Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 21-23
Among all the rules, and there are a lot of them, we see too which we break all the time in our society. Even very faithful people break them. No two seeds in the same field. No mixed fibers in your clothing.
On the surface, one scratches one's head and says, "What! That doesn't make sense." Most of us who garden plant multiple seeds in one place. We mix different types of corn seed in a field to produce a better, insect resistant hybrid. We mix fibers all the time to avoid a fabric that' requires a lot of ironing.
These rules must be understood in the context of God's teaching against idolatry. God didn't want people to think they could worship more than the one true God. No mixing of faith or loyalty. This was demonstrated not only in their faith but in their clothing and their fields.
I am a purist. I like 100% cotton and nothing keeps me warmer in the winter like a100% wool sweater. I prefer organic food and pure, clean water. I love a 100% faithful husband and am thankful for God's 100% love. When viewed in this light, the purity and faithfulness of cloth and seed makes sense.
Once again, the rules point to the holiness of God, played out in the actions of God's people. Do you think we'll ever understand this main message of God to us? Faithfulness, purity, cleanliness...they all matter deeply to God.
When will they matter to us?