Deuteronomy 22:13-end–The laws about sexual conduct was the focus in this later part of this chapter. Our God demands sexual purity among His people and do not want a woman, after being humbled, be sent away without taking the woman to be his wife. A man must not lay with a woman without her consent, that is to say, must not rape her. When he does, he must pay her father a specified amount of money and then marry her. The last verse says “A man shall not take his father’s wife, nor discover his father’s skirt”
Sexual impurity is not taken lightly in Israel. We will get to this later on but we can give a quick example of the only daughter of Jacob (Dinah) who was raped in Shechem, and her brothers (Simeon and Levi) took vengeance on the people of the land by killing all the males in that land. This happened on their way from their uncle’s (Laban) place before they settled in their land. Another situation happened among the children of David when one of his daughters (Tamar) was raped by her half brother. Though David did not do anything about it, but Absalom (being her brother) took revenge on his half brother by killing him.
The law that God gave to his children is to enable them to live a righteous life. So many problems we face today is because we are not obeying the law of God which is why even Christians have a high rate of divorce among them because of unfaithfulness in marriages. It has caused a lot of untimely deaths among couples because of this. A man went to his wife’s workplace and killed her and killed himself. So many of these deaths could have been prevented if couples are .faithful to each other. Reuben the first son of Jacob laid with one of his father’s wives, and he suffered for it all the days of his life. His inheritance was later transferred to Joseph
.Brothers and sisters, all that God commanded us to observe is for our own good. The consequences of sin is always too traumatic and the Bible says the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ. My prayer is that we will all live to please God, and run away from sexual impurity like Joseph did, as this is the only way to dwell in peace here on earth and also reign with Him at the end. Be blessed.