Seeing The Good (Deuteronomy 21-23)

“And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put on a tree, his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God.  You shall not defile the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance.” Deuteronomy 21:22-23

Sometimes it is hard to see the good with all the bad that hovers over the good.  Consider our readings for March 17.  Moses continues to instruct God’s people concerning various laws that shall govern the people’s lives as they enter this new stage of their walk with God.

Someone asked me a couple of days ago the following question, “How would it be possible for those people to remember all those laws?”  Answer, “The problem was not in remembering but in the doing.”

With each chapter it becomes abundantly clear “the bad news is, we are rotten to the core.”  Paul’s words come to mind here: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

The various laws were in place to govern life for people who’s hearts still needed redemption.  Daily they would have to make atonement for their sin.  Daily they would have to purge the evil from their midst.

Question:  “Where is the good in this?”

The good is in knowing that all of this points us to our need of a substitute (represented in the heifer being killed in the place of the one who committed murder) who makes atonement for us (This is Jesus Christ).  Jesus is the one who becomes the one who is hung on a tree for us!!!

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” Galatians 3:13

In Moses directions I see the good that was coming and I see the good that is coming again (Acts 1:11).

This day, I challenge you to see the good despite the evil that is hovering over our world today!!!  As we approach Easter, we are reminded of how our God can take all the evil of the world and make it pure and new in Christ!!!

“The good news is, no one is beyond the reach of a Holy God who can make all things new.”

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