Deuteronomy 21 Revisited - Cursed on a tree
- If a person is found murdered, and no one knows who is guilty, the elders of the nearest town must kill a heifer and symbolically wash their hands over it. The sacrifice will absolve them of guilt before God.
- If someone wants to marry a woman from a conquered enemy nation, he must bring her into his home, shave her head, throw away her clothes and let her mourn her family. Then he can marry her. But if he changes his mind, he must let her go free.
- A man with two wives, who loves one but has a firstborn son by the other, must make the son of the unloved wife his heir.
- Parents with a rebellious, disobedient son must take him to the elders to be stoned to death.
- A person killed for a capital offense and hung on a tree must be buried the same day, because “cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”
- Verse 23 is echoed in Galatians: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.’”
[I didn’t like my original drawing for this chapter, so I redid it. -James]
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