means might be used, and there are many today, is a denial of the Holy God and is an abomination to Him. If it is done by God's people it is a refusal to be holy even as He is Holy. It is rebellion against God's established order.
Also included in this is "generic engineering" as man tries to cross species of plants and animals. Let us point out here, those who see no problem with abandoning the distinction called for here in Deut. 22:5 CANNOT raise their voice against any efforts by "a mad scientist" to cross a human with a dog or monkey or even bestiality. The same principle applies to both. This prin&SHY;ciple is one of the very first laid down, everything after its kind. God meant for the distinction to be clear and ANY disregard of that distinction is an ABOMINATION to God. It is a denial of His holiness, as well as a refusal by His people to be a holy people. Really, it is rebellion as we substitute our own way of holiness for HIS way of holiness as revealed in His Word. The principle is the separation of the order which our Holy God has established from man to animal to the lowest plant life. He is a Holy God over everything and His law governs every thing, keeping the distinction clear as revealed here in Deut. 22. He is an orderly God and demands that His order be observed by His creation.
9. What will happen to those who refuse to be holy as He is
holy in all manner of life, I Pet. 1:17?
a. Let's not leave it here. Go on down in I Pet., one of the purposes of the redemption through the shed blood was what, 1:18-19? ___________________________________________________
Note where Peter quotes this from, Ex. 19:6, which is just before giving the ten commandments. The quote is also found again in Lev. 11:44 at the end of the dietary laws. Of course, it's easy to pick out what our Holy God did through Peter. He showed us that Ex. 20 is the law of holiness for His people today if they are going to be holy. He also tells us that the dietary laws are still in effect if we expect to be holy. It's time for some "holiness preaching" again.
As we move on, let's close this with a couple of quotes, the first by Keil. (Commentary on the Old Testament, Vol. 1, "The Fifth Book of Moses", pg. 409). "As the property of a neighbor was to be sacred in the estimation of an Israelite so also the divine distinction of the sexes which was kept sacred in civil life by the clothing peculiar to each sex was to be not less but even more sacredly observed. "There shall not be man's things upon a woman and a man shall not put on a woman's clothes" -- does not signify clothing merely, nor arms only, but includes every kind of domestic and other untensils (as in Ex. 22:6; Lev. 11:32; 13:49). The design of this prohibition was not to prevent licentiousness, or to oppose idolatrous practice; but to maintain the sanctity of that distinction of the sexes, which was established by the creation of man and woman, and in relation to which Israel was not to sin. Every violation or wiping out of this distinction such as for example, as the emancipation of a woman-- was unnatural, and therefore an abomination in the sight of God (emphasis added."
Adam Clarke points out (Commentary, Vol. I, Pg. 794) "It is, however, a very good general precept understood literally, and applies particularly to those countries where the dress alone distinguishes between the male and the female. The close-shaved gentleman may at any time ap&SHY;pear like a woman in the female dress and the woman appears as a man in the male's attire. Was this to be tolerated in society, it would produce the greatest confusion."
God help us to glorify Him as God and be recognized as a holy nation and a peculiar people, zealous of good works, Titus 2:14; I Pet. 2:9.