Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Deuteronomy Chapter 24
Metaphysically Interpreting Deuteronomy 24:1-4
24:1When a man taketh a wife, and marrieth her, then it shall be, if she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some unseemly thing in her, that he shall write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. 24:2And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife. 24:3And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, who took her to be his wife; 24:4her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before Jehovah: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
Metaphysically Interpreting Deuteronomy 24:5-22
24:7If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and he deal with him as a slave, or sell him; then that thief shall die: so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee.
24:8Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do. 24:9Remember what Jehovah thy God did unto Miriam, by the way as ye came forth out of Egypt.
24:10When thou dost lend thy neighbor any manner of loan, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.24:11Thou shalt stand without, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring forth the pledge without unto thee. 24:12And if he be a poor man, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge; 24:13thou shalt surely restore to him the pledge when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his garment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before Jehovah thy God.
24:14Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy sojourners that are in thy land within thy gates: 24:15in his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto Jehovah, and it be sin unto thee.
24:17Thou shalt not wrest the justice due to the sojourner, or to the fatherless, nor take the widow's raiment to pledge; 24:18but thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and Jehovah thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.
24:19When thou reapest thy harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the sojourner, for the fatherless, and for the widow; that Jehovah thy God may bless thee in all the work of thy hands. 24:20When thou beatest thine olive-tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the sojourner, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
24:21When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it after thee: it shall be for the sojourner, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 24:22And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.
December 15, 1929: Deuteronomy 24:14-15
What should be the attitude of a Truth student on the question of “hired servants”? A Truth student should deny the thought that his helpers are “hired servants”; he should affirm that they are working for God and that their real compensation is God's love.
In verse 15 of our lesson today an appeal is made to the employer for just compensation: “For he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it.” Should a Truth student think of his helpers as poor and needy? No. One who understands Truth should affirm God as the munificent supply and support of all his co-workers. We are all equal in the sight of God, “for in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit.”
Do Truth students want their employees to obey with fear and trembling? Truth students have the cooperation of their employees, in the spirit of obedience to God and Christ. “For one is your master, even the Christ.”
September 22, 1946: Deuteronomy 24:14-15
When we willingly discharge our responsibilities as citizens, what reward accrues to us? The stability and maturity of outlook that helps qualify us for citizenship in the kingdom of God.
How do we insure an inheritance for ourselves in the heavenly kingdom? By unselfish acts of mercy, generosity, hospitality, justice, and compassion: in other words, by social service in its most devoted form.
What form of well-doing blesses the doer? That which is done without thought of reward, from a desire for personal glory. Where the good is loved and served through love, with the unconsciousnesss of self that love makes possible, the doer is blessed in the doing and asks no other reward.
Can the habit of taking thought for others equally with ourselves be developed? We can develop it by thinking of ourselves only as part of the whole body of society and of others as equally important parts of it. What affects one affects all, therefore our thought may embrace all alike.
What is the dividing line between poor judgment and good judgment? It is the line that divides the consciousness of self from the consciousness of the universal life. When we live in the consciousness of universal life, we recognize the right of others to our attention and service.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 02-01-2014