The Vulnerable, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
February 9, 2014 · Deuteronomy 25:1-19
The Gospel According to Moses - The Vulnerable
25:1-3. How is this teaching similar to the U.S. Bill of Rights, Amendment VIII: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”? When are you most tempted to be disproportionate in your response to another’s wrongdoing?
25:3. If humanity is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27), why should we be especially concerned about disproportionate or unwarranted punishment (James 3:9; 1Jn. 4:20)? Do you think this principle has anything to say to what has happened at Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo Bay? Why or why not?
25:4. Paul quotes this verse in 1Cor. 9:9 and 1Tim. 5:18, arguing that God is concerned all workers, animal and human, receive just treatment and reward for their labor. In what ways might we violate this principle today?
25:5-10. This is the only Old Testament teaching about a type of marriage we see practiced in Genesis 38 and Ruth 4. The concern was both provision for a vulnerable widow and protection of a vulnerable family inheritance. While such marriages are not commanded today, practically how do you think we should work to provide for and protect widows and the vulnerable (cf. Acts 6:1; 1Timothy 5:4,8,16; James 1:27)?
25:13-16. How do you think this passage speaks to our business dealings (cf. 1Tim. 3:8; Tit. 1:7)? to those who cheat on their taxes? to those who receive too much change from the cashier? to those who plagiarize another’s academic work? to those who pirate (illegally copy or obtain) music and media? to those who show favoritism (Jam. 2:1-4)? In what other ways might we be guilty of cheating one another financially, intellectually, or socially?
25:13-16. Do you think this passage might be used to argue that God is a fan of “fair-trade”? How much responsibility do you think we bear to know from where our food, clothing, and consumer products come and whether or not those who provided the raw materials and produced those goods were fairly compensated?
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