Hey everyone! In the last post, we began discussing 7 Old Testament laws that we don’t follow anymore, and I feel like we hit the nail on the head with the first three laws, but I really want to keep going, just to drive the point home about these particular Old Testament laws.
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
4. “But if the thing (that the woman/girl wasn’t a virgin before she got married) is true, that evidence of virginity was not found in the young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done an outrageous thing in Israel by whoring in her father’s house. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.” – Deuteronomy 22:20-21
So, let’s look at the cultural context of this. First of all, most girls were given to be married around the age of 12 or 13 (sometimes she could be as old as 16). Regardless, until she was married, she was to live in her father’s house. Women in Bible times were not typically allowed to own land or their own house unless there were extenuating circumstances (widow, usually). So, let’s be honest here, fathers, if you found out your twelve or thirteen year old daughter was having sex in your house, what would your reaction be? You’d probably want to kill her and all the men/boys she had sex with, right?
But that’s not the point of this commandment. The idea of whoring was a huge thing with God. Israel was not just His daughter, but also His bride, His prize possession. When He spoke of them worshipping other gods, He stated that they were whoring themselves out. This was a time period when a woman was supposed to save herself for whoever paid her father the highest dowry/bride price or remain a virgin her entire life. Prostitutes were shunned, looked down on, and usually chased out of town. It just wasn’t supposed to happen. This commandment shows us just how severe God takes sexual immorality.
5. “You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness.” – Leviticus 18:19
Pretty straightforward here, and I think hygienically, it makes sense. Here, God is basically saying, “Don’t have sex with a woman who is on her period.” Well, I know for a lot of us, just the idea of all that blood grosses us out, plus, as we stated in the last post, contact with human blood for any reason can result in the spread of disease and blood borne pathogens. Enough said.
6. “When men fight with one another and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him and puts out her hand and seizes him by he private parts, then you shall cut off her hand. Your eye shall have no pity.” – Deuteronomy 25:11-12
Okay, again, we know what God’s saying here. If you are getting beaten in a fight and your wife or girlfriend grabs the other guy where she should only be touching you, then cut her hand off. But why? Why not just a slap on the wrist or some lashes or something less severe?
First of all, she belongs to one man, her husband. She’s not supposed to be touching other men and other men shouldn’t be touching her. Secondly, it’s the whole idea of propriety and, honestly, manly pride. She probably shouldn’t be grabbing another man’s testicles for any reason, but also, your wife just made a fool out of you by stepping in and taking control. You live in a patriarchal society (where men rule) and your woman just fought for you. You need to teach her a lesson.
Let’s not do that today. We don’t live in a patriarchal society. We live in a free and equal society (at least we’re supposed to be).
7. “For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles.” – Leviticus 21:18-20
So, the author of the original post (found here) seems to think that this means that no one with any defect was or is allowed to worship God. But clearly they didn’t read to verse 21 (or any of the rest of chapter 21, for that matter), because the following verse says, “No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the LORD’s food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.” (Leviticus 21:21)
All of chapter 21 in the book of Leviticus, and going until 22:16, has to do with the priests that serve in the temple, not the people as a whole.
I’m sorry, Ivana Wynn, but you are just as guilty as the fundamentalists that you rail against in your post for trying to force something down our throats and the throats of a public who is largely ignorant of what the Bible actually says. If you actually study the Bible and the information that is available, you wouldn’t have chosen laws that have been proven to have applied to a particular set of people who lived during a particular time.
Keep your eyes glued here, folks, because I’m not done with Miss Wynn’s post just yet.