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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Marrying a Captive Woman

So what did you all think of Deuteronomy 21:10-14?  

Who is the 'enemy' that is listed?  Other Israelites or some other people?  

Can you imagine 'dating' someone for a month and then marrying them?  

This is a crazy scripture.  

6 comments:

AlliKat said...

It would require from me a lot of trust in God! I know I wouldn't in my mind know enough about this person. But of course somehow I would need to know that this person is who God wanted for me. I wonder if they had a process back then to discern this?

That's all for know I have to get back to the meeting....

AlliKat said...

Oh! I forgot to mention....
I would need to ask myself why would I want to marry someone that did not have the same purpose in a relation to God as I do? What am I willing to "put up" with to keep my relationship with God?...

ok I might be back!

Felicia said...

Well I can't imagine dating someone for a month and then marrying them. That's beyond me.

In terms of the enemy, I think it would be any group that goes up against the Israelites. Also, waiting for a month at the time was so that the woman could mourn the deaths of her father and mother. If she was not in mourning could she become his wife right away?

Tera Chau said...

I think "enemies" refer to other people the Israelites were going to fight against; the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, etc. who were inhabiting the land of milk and honey, and later down the centuries, the other people they would fight against like the Philistines, Moabites, Cushites, etc.

But that would be contradictory to God's previous direction that the Israelites were not to marry pagan women who would lead the Israelites astray from their faith in God? Hmmm

Inga Gerard said...

there is such a thing as the enemy within,,,,,another Israelite that did not get along with you or your clan. Remember, fights and quarrels broke out among the people so much that Moses had to get help by appointing judges. I could imagine having an enemy in court even more angry if they lost the case and would hold grudges...maybe

Justin Seibel said...

Contrary indeed. Maybe it is talking about the enemy within.