Friday, January 16, 2009

Creative Correction Deuteronomy Style

So many times I find the laws in Deuteronomy amusing. I can't believe I used to think this was a boring book. Not that most of these I'll be able to use for Child training without a little tweaking, but it would never hurt to read this to them and let them think these laws still apply.

Chapter 25-
vs 2- If the guilty man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall make him lie down and have him flogged in his presence...

Modern day Child Training:
So if there is a dispute, the guilty get punished in front of the innocent.

vs 9-10 (if an unmarried man does not want to marry his brother's widow((only if she had no sons with his brother to carry on his name)) )...
She shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, take off one of his sandals, spit in his face...The man's family line shall be known The Family of the Unsandaled.

So if one of the kids will not do the right thing and take care of a sibling, they have to be shamed and go without one shoe....forever. Ok, not forever, but for a day?

vs 11 (and this is my favorite)
If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no mercy!

They weren't fooling around. And it happened often enough that there needed to be a law for it? I have been in a couple of scraps in my less than stellar days and I don't recall trying to go that direction.
So if there is any intentional physical hurt to the private area, since I don't think I would get by with chopping off their hand, after being punished in front of the innocent, then make them wear snow mittens for everything for a couple of days.


Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Those OT laws can come in pretty handy, huh?
Without a shoe? Do you hide the extra shoe? I can see how that might turn into a fun game!
Mittens, huh? That's a good idea. I guess they have to clean up the messes that they make as a result of drinking and eating with mittens? Haha!! This could become quite the punishment for you, too!! ;-)

Mrs Smiley Joe said...

When you mention your less than stellar days, I think of the fire pit night when we played that game and had to guess who it was. Anything on the iffy side, and I would shout, "Suzanne!" You would just look at me with a huge smile! Ya, that always makes me laugh.


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