Verse 16 Parents. "Honor thy father and thy mother." Support, love and serve your father and mother;
supply their needs. Don't allow them to work. Buy them clothes, stand at their beckon call. In the East,
it's father's day and/or mother's day every day. Care for parents daily. Parents should live for the son, not
vice versa. Support the parents. Mother, father, teacher, God—order of importance.
Verse 15 Fiery serpents.
Verses 9-12 In contrast they were making very little living in Egypt by growing little gardens of herbs,
which means vegetables. You don't need much water for a garden of vegetables. The earth is so soft that
when they want to water their gardens, they go to the canal and just with their toes, without bending
down, they let the water go through by making a little hole. Without much effort you can grow food in
this new land and God will keep an eye on it. He will bring the rain.
Verse 10 Watering with the foot. Irrigation of land. There are canals which go between different landowners'
properties. The water comes from a river. The canals are not very wide and when a man wants
water, all he needs to do is to move some dirt with his foot and the water will run onto the field.
Water with foot. Land in Egypt is smooth plains. Some of the greens and herbs that they plant can
grow in two or three weeks' time. The crops are planted in rows and a canal runs through the patches.
The canals are about 2 feet wide and 5-6" deep and flow out from the Nile or other rivers. To water
gardens, just scratch soft mud on bank of canal with foot and water flows into patch. When enough water
has flowed in, use foot to replace mud ridge of bank.
So, in Egypt, the crops are grown by man's labor. But God promises that in the land that He has
given to His people, He plants, waters and causes the increase (verses 11-15). It is a land "flowing with
milk and honey" (verse 9), which is a figure of speech for "prosperous."
Irrigation of land. Where does the water come from for irrigation of the land? There is a canal
between the two owner's land holdings. Deuteronomy 11:10; the owner of either side takes his foot to the
side of the stream and moves the earth with his foot. This is their irrigation. When finished, the man
closes the irrigation hole by replacing the moved earth.
Verse 2 Heavenly tree. Already into teaching. Travelers who sleep under this tree are protected. Will
not be robbed because they sleep under "heavenly tree." If have trouble sleeping, then the wonderful
breeze under the heavenly tree heals from sleeplessness. If someone wants to meditate and pray, that
person would go under the heavenly tree perhaps for weeks or months. All the Eastern holy men do this.
They sleep and stay under the tree often. Helps concentration and stayed mind. Pluck leaves of tree and
drink the milk drops that pop out. Eat the leaves. Believe that this food helps them to concentrate
(species of banyan tree, 1/4 mile or greater circumference of branches—see #140).
Some German scholars came to gather some of these trees to plant in Germany, but they would not
grow. The Germans wanted to obtain the same results that these Easterners received from the tree. The
Germans discovered after examining constituents of leaves and their milk, that a mixture of butter and
honey would bring the same results. When Bible was written in English, "butter and honey" was the
translation sometimes. At the time of famine, etc., women would build brick altars under this tree
because they believed God was there.
"Green tree" should be heavenly tree. Sometimes people would go to green tree and call on false
gods. Bishop likens Christ to heavenly tree: gives rest, soothes, heals, feeds. Psalm 91:1. Secret places
of most High (bosom of God), abide in shadow of Almighty.
Verse 2 The words "peculiar people" we see many times. Peculiar people means you are my own people.
Verse 21 "Ye shall not eat of anything that dieth of itself." This is referring to buffalo, sheep, cows,
lambs, etc. Goat's milk is supposed to have strength in it and the weak people drink goat's milk. "Seethe"
means "cook." Some wicked people cook the goat kid in it's mother's milk because it is very tasty. God
forbids that because it is a wicked thing to cook in goat's milk when the kid should be fed and the human
beings could be fed. The Old Testament, a lot of it, is practiced by the Mohammedans. They call
themselves untouchables because when a cow or buffalo dies of itself on their farms, the untouchables
drag them and eat them. That is one of the reasons.
Verse 4 See Ecclesiastes 12:5.
Verse 11 Giving to the poor. Every full moon, new moon or festival day in India, the wealthy cook
food for the poor and give them clothes. It is publicized that "so and so" will feed 5,000 poor people and
give 200 people clothing. People flock to the gates of the wealthy and servants feed and clothe them.
There is a joy in giving. Cannot "murmur" when giving or that "spirit of murmur" will come to harm the
murmurer. Giving is a privilege, not to refuse.
Verse 12 Selling was not among the Caucasians or Hindus. It means poor relatives. If he takes his
sister's son, who is poor, and he stays in his home and gets educated and does the work for him, and he
acts as his own son because maybe his father died and there is no money left, then according to the
Hebrew law, on the seventh year they have to release him. But according to the Hindus, he may stay on
as long as he wants. But even if he only stays 2 hours and wants to go, he shouldn't send him away
empty. Set him up and get him a house and try to get him on his feet. You cannot hold him any longer
than six years.
Verse 7 Only the political courts have the power to pass capital judgment or punishment, so it was in
the time of Jesus. That is why they had to go to Pilate. The Jewish priests do not have political power,
only religious power. In the olden days, the elders of the gate took over the capital punishment. Those
that passed the judgment on some man would have the witnesses lay hands on him and also the people
round about. By laying our hands on him, we are laying on him the guilt for which he is to be sacrificed,
the priest puts his hand and then they kill him. "Laying hands" means in cases like this you are going to
die for this cause because of your sin and guilt which we are placing on your head. The hands of the
witnesses is put on his head first and then all the people on top. They don't touch the head. Only the
witness can touch the head of the person. The same thing applies to followers of the Church: only the
consecrating bishop lays his hands on your head. In that case, it is passing powers to you. In this case,
there are hundreds of hands on his head and thousands looking on. This makes them scared and they
don't want to do that kind of thing.
Verse 14 Two properties are separated by stones which are lying on the ground, not staked. Some
scoundrels move these landmarks to encroach upon another's land. This was against the law
(Deuteronomy 19:14).
They don't have hedges between joining pieces of land. They will put a row of stones along the
border. They don't dig into the land, they only place the stones on the land. These stones are a landmark.
They will never encroach upon another man's land because it is against the will of God (Deuteronomy
27:17). They are salted to stick to what God has told them to do.
Verse 21 Punishment (eye for eye) Mark 9:43-47. This was punishment by the law. Then when Jesus
said, "If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off," he did not mean literally, but he was expressing the degree
of determination that should be had in renewing the mind. You'd rather cut off hand then do this thing.
He was saying, "Don't steal," because old law was to cut off hand of one caught stealing. When he said to
pluck out the eye if it offends, he was saying "Don't covet or envy."
Mark 9:43-47. We lose joy when we try to avenge wrong done to us. The grace of God is sufficient
for us so we can bless those who persecute us. We have a greater law of love. Therefore, Jesus Christ
says don't do this hand for hand stuff.
Verses 5-8 Fear and worry in battle. If a man has not taken care of matters at home, when he goes into
battle his mind will still be at home. He will worry that he will die before he takes care of those matters
and because of his worry, he will surely die. A man's mind must be totally into battle when he goes into
it. Verse 8: if he is fearful, he will infect others with his fear. That man is not fit for the army. Our
minds and hearts must be fully set on God. Other thoughts and all fears will deprive us of our loyalty to
Christ. Cannot look back or to right or left when in army of Christ. Fully persuaded. (I Timothy 2:4)
Verses 10ff Captive woman. Captive woman mourns for home and family by shaving head (a sign of
consecration to God at other times) and paring nails. After one month, captor could take her to wife. If
he does not want her, she is free. He cannot "make merchandise of her," (verse 14) prostitution.
Verses 15ff Sons of two wives. If a man has two wives, and the firstborn son is of the woman that he
likes the least, the father must still give the rightful inheritance of the firstborn (double portion) to that son
and not to the son of the wife he loves. Verse 17: Firstborn son is "beginning of strength" of father.
Strength of father produces him.
Verse 18 Stoning of stubborn and rebellious son. Do not find one among high-caste Hindus because of
training. Verse 19, "gate of his place," where elders sit. Cannot touch children in America or go to jail.
In East, disobedient son is brought by law before elders of gate who question him. If they find him
stubborn and disobedient, the elders stone the son. (Mention of incident in New Testament where people
were taking up stones to stone Jesus. He said, "before Abraham was I am." Bishop says Jesus meant that
he was God.)
Three crimes which warrant stoning: 1) blasphemy against God; 2) adultery; 3) disobedience of children.
The laws were written on stones. When throw stones at a person, it is not because of personal dislike
but it signifies the "law" is killing them. Sin against laws. You can't use stones except for this; i.e., you
can't hit animals with them or knock fruit off trees.
Verses 22ff Hanging on tree. Jesus was not sinner, but became sin for us. He "made his grave with the
wicked" (Isaiah). Must go to king to beg body off of tree as Joseph of Arimathaea went to Pilate for
Jesus' body. All people in East who die, must be buried before evening because of quick decay in that
climate. Also, all meat must be eaten right away.
Verses 1ff Eastern "brother," behavior towards him. Brother—anybody, neighbor.
Verses 1-4 Eastern "brother." Brother—neighbor (behavior towards him). Take care of neighbor's lost
animals and return them to him. If you do not know who the animals belong to, care for them until
neighbor seeks after them. This law was given to MANU (Hindu) many years before it was given to Moses.
Verse 3: Do thus with any of thy brother's lost objects.
Verse 4: Aid brother in distress.
Verse 5 Wearing raiment of opposite sex; idol worship. Some idols have man's face and woman's
clothing. Some have woman's face and man's clothing. Followers dress likewise. This law holds only
for these idol-worshippers whose clothing is influenced by their worship of these idols. Does not hold,
for instance, when woman wears pants for convenience.
Verses 6 and 7 Conversation. Not take mother with young. Lengthen thy days.
Verse 8 Housetop. Battlement—wall around flat roofs to keep children, etc. from falling off. About 3' high.
Verses 9ff Vineyard, planting. Do not mix seeds or will defile fruit. We cannot get mixed up with
things of world (negatives), or we will be defiled and choked. (Verse 10: says he taught before.)
Verse 11 His shirt should not be of both woolen and linen. It shouldn't be mixed.
Verses 11ff Garments, hem of. Bishop says the lack comes from putting it together, not from wearing
it, according to Easterners. Heathens (pagans) believed to mix linen and wool sewn together would bring
luck. God did not want His people to depend on that superstition. Verse 12: "vesture" should be
"blanket" or "sheet." Hem of garment was fringed. Represented presence and power of God. Covered by
shadow of His grace. (Bishop says the luck comes from putting it together, not from wearing it—
according to Easterners.) The woman who touched the hem of Jesus' garment touched the fringe.
Verses 13-17 Tokens of the damsel's virginity.... Shows how the only grounds for divorce is fornication.
Verses 13-19 Spread the cloth. Virginity.
Verses 13-21 Law of virginity. Hate—accuse, maid—virgin. As soon as girl is 9 or 10 years she is no
more seen with boys or men. Goes to girl's school and is followed by servant for protection. Easterners
believe in sanctity (godliness) of virginity. When man and wife come together first it takes place in girl's
parents home, who are responsible for her virginity. In the morning, the token of virginity (blood) should
be found on sheets. If no blood, man can divorce for fornication and can sue girl's parents for deceit.
Burden of proof on girl's parents. If man accuses girl, parents can present tokens. Man cannot put her
away for any reason except fornication—not for adultery. Must forgive each other for adultery.
Fornication involves deliberate deception by parents. Do not try to follow Eastern culture or will get
mixed up with our Western thinking.
Verse 22 Adultery. Woman has not sinned if she is forced by a man. If she is unmarried, the raper
must pay the father 50 shekels of silver and marry the girl.
Verses 23-24 Rape. Woman's fault if she does not cry out when a man forces her. If a woman is raped,
she has not sinned.
Verse 30 Incest. Man cannot lie with mother. "Father's skirt" —father' s wife's sari (her skirt).
Verses 12-14 Abroad. Go abroad—"go to bathroom," paddle—"blade," weapon—rod about one foot
long, metal. Do not be unclean because God is in midst of camp. God is in us now and we should not be
unclean by negatives and unbelief. Be clean mentally and spiritually as well as physically.
Psalm 41:5,6,9. Go abroad, gossip. Deuteronomy 23:12-14. Go abroad, paddle. "If he..." the
enemy, the Devil, who comes in numerous ways. The enemy is in our heads. Verse 5: Our enemies say
the same thing, "when will he give up this confessing Christ? When will he give up this testifying and
study of the Word?" This is what the enemy works on us. Verse 6: "...his (the enemy's) heart gathereth
iniquity to itself...," he always tries to scare us, frighten us.
"...When he goeth abroad, he telleth it." Most Eastern people live in one of the villages (India has
750,000). Those who live in the cities have bathrooms, just as in the United States. In the villages, they
go outside the city walls to go to the bathroom. Women go to one area, men to another. The place must
have a water convenience, because Eastern people do not use toilet paper, they wash. (To be arguing
between the East and the West is caused by lack of understanding of differences. We are not anxious to
change Easterners to Western culture as we are merely to understand their background). "Goeth abroad"
means he has gone to the fields to answer the calls of nature. (See Deuteronomy 23.) If there is no
running water, the people carry a jug of water with them, "...he telleth it," men gossip or women gossip at
the toilet. Example—"my enemy is sick, I hope he'll never recover." That is why it says here,
Deuteronomy 23:12-14—"without the camp"—outside city wall; "go forth abroad"—toilet.
Verse 13: "thou shalt have a paddle," something to dig with. Dig a hole, remove the waste and then
cover it up. The life of Eastern people is in the Bible, the way they live in every detail of their life.
Psalm 41:6. If the enemy speaks to psalmist, it is vanity, so he usually talks about it at the toilet.
Verse 9: "Hath lifted up his hell against me..."—he will turn against you, acting against you. (Genesis
3:15) a familiar friend; "who did eat bread"—was eating salt, a trust; if it is not honored, it is considered a
breech of trust. We eat the bread of Christ Jesus every day because he gives us food, power to earn
bread—and we do not walk in accordance to his will. We lack loyalty and faithfulness, yet we eat his salt.
Verse 15 Escaped servant. If servant escapes because of persecution, must give him refuge and not give
him back to master. American government practices this law.
Verse 17 Sodomite. Whore—sodomitess, one set aside as such for heathen worship.
Verse 18 The price of a bad woman and the price of a dog must not be put as an offering to God. If
they think the money has come from a publican, they won't accept the money. They must know where
the money comes from.
Prostitution. Hire of a whore—price for prostitution. Dog—outsider (dogs always kept outside of home).
Price of whore. People would worship false gods for money—spiritual prostitutes .
Price of a dog. Term of contempt for the price of a physical prostitute (called a dog in East) because
dogs are abomination to even touch in the East. (In big cities in India and Europe, the prostitutes are
licensed by the government.)
Verse 19 When you lend something to your brother, you should not charge interest. If he borrows a
thousand dollars from his brother, you should not charge interest. When he does it for property, a deed
drawn up but the interest cannot be mentioned in it because it is unlawful. When the man pays the
money, he doesn't pay the interest because they always refuse to take it. They have a box in their homes
called the lost treasury in which they put the interest. This goes to the temple. Brother does not mean
your blood brother in this case, but brother of your tribe. Hindu to Hindu.
Verses 19ff Lending with interest, usury. Brother—Jew. Spiritual application: Christians should not
charge brother interest—"lend, hoping nothing again."
Verse 21 He does like "...the Lord will surely require it of thee...." But " shall be sin in thee," is all
right. What we sow we reap. It depends upon him. God has nothing to do with it.
Verses 21-23 Vow to God. Sin to vow to give something to God and not pay it. Spiritual application:
when vow to work of the ministry of God, must live up to it. Making a vow with the mouth seals it.
Reap consequences of breaking God's law. Should not blame God, but blame own self.
Verse 24 "...then thou mayest eat grapes till you are full...." Vessel should be pocket or basket.
Verses 24ff Eating of neighbor's crops. (Says he taught it before.) Can eat from neighbor's vineyard or
cornfield but cannot gather from them to carry away.
Verses 24 and 25 This is still the law in the East. That is why they have more poor people in the East.
Lazy people can go and eat and lay down under a tree.
Mark 2:23-28. No crime when Jesus and his disciples took corn. The Pharisees thought they were
unlawful in threshing the kernels off the corn on the Sabbath, rubbing the corn to get the kernels out was
Verse 25 See Matthew 2:1.
People's trees, sickle. Passing through an Eastern orchard, or cornfield, a hungry man may eat as
much fruit as he wants without asking permission of the owner. The owner of the tree says, "Peace be
unto you, have you had enough," to a perfect stranger. However, if you walk away with a fruit or fruits, it
is considered stealing (Deuteronomy 23:25, "the sickle" means take it away from under the tree). You
can take it with you in your stomach but not in your pocket. Mark 2:23—the sin was that the disciples
"rubbed" the corn to get to the grain (corn cannot be eaten without doing this). The sin was not the
picking of the corn.
Verse 3 Matthew 5:41. Go two miles. In the East, any rajah, government official, can compel anybody
walking in the street to stop his walk and carry his (rajah's) bag. The man cannot refuse. The rajah can
only compel for a mile. Refusal could result in a beating (resist not evil). This would not help.
Whipping maximum is 40 stripes. Paul got whipped 39 times. His whippers wanted to appear generous
by not giving the maximum (Deuteronomy 25:3; II Corinthians 11:24).
Verse 5 Marriage (honeymoon). Even if he is a businessman, will close business during the 12 months
of the honeymoon. Luke 14:20 expresses one of the three excuses ordained by God. One is that a man
cannot accept an invitation because he has taken a new wife. This is a legitimate excuse.
Go to parents' homes —12 months, live with bride's parents first month; second month the boy's
parents. The parents supply all their needs the first year—no draft or work. Take all your meals with
your wife during the first year (honeymoon). The excuse, "I have taken a wife, I cannot come" stems
from this custom. In East, don't have intercourse right after marriage. Have to wait for the time set by the
elders of the gate. The date is set according to the stars so the child will have characteristics of that star.
Sometimes there is an engagement—a week before marriage—usually longer. Boy to bride's home
with his parents, they have dinner. At night, about 6:00, they'll go into the yard under the pomegranate
tree, an orange tree of a kind, called kitchilica (wherever it says apple it is orange).
"New wife." From the banqueting hall they will leave for their honeymoon for one year which is
paid for by the parents.
Marriage (honeymoon). Man free at home for one year to please his wife.
Eastern honeymoon comes from this law. This law was prevalent before the Mosaic law.
See Luke 14:16-20,24.
Verse 6 Poorer people in the East have only one cloth which they use to cover the body during the day,
just like the untouchables in India. If he wants some money, he may go and pledge it. But no respectable
man will pledge a loin cloth from his brother. Some crooks and thieves will pledge this poor fellow's
clothing. God says if you take a loin cloth to pledge, you must give it to him before evening comes
because he must sleep in it. That is one of the pledges.
A millstone is about 18-20" in diameter and about 3-4" thick. It is two stones, one on top of the
other. Two women grind the millstone and some poor people pledge the upper millstone. If you pound
one millstone, you can't grind with the other, therefore, the man who lends the money trusts them. God
says here no man shall take the upper millstone to pledge. But they do it just the same. The millstone is
connected with a man's life because he grinds his food with it. Every morning they have fresh flour. No
Hindu will use yesterday's flour.
Verse 6 Pledge (millstone). Millstones: 18" diameter, 5" thick, one on top of the other held together by
wooden peg. Pour corn in hole in center of upper stone. Keep turning upper stone. Two women turn and
hold hand on peg to grind. No man would do this job. On the other hand, it is also a disgrace for a
woman to do a man's work. "Nether" means lower. It is a crime against a man's life to accept as pledge
(usury) the thing which is man's livelihood. You should give him what he needs, not make him pledge his
Most people believe that when Samson was in prison and made to grind the mill that it was hard
labor, physically. Not so. It was just disgraceful for him to have to do women's work. It's hard labor to
do disgraceful work (for a man).
Pledge, pawnbroker, pawning life. Neither lower stone down. Man must not accept millstone for
pawning. Takes his livelihood. Wrong to pledge life for pawn. Millstones are looked upon as life.
Verse 7 Slavery. Against law to enslave one of the children of Israel. Punishment was death.
Slavery of children. Sinful, thief must die.
Verse 3 Leprosy. Leprosy considered a curse for a horrible crime. Lepers were isolated and shunned.
Had to live on outside of village. Lepers, prostitutes, liquor shops are isolated from village. Leprosy eats
the bone, ears, nose, eyes, etc. Lepers die a bag of bones. People very afraid of the disease. Only
Christ's power healed it. Other people can walk on fire, but only Christ can heal leprosy.
Leprosy. God's curse—that is what Easterners think. Not allowed to associate with other people.
When entering a city, must cry out, "Leper, leper, leper!" Verse 9: Miriam was a leper. God told her to
remain seven days outside of the camps and she would be well.
Verses 10-12 Some poor people only have one sheet with which to cover with at night. Sometimes they
pawn it in the day for money, but the sheet must be returned before the night. They must return all things
which are pledged. You must return it to him even if he doesn't return the money.
If a person is going to borrow $10 from you and you ask what he will give you, he may say I will
pledge you something, but I don't have it with me. You must not go to his house with him when he goes
to get it. You must trust him. Each tribe has a money leader section which is their work. They dress
differently. They are ashamed to see a money leader come to their house because although they may
come for some other purpose, the next door neighbors will think they are very bad off if they are
borrowing. They think they owe him money or have refused to give him a pledge. Pledging means
ponding. Therefore, in verse 11 it says you should not go into his house. If you do have to go to his
house with him, you stand in the street somewhere.
Verses 10-13 Pledge. It is dishonoring to go into a man's house to collect because then the lender is
acting as master and not treating the borrower as an equal. The poor people in India often have only one
loin cloth around waist and another cloth around neck. Uses it for covering at night. The lender should
not keep a poor man's raiment as a pledge overnight. Must return it even if money is not repaid.
Consideration is far more important than money. In the age of grace we give without asking a pledge.
(Abroad—in the street.)
Lending, pledge. Abroad—in the street. Bad culturally for money lender to go to person's house to
collect. They dress differently and everyone would know that the person had pawned something. It
would be a disgrace. That's why God set law that money lenders must stand in street and wait for pawner.
Some people pawn outer clothing, but money lender cannot keep it overnight. He must return the
garment to the poor man even if it is not redeemed. They use these clothes to cover themselves at night.
Verses 14ff Hired servant. Must pay him before sundown so his wife can go to market and buy food for
evening meal.
Verses 14 and 15 Poor. Do not take advantage of poor servants. Pay his wage before the sun goes
down each of his working days. The wife counts on this money each evening to go to market to buy food
for meal. The wealthiest people in the world and the most poverty stricken are both found in India.
Poverty stricken are in the minority.
Verse 16 Punishment. Before the law, the children were often put to death for parents and parents were
often put to death for children's sin. Jesus Christ was the only one who could be put to death for another's
Avengers of blood. It was a custom that if a murder had occurred, the family of the dead person
would avenge that murder by taking the life of the murderer or someone in his family. The family of the
second murdered person would avenge his death with still another death. It would often go on for
generations. If someone wants to escape involvement, he may either flee to one of the cities of refuge
established for that purpose, or he may call upon the name of a prominent person in the city. This wellrespected
name clears the person because of its merit and authority. Often we are exhorted to call upon
the name of the lord and we will be saved. Authority of name of Jesus Christ.
Verses 17-22 Stranger, not pervert judgment of. Pledge. Widow. "Not pervert judgment of
stranger"—not judge him and put him in jail, etc., just because he is stranger. Deal with him righteously
and kindly. Help widows. God's wrath kindled if they are harmed or taken advantage of.
Don't take absolutely everything in harvest. Leave a little for widow, stranger, orphan. They will
glean it. Poor have no lands or income so how will they live? Those who have must supply that need.
Always purposely leave some behind. Since God blessed the rich abundantly, they must bless those who
have less. Ruth went to glean like this.
Pledge, widows. If widow asks for help, don't ask for something to pledge in return, just help.
Leave some crops for widows, orphans and strangers.
Verse 19 Any man can go and take a sheaf after the harvest if there are one or two left. This is not
against the law. It has nothing to do with gleaning.
Verse 20 You only shake the olive branch once. "When thou shakest thine"
Verse 3 Trading corn. By giving 40 stripes save one, like they did to Paul, they are pretending to be
gracious. Spread ears of corn out on threshing floor. Get 3 or 4 oxen or buffalo which walk around on
ears of corn. The kernels settle down under the cobs which they gather and throw away. Gather the corn
and blow away the chaff from it. Cannot muzzle the ox and prevent him from eating because he deserves
some of the corn for his labor. Mana was the law given for the Hindus (Arains); for Egyptians was
Verse 4 Threshing floors are always on a high rocky place; they spread the corn or wheat on the rock
then tie together buffalo or oxen and let them walk around on the heaps of harvest. They do not muzzle
the ox, for if they did, it could not eat while it was working, the laborer is worthy of his hire.
"Thou shalt not muzzle the ox." See also I Corinthians 9:9, I Timothy 5:18—the muzzle was a bag
placed over the head of the animals. While the animal was threshing, he could reach down and eat some
of the corn for the people were not permitted to muzzle the animals.
Verse 5 They say "new wife" because he may already have a wife. They take a one year honeymoon.
Verses 5-10 Brother's widow. Jewish law—if man dies without child, the man's brother was to take his
brother's wife and raise up seed unto him, naming the firstborn after the dead brother so that his name
would not be lost in Israel. If the living brother refused to take her, the wife goes to the elders who call
the man in. If he still refuses, the wife looses the sandal from off his foot and spits in his face to disgrace
him. He remains an outcast for the rest of his life. This is a Jewish law only—not Hindu.
Verses 7-9 If a man dies, his wife is supposed to be married by his brother, if he has one. If he does not,
what will happen is in verses 7-9.
Whenever they loose the shoe, that man is in disgrace in society for the rest of his life and after he
dies his family is also in disgrace for two or three generations. Shoe is a sandle. After she has loosed his
sandle, she can go and marry anybody she wants.
Verse 11ff Fighting. Wicked woman imposes unfair advantage on husband's opponent.
Verses 13-16 Measures and weight. Easterners bad business people. Often cheat their customers. In
India, must have government seal on weight to protect customers.
Verses 13 and 14 Mark 7:10-11. Tithing and offering. He didn't use the lord's money for anything else.
It is brought to the storehouse and the pastor takes care of it and does what he wants with it. Things that
belong to God can't be used for anything else. They believe you can use any money for the dead.
Everybody contributes to bury the dead, but you can't use the money promised to God, even if it's a good cause.
In the time of Christ, the children had to support their parents as they got older. But sometimes they
would dodge the issue by saying, "Father, I know you need this, but I've dedicated it to the Lord." That's
what "it is corban" means (Mark 7:10-11). The father is trained that he'd rather die than use that money.
If a man has a coconut tree, he takes the Lord's share first and gives it to the priest. The priest
doesn't know about him, but he just takes it and uses it for the temple. People never use the Lord's share
for themselves no matter how poor they might be.
Verse 14 Some people have tithing saved out for the Lord's share. They also use it for other purposes.
"I have not eaten thereof in my mourning..." means "I have not used this money for my own use...."
Mourning is very important to these people, "...for unclean use..." means anything outside the temple is
unclean. "Nor given ought thereof for the dead." Each person gives so much money for the funeral of
dead person. He has not used the money for this purpose.
Tithing. Did not eat anything of tithe money or use what he gave to God for unclean use. Loyalty to
God. Anything set aside for God's work should be used only for that purpose. "Bring all tithes to
storehouse" (Malachi). Storehouse is where you are taught.
Verses 5 and 6 Altar. Use rough stones as they are, must be made of God's own natural material
without being tampered with by man. God must have all glory for it.
Verse 16 Dishonor of parents. "Light" should be dishonor as it is in Sanskrit. (Roots of Western
language are in Sanskrit.) "Cursed is he that dishonors his father and mother."
Verses 8,9,2-14 Blessings shall come and overtake thee. All of these blessings from 2-14 shall come
and overtake thee; you follow the Lord, you hear the Lord and the blessings will come and take all of you.
We are running after the blessings and we cannot get them. If we run after the Lord, this blessing will
come and grab you! (Matthew 6:33)
Verse 13 The head and not the tail. Shall be above the persecutions, the humiliations and insults
(spitting and gossip against you—Isaiah 50:6). Be above these things unaffected, unperturbed. Only
Christians with Christ in them and Hindus with their trained mind can afford to eliminate these things and
be calm. Don't become fretful in agony, in distress — "beneath."
Verse 35 To me (God) belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the
day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
Verse 36 Repent can be "feels sorry."
Verse 12 The people in the East carry their children different than we do. The men carry the children
on their shoulder when they go to festivals, etc. The child holds either the father's head or neck. The
father holds the son's legs. He puts a cloth on his head and body. That's the way God would make us sit
on his shoulder, in his strength and power. He would cover us all day to keep out the sun and heat. There
is no way for you to fall in any side. The women carry the children on their arms and waist. It is not very
secure and comfortable because the child is always falling down and being lifted up. But the one puts on
the shoulder they don't move. They sit on the strength of the father.
Covered. Relates to way children were carried—sitting on neck with legs dropped on chest of carrier
who grasps the feet. During the heat of the day, the carrier covers the child with his mantle. But God will
cover all the day long. Child holds on tightly to the head of the one carrying him. Greatest strength in
shoulder. That is where God carries us—in His strength. We are covered in the blood of Jesus Christ.
Short question on Ecclesiastes 12 and burial. Women not allowed to bathe at the fountain.
"The beloved of the Lord...."
"...he shall dwell between his shoulders." In East, children carried on father's shoulders—sit on
neck, hold on and their feet hang down on father's chest who can hold his feet. Shoulders strength,
resting on his strength. On a long journey, child carried—no worry, he knows that he is safe, has
confidence because he knows resting on the strength. When gets hot, his father covers his head. Covered
only during the day. "Lord shall cover him all the day long..." But the Lord shall cover Benjamin all the
day long. Be given his protection. This is the position that we have in Christ—hid in Christ in God—
wonderful, rich, safe, joyous, sends His angels to keep charge so feet won't slip. Wonderful security in
Christ Jesus.
Verse 24 "Dip his foot in oil." Oriental idiom—pure and simple. Means: He will be very, very
prosperous, will have an overabundance of things in this world, material things. Figure of speech: is
different from what it seems to be but always agrees to the facts. Knows the culture to explain. All that
the Father has created in the universe are mine, you're Christ's and Christ is God's. The Lord is my
shepherd, I shall not want. He becomes our health, our refuge, strength, prosperity, healing, succour, joy,
peace, contentment—all in all—we are complete in him. (Jesus Christ) He has brought all things for us
and we dwell between His shoulders, in his strength, his power, his might and glory.