March 18 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was Deuteronomy 22:5 which is contained within a part of Deuteronomy that contains “various regulations.” It reads, “A woman must not put on men’s clothing, and a man must not wear women’s clothing. Anyone who does this is detestable in the sight of the Lord your God.”

In our culture and society today, wearing men/women’s clothing garners a variety of responses from a yawn to cries against cross-dressing and inappropriate behavior.

So it’s interesting to look a little deeper into the context of this verse. According to the Reformation Study Bible Commentary, “Women were not to adopt the accoutrements of the male (e.g., carrying weapons), and men were not to dress as women. The symbols of gender difference were to be respected, and while such symbols vary over time and from culture to culture, the principle of gender distinction remains (Gen. 1:27; cf. 1 Tim. 2:13). Violations of the creation order, such as homosexuality and bestiality (Lev. 18:22, 23; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10), are an “abomination.” It has also been suggested that the interchange of clothing was a part of pagan religious practice.”

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:1

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