* Confusion is found in sinful sexual relationships
Why did God include all these laws about sexual sins? Because confusion is found in sinful sexual relationships and instructions about sexual behavior would have been vital for three million people on a 40-year camping trip. But they would be equally important when they entered the Promised Land and settled down as a nation. Paul recognizes the importance of strong rules about sex for believers because sexual sins have the power to disrupt and destroy the church. Sins involving sex are not innocent dabblings in forbidden pleasures, as is so often portrayed, but powerful destroyers of relationships. They confuse and tear down the climate of respect, trust, and credibility that is so essential for solid marriages and secure children. (NLT)
Deuteronomy 22:13-30 – “Suppose a man marries a woman and, after sleeping with her, changes his mind about her and falsely accuses her of having slept with another man. He might say, ‘I discovered she was not a virgin when I married her.’ If the man does this, the woman’s father and mother must bring the proof of her virginity to the leaders of the town. Her father must tell them, ‘I gave my daughter to this man to be his wife, and now he has turned against her. He has accused her of shameful things, claiming that she was not a virgin when he married her. But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.’ Then they must spread the cloth before the judges. The judges must then punish the man. They will fine him one hundred pieces of silver, for he falsely accused a virgin of Israel. The payment will be made to the woman’s father. The woman will then remain the man’s wife, and he may never divorce her.
“But suppose the man’s accusations are true, and her virginity could not be proved. In such cases, the judges must take the girl to the door of her father’s home, and the men of the town will stone her to death. She has committed a disgraceful crime in Israel by being promiscuous while living in her parents’ home. Such evil must be cleansed from among you.
“If a man is discovered committing adultery, both he and the other man’s wife must be killed. In this way, the evil will be cleansed from Israel.
“Suppose a man meets a young woman, a virgin who is engaged to be married, and he has sexual intercourse with her. If this happens within a town, you must take both of them to the gates of the town and stone them to death. The woman is guilty because she did not scream for help. The man must die because he violated another man’s wife. In this way, you will cleanse the land of evil.
“But if the man meets the engaged woman out in the country, and he rapes her, then only the man should die. Do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no crime worthy of death. This case is similar to that of someone who attacks and murders a neighbor. Since the man raped her out in the country, it must be assumed that she screamed, but there was o one to rescue her.
“If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
“A man must not have intercourse with his father’s wife, for this would violate his father.”
* Confusion makes us ineffective for God
The Assyrian king’s personal representative claimed that Hezekiah had insulted God by tearing down his altars and making the people worship only in Jerusalem. But Hezekiah’s reform sought to eliminate idol worship (which occurred mainly on high hills) so that the people worshiped only the true God. Either the Assyrians didn’t know about the religion of the true God; or they wanted to deceive the people into thinking they had angered a powerful god.
In the same way, Satan tries to confuse or deceive us. People don’t necessarily need to be sinful to be ineffective for God; they need only be confused about what God wants. To avoid Satan’s deceit, study God’s Word carefully and regularly. When you know what God says, you will not fall for Satan’s lies. (NLT)
Isaiah 36:7 – “But perhaps you will say, ‘We are trusting in the Lord our God!’ But isn’t he the one who was insulted by King Hezekiah? Didn’t Hezekiah tear down his shrines and altars and make everyone in Judah worship only at the altar here in Jerusalem?
* Confusion caused when others add to God’s Word
The Pharisees added hundreds of their own petty rules and regulations to God’s holy laws, and then they tried to force people to follow these rules. These men claimed to know God’s will in every detail of life. There are still religious leaders today who add rules and regulations to God’s Word, causing much confusion among believers. It is idolatry to claim that your interpretation of God’s Word is as important as god’s Word itself. It is especially dangerous to set up unbiblical standards for others to follow. Instead, look to Christ for guidance about your own behavior, and let him lead others in the details of their lives. (NLT)
Mark 7:8-9 – [Jesus said] “For you ignore God’s specific laws and substitute your own traditions.” Then he said, “You reject God’s laws in order to hold on to your own traditions.”
* Our confusion toward sin
This inward struggle with sin was as real for Paul as it is for us. From Paul we learn what to do about it. Whenever Paul felt lost, he would return to the beginning of his spiritual life, remembering that he had already been freed by Jesus Christ. When you feel confused and overwhelmed by sin’s appeal, follow Paul’s example. Thank God that he has given you freedom through Jesus Christ. Let the reality of Christ’s power lift you up to real victory over sin.(NLT)
Romans 7:23-25 – But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
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