While tooling around on face book one evening, I noticed a scripture that my cousin shared.
Here is her post: Proverbs 31:6-7 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. Interesting bit of scripture.
There were several comments in the thread. One of the comments by one of the women was a post of 75 scriptures regarding the use of alcohol substance or the warnings regarding the substance. I am very thankful for this list as it has given me the thought to study each one. Here is what I found regarding number 5.
5) Deuteronomy 21:20 – “And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’
A drunken son was stubborn and rebellious. Once I read the passage, I quickly figured out that this scripture was in the midst of the statute and judgment of a rebellious son and what to do about it while living in a community. Interestingly enough, the State of Massachusetts passed a law in 1648 that allowed a parent to put to death a stubborn or rebellious son. The law has been repealed by the legislature.
Evidently, whenever anyone was to carry out a stoning in the ancient times of the children of Israel, it is understood that the reason for doing so was that one had trespassed the law. The passage regarding the rebellious son does not say if his parents are unable to bring a sons drinking under control and not of what he has actually done, but because of what he might be foreseen to be inclined to do were he allowed to live. His conducts must have shown that eventually he would have become humankind that is more wayward and perhaps commit another trespass (perhaps far worse) upon the law. I am not debating here that one is worse than another is, only touching on the fact that one trespass, more often than not leads to another.
Here is the passage regarding the statute and judgment of a rebellious son. Deuteronomy 21:18-21 ¶ “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not heed them, “then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city. “And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ “Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear.
If memory serves me right, in the whole of the scriptures, I only remember reading of an attempt to stone Jesus. An attempt to stone the woman (and not the man) that was caught in the throws of adultery when Jesus stepped in and saved her by writing something in the dirt. It is my opinion and mine alone that Jesus knelt down and wrote in the sand, the guidelines regarding the statute and judgments that pertained to the treatment of a captive woman.
Moses cried out to God because the people were ready at one point to stone him. Moses and Aaron both once were about to be stoned, but the LORD was provoked and the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel and He put a stop to it when He said He would smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of Moses a greater nation and mightier than they. Saul of Tarsus once after having been called by the Lord to preach the gospel of repentance and remission of sin to the Gentiles, found himself being stoned but not to death.
Achan was stoned to death when he was found to have kept some of the plunder when the Cananite city of Jericho was conquered. The son of an Israelite woman and an Egyptian man, for cursing God Stephen was stoned to death while Saul of Tarsus stood by and watched. King Rehoboam‘s tax man, Adoniram, and Naboth mentioned in the Kings. A man was stoned for gathering wood on the Sabbath.
Since the father and the mother were required to lay hands on their son and bring him before the elders of the camp in sight of all at the gate of each city, it appears that both the father and the mother must have had to be in complete agreeance that their child was out of parental control. Any sentence had to be passed and published far and wide so that everyone must have known that they were to meet at the gate of the city to carry out a stoning. Kind of like having court at the entrance to the city.
Funny, I was actually spent many stints in Juvenile detention and each charge against me was that I was ‘Out of Parental Control. Thank God, my parents did not live back in the day. I might not be around to study and learn this.
I totally understand God’s reasoning here. Look at wayward kids nowadays and I myself included. I do not think it was that God really wanted people stoned to death. I do believe that having the law in place and the possibility that one might abuse the statute, might prevent one from trespassing His law, knowing that the judgment was the penalty of death by stoning. Thank God He sent Jesus to save us from the law of sin and death. Were it not for Him, we would still be stoning folk for their trespass against His law.
Studying this verse was indeed an interesting find, but nothing really to do with wine or strong drink. Yet we can apply to it the possibility of what can occur should a man get drunk and out of control, that he might do far worse damage to himself or possibly other people. We see this every day do we not?
One of the girls in my cousins thread pointed out an astounding statistic.
Alcohol abuse kills some 75,000 Americans each year and shortens the lives of these people by an average of 30 years, a U.S. government study suggested on January 1st 2012.
How many crosses must we bare along our highways and byways before we learn this lesson? While not all, the crosses are related to drinking and driving, far to many are. One death is one to many.
- St. Stephen, December 26th (treasuryofdailyprayer.wordpress.com)
- His Word Will not Return Void – Direct Teaching on Preservation (mindrenewers.com)
- The Mainstay of the Torah, the ‘Teachings’ of God (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
- To drink or not to drink that is the question. How much is too much. (pastormikesays.wordpress.com)
- Victory by God’s Grace (butterflyinthespring.com)
- This Week’s Torah Portion – Ki Tetze (When You Go Out) (terri0729.wordpress.com)