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We will continue with the theme of the previous lesson when we get on down to vv. 9-12. First, Let's see these verses between. Notice this whole passage, vv. 5-30, is dealing with the one major thing, recognizing and keeping the order which God has established, Lev. 19:19.
Verses 6-7 -- This passage will go along with v. 4. Here our God shows us He is concerned with every form of life which He has created.
1. In this concern for these "insignificant" parts of His creation as He seeks to protect them, what can we be assured of, Matt. 10:24-31? ____________________________________________
a. What is this concern based upon? __________________________________________________
We should point out this confession of Matt. 10:32. The context indicates that as we observe the principle established here He will confess us before the Father when the times are hard. Keep in mind the context of Matt. 10. It is the disciples being sent out to preach to the Jews. The Jews will stand against their teaching, even persecuting them. They were being encouraged to stand and be faithful in the face of this persecution. The application for our day is evident.
In doing this, the Father will watch out for His own. Another way to say this would be; as we are concerned about what He is concerned about when the times are good, He will be concerned about what we are concerned about when the times are hard. Scripture is abundantly clear on this. As we are concerned enough about God's law to walk therein, Amos 2:4, God will be concerned enough about us and our children to do for us what we cannot do, Amos 3:2; Zeph. 2:1-3, etc..
Every time the man had to go out of his way to obey vv. 6-7, rather than "cursing" the law for requiring this inconvenience, he should have been praising God for Matt. 10:29. This would be a purpose for placing this "strange" requirement upon the farmer. Personally, I don't believe this would include the necessity of protecting a sparrow's nest in a house which produces a fire hazard. God is more concerned about human safety and well being than He is the animal. This would be more under self- defense as the nest is removed, or even removing disease-carrying animals, such as blackbirds, etc..
2. There is another principle here in vv. 6-7. Deut. 14:21 would fit within this. What is prohibited in v. 6? ___________________________________________________________________
a. What is covered in Eph. 6:1-4; Col. 3:20-21? ______________________________________
As we have mentioned, God is illustrating a principle for us which would be the proper respect between the parent and child. Here God uses the simplest of things to reinforce this respect which should exist between the two. If God respects the parent-child relationship with even the birds, how much more important is this relationship between His human creation.
V. 8 -- Now we come to God's building code. This is about the only one we will find. Compare this with the humanist building codes of our day. No doubt they would fill a good size room. Notice there is no penalty for not having the battlement around the roof and this is typical of Bible law. The roofs were flat in Bible times, even as late as Peter's day, Acts 10:9. This was part of the living quarters and there was to be a railing built around the roof to prevent someone from falling off. God's very simple building code is if someone gets hurt from the negligence of the builder, then the builder is responsible. This sure would simplify things in our day. If those who are responsible would be held accountable for their responsibility then how much less need for such "oppressive" laws which try to control everything. If a building col&SHY;lapses and kills someone, then an investigation should be made and if it is found that the design was poor, then the one who designed it is responsible for all damages. If the builder cuts cor&SHY;ners, then the builder is responsible. If it is the owner's fault, then he is held responsible. God's way is so much better. If just restitution would be required once again, people would think twice before they ignore their responsibilities.
V. 9, here is a reference to hybridization. Let's look at some of the laws here in Lev. 19:19; Deut. 22:9, God made everything after its kind (Gen. 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25, etc.). For man to try to mingle different kinds is to bring confusion to God's order (see Institutes, pgs. 253-262, for an in-depth treatment of this).
"Sow mingled seed--" Under the second temple this prohibited the sowing of mingled seed for human food, such as wheat and barley or beans and lintels, but seeds of grain and seeds of trees could be sown together. Remember in Luke 13:6 where the man had a fig tree in his vineyard. Seeds not meant for human food could be sown together such as bitter herbs, and vegetables in&SHY;tended for drugs. This law was applied to grafting, such as herbs into trees. Also, according to this law, during the second temple they could not mend woolen garments with a flax thread, etc..
Something of interest here worth noting, the law, "Thou shalt not kill," clearly favors fer&SHY;tility. To harm or destroy the fertility of men, plants or animals is to violate this law making hybrids a violation of not only this law but also of Gen. 1:29, 30 where the indication calls for seeds which have reproducing life in them. A hybrid plant or animal is sterile and does not have reproducing life in itself as created in Gen. 1:12. Hybridization seeks to improve on God's work, and in Gen. 1:12 God says, "And God saw that it was good." In hybridization man says, "But we can make it better."
It would be closing our eyes to facts to say there are not certain advantages to hybrids, but, as it is with all of God's principles, there is a price on breaking or ignoring His principles. No doubt if we would trace back man's illnesses in the past generation or two we would find an in&SHY;crease of illnesses (cancer, heart disease, etc.) not only with the use of cigarettes which have been around for years but mainly the increase in death corresponding with the increase of hybrids and chemicals to grow them with. We can rest assured there is a payment to be made, a price to be paid by us or the generations to come, anytime the principles of God's Word are ig&SHY;nored.
We also have here the decreased value of grain because of the increased production through hybridization. Hybridization has brought a very low price on grain as well as piling it on the ground, and tremendous social cost through farm programs of all kinds. We are caught like a squirrel in a cage. We can't afford to quit using them now.
Also in hybridization, we see the man going against God as Creator of all things in their function, and, in that creation, all things good. If man and plants evolved, then man must do all he can to make everything better, but of course the sterilization of plants and animals prove man cannot improve on God's work. This also makes "gene splicing" as ungodly as it can be. Man was given plants and animals to eat but this was to be within God's principle. Man is free to do it his way, but he is not free to avoid the results.
3. Now we come to a prohibition against what in v. 10? ___________________________________
a. Paul takes this law and gives it the broad application which God is establishing here. He did this with the two previous principles, also. What did Paul say was prohibited by this law, II Cor. 6:14-16? ________________________________________________________________________
This is carrying on the theme of this passage of honoring God's established order. Not only does God clearly forbid this type of marriage but indicated in the principle of this chapter is any effort which tries to overturn God's established order, inter-racial, inter-religious, inter-cultural. Any of these things go against the unity which marriage is designed to establish. Also included in the principle here before us would be a prohibiting of close friends and business partnerships. As we see in II Cor. 6:14-16, the gods are different and they will be at war against each other. (See 4-3). Also, Gen. 11 makes it clear, God divided the nations and any effort to reunite them is the same effort as was Nimrod's, I Tim. 1:19. Christ undones what was done in the garden and at Babel.
b. II Cor. 6:17-18 "-- and I will receive you, and will
be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters--."
What is this conditioned upon?
c. What if this condition is not met? ____________________________________________
4. God continues on with this principle of protecting the order He has established by prohibiting what, Deut. 22:11? ________________________________________________________________
A proper spiritual application is that God's people cannot mix their garments which are provided by God and be successful for God.
1. The garment of salvation cannot be mixed, Isa. 61:10, etc..
2. The garment for warfare cannot be mixed, Jer. 17:5; Eph. 6:10-18; Jude 23, etc..
3. The garment for prosperity cannot be mixed, Ps. 1; Ps. 37, etc..
These would be spiritual applications of these physical laws, yet these are still physical laws which are in effect today.
1. If a house is built where the roof is used for a "living
area", then a railing is to be built. A building must be
2. To sow mingled seed will cause a decrease in yield.
3. Science is finding that the blends of our day do have physical results. I have heard of desires to put labels on blended clothing with "warning, this garment may be hazardous to your health."
4. It only makes sense, the ox and the ass. One will be stronger than the other. One will be bigger or have longer legs. God still cares for the animals as much as He did when He created everything after its kind.
5. One last point, v. 12. What was the purpose of these fringes,
a. We find our Lord referring to this requirement, Matt. 23. This is one of the strongest sermons of our Lord while He was here. He called these men hypocrites because they "wore their spirituality" out where everyone could see it and were proud of it, yet judgment came, Matt. 24. Our relationship to God should be where everyone can see it, yet how must this be projected, James 4:1-17; I Pet. 3:4? _____________________________________________________________
b. A good application, therefore, would be: God's people should
still wear these fringes yet not on their clothing. What would
these fringes, be today, I Pet. 5:5-6?
God concludes these seemingly insignificant laws with v. 12, a reminder that His people are required to do these because of HIS call which is upon them. As we have pointed out several times, this call has not changed for His people today, regardless of what current antinomian teaching says. I Pet., 1, makes this clear.