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egrizzly
Nov 10th 2013, 07:41 PM
Hello all,

I was reading Deutronomy 22 and ran into a few phrases that could use some extra thoughts interpreting.

What does it mean when it says

"You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together."

or


"You shall not wear cloth of wool and linen mixed together."

or


"Evidence of virginity."

jayne
Nov 10th 2013, 08:02 PM
When God gave those Israelites these laws, some of them seem so random and unusual. But God has a purpose. One of His grand designs was for Israel to be separate from all other nations - not to intermarry or share any cultural/religious practices with pagans.

These separation laws in Deuteronomy 22 - the separation of crops, fabric, animals and the four tassels on a man's robe - were strange, but tangible reminders for them to be spiritually separate from the world.

The evidence of virginity is this. In those days, it was not uncommon for husbands to require their new wives to put a cloth under themselves when they consummated the marriage. This way, if and when she bled during her first intercourse, that cloth was evidence that she was a virgin.

It isn't that God believed that women were expected to be spiritually pure and men weren't (even though throughout history, humanity has always made a big deal about a woman's purity and men many times get a free pass, especially powerful men). God wasn't ordaining this kind of imbalance. There are plenty of places in law where men are penalized for extra-marital sex of all kinds.

Virginity - in this instance - represented purity, which was and is a vital spiritual virtue.