Deuteronomy 21 … Consider Him Who Was There

Initially I had more questions than answers after reading through Deuteronomy 21, especially when reading about wives. After all I am one; and I confess I was more than perplexed to discover a husband could let a wife go if she didn’t please him, or it appears he could even choose to have two.

And I wondered, where are You Lord, in this?

And something beyond description emerged off the page. There He was, in the midst of my confusion, in the midst of my questions still lacking answers, He Was There.

Consider Him Who Was There

  • He Was There as the innocent blood in the midst of God’s people.
    • Forgive Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, O Lord, and do not place the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel.’ [21:8]
      • And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.” [Luke 23:46-47]
  • He Was There to remove the bloodguiltiness.
    • And the bloodguiltiness shall be forgiven them. So you shall remove the guilt of innocent blood from your midst… [21:8-9]
      • The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! [John 1:29]
  • He Was There put to death for the sins worthy of death.
    • If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, [21:22]
      • For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; [1 Peter 3:18]
  • He Was There hanged on a tree and accursed of God.
    • …his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance. [21:23]
      • Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree [Galatians 3:13]

How do we respond to Him Who Was There?

Not having answers to some of our questions can certainly be challenging to our faith. My prayer for all of us is this, when we don’t have answers we will look to Him with eyes of faith and clearly see Him Who Was There, Who always Is There and Who always Will Be There.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. [Hebrews 13:8]

  • By faith and trusting in His Word, we must remind ourselves He Was There, Is There and Will Be There.
    • The Lord is my light and my salvation;
      Whom shall I fear?
      The Lord is the defense of my life;
      Whom shall I dread?
      [Psalm 27:1]
  • By faith we can ask Him that we may behold His beauty and dwell with Him Who Was There, Is There and Will Be There.
    • One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
      That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
      To behold the beauty of the Lord
      And to meditate in His temple.
      [Psalm 27:4]
  • By faith we must not give in to despair; we must believe, even when we must wait. We must believe we will see His goodness in the land of the living; we will see Him Who Was There, Is There and Will Be There.
    • I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
      In the land of the living.
      14 Wait for the Lord;
      Be strong and let your heart take courage;
      Yes, wait for the Lord. [Psalm 27:13-14]

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