1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Deuteronomy 22:13-30
Focal verse(s): Deuteronomy 22:22: “If a man is found lying with a married woman, then both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.”
Sexual purity, (remaining a virgin until married) was a very important law from God. If a husband charged that his wife was not a virgin when they were married, then the bride’s parents had to produce proof she had remained pure until the wedding night. The evidence was a bloodstained cloth from the bedding of the marriage bed on the wedding night. If the proof was produced, then the accusing husband was to be whipped and fined double the price of the dowry. If the husband’s charge proved to be true, the woman was stoned to death at the door of her father’s house. The death penalty was also given for sexual unfaithfulness in marriage. A virgin who was betrothed was treated like a married woman. If she had sexual relations with another man she would receive the death penalty. If she was raped in the town, she was to cry and scream out for help, or both she and the rapist would receive the death penalty. If she was raped out in the country where no one could rescue her, only the rapist was killed. Rape was considered as serious of a crime as murder; therefore the death penalty was given. If a man raped a virgin who was not betrothed, he had to marry her after paying the bride price to her father, and could never divorce her. This protected the girl and assured that she and her child (if she became pregnant from the rape) had permanent support. This law was also a good safeguard against rape, since the man would have to spend the rest of his life with her! We could certainly reduce our divorce rate today if more laws like this were in effect! Finish your devotion by meditating upon Malachi 2:16 and praying specifically for any marriages you know that are in trouble.