2793"Deuteronomy 25:11" By Joseph Y. Lee
- Feb 25, 2010Deuteronomy 25:11
By Joseph Y. Lee
"If a woman tries to defend her husband and accidentally
touches the genitals of another man while fighting she
is to have her hand cut off." Deuteronomy 25:11
This verse in the Bible did seem troubling. However, I
wanted to make a note that God was basically trying to
save the woman's life in a male chauvinistic, male dominant,
and stubborn Hebrew community. If God were not to ordain
Deuteronomy 25:11, then the Hebrew community would have
stoned the woman for touching another man's genitals,
regardless whether or not she touched another man's
genitals by accident. God did find male chauvinism evil.
(Galatians 3:28-29) He also knew that the Hebrew people
are evil, stubborn, and unforgiving (Hosea 4:16, Psalms
78:8) although He was willing to forgive the woman for
committing the accidental contact.
When God made this edict, God was trying to do two things
- deterrence and restoration by saving her life.
Through deterrence, He tried to prevent that from
happening in the future by deterring all contact of
another man's genitals. Fear could deter all future
accidental and intentional acts of touching another
man's genitals. Fear and deterrence was an effective
means to avoid war between the United States and the
Soviet Union during the Cold War. If the US and
Soviets were mature enough to avoid a nuclear war,
then it would be reasonable to assume that the women
of the Hebrew community could take extra care not to
make this mistake intentionally or by accident.
Nevertheless, it was possible that accidents did occur
such that it was required by Hebrew traditions, not law,
to punish the woman through execution. It seemed extremely
cruel of God to have her hand severed to save her life,
despite His intent to save her life. The gravity of the
Hebrew community’s sin was great, and they were a stubborn
people. According to the Hebrew community traditions and
culture, severing her hand could restore her back into the
community even though it seemed extremely cruel.
When my father had a heart attack, it seemed so cruel that
my father almost died of a heart attack on September 1, 2001.
I did thank God it happened because my father missed a
business appointment on September 11, 2001 at New Jersey. It
was the same day when the terrorists attacked the World Trade
Center in New York City and Pentagon at Washington, D.C.
Sometimes, many horrible things happen so that God can
sanctify and save us.Copyright - CHEMISTRY (CHristian E-mail MIniSTRY)