Deuteronomy 25:11-12 KJV
When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets:
Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.
I practiced Kenpo Karate for a number of years. It was good exercise and an interesting project. The instructor was a Christian and handled the class accordingly. There was one problem I kept having; many of the defensive and offensive techniques involved either striking or kicking in the groin. Since there were women in the class, this raised in my mind the issue of this passage. The purpose of these techniques seems obvious and sound, especially when employed by a female; they effectively stop a male attacker.
Now, I am a New Testament Bible believing Baptist. I do not subscribe to Old Testament law for NT faith. I do however believe that all the Bible is profitable. Since there is no specific NT passage denouncing this passage it seems to be one that should be given NT consideration.
What would be the purpose for this command? Modesty does not seem to be the issue here as she obviously isn’t being intimate in this circumstance. I believe the issue stems from two directions.
First is the context.
Passages just previous deal with the progeny of Israeli families. This was considered a heinous act because it strikes at not just the man but any possibility of his having future children. She is purposefully judging not just him but the children “in his loins”.
Second is the broader topic of faith.
This technique though effective, is unacceptable because God said it was. What other answer do we need? God says she is not to employee it. That settles the issue.
There are a number of Biblical principles that seem unreasonable and are rejected in modern society.
- Avoiding loans
- Forgiving debts every seven years
Our world would be much better off if these principles would have been kept up. The United States has ignored the principle of the Bible and the laws of our early forefathers concerning borrowing and handling of currency and have now created an economy that will take a miracle to recover from. (Not likely to happen since we haven’t repented of the action.)
Perhaps this is a matter of similar nature. Perhaps what a woman should do is to trust both the Lord and her husband to protect her and leave the consequences of that faith in the hands of God.
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