Dave Burnette's Commentary

Deuteronomy Chapter 24

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses 
Date Penned: (1407 BC)
Overview: To Remind and Rededicate Israel to the Lord (c 1-34)
Theme: Principles for Godly Living (c 5-28)
Message: Practical Instructions (v 1-22)

Deuteronomy 24 Commentary

(24:1-4) Instructions on Divorce - Some have thought this passage supports divorce, but that is not the case. It simply recognizes a practice that already existed in Israel. It certainly is not suggesting that a man divorce his wife on a whim. All four verses must be read together to understand the point of the passage; Divorce was a permanent and final act for a couple. Once divorced and remarried to others, they could never be remarried to each other. This restriction was to prevent casual remarriage after a frivolous separation. The intention was to make people think very seriously before divorcing.

(24:5) A Good Start - Newly married couples were to remain together their first year. This was to avoid placing an excessive burden upon a new, unproven relationship and to give it a chance to mature and strengthen before confronting the couple with the challenge of separation. A gardener starts a tiny seedling in a small pot and allows it to take root before planting it in a field. Let your marriage grow strong by protecting it from too many outside pressures and distractions- especially in the beginning. And don't expect or demand so much from newlyweds that they have inadequate time or energy to establish their marriage.

(24:10-22) Helping the Poor - Throughout the Old Testament God tells his people to treat the poor with justice. Today the powerless and poverty-stricken are often looked upon as incompetent or lazy when in fact they may be victims of oppression and hard circumstances. God says we must do all we can to help those who are in need. His justice did not permit the Israelites to insist on profits or quick payment from those who were less fortunate than themselves. Instead, his laws gave the poor every opportunity to better their situations and provided humane options for those who couldn't. None of us is completely isolated from the poor, and many of us face needs at one time or another. God wants us to treat one another fairly and do what we can to help meet one another's needs.

(24:12-13) Seeking Justice - The Israelites were not to take advantage of others when seeking justice for themselves. Whenever we demand our own legal rights, we must be equally concerned about the rights and needs of our opponents. Ironically, if we make it a practice to seek justice for others, we will usually find that we, too, are treated more fairly.

(24:19-21) Gleaning - God's people were instructed to leave some of their harvest in the fields so travelers and the poor could glean it. Gleaning was a way for those in need to provide food for themselves. Years later, Ruth obtained food for herself and Naomi by gleaning behind the harvesters in Boaz's field, picking up the leftovers (Ruth 2:2). Because this law was being obeyed years after it was written, Ruth, a woman in Christ's lineage, was able to find food.



Dave Burnette's Life Application

Biblical Marriage

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Deuteronomy with Chapter 24 and we see principles for marriage and divorce as the new couple was to spend one year together without work or military service to strengthen the Marriage bond. In the betrothal process the home was to be prepared to allow this process to happen. What a wonderful idea to start a Marriage strong. In divorce some might misread the principles of today's text as the Lord agrees with divorce but this was not the will of God but rather the law in the process of the hardened heart of the married couple. These verses show us more of the heart of our Lord when it comes to Marriage, a man and woman making a promise before God. The 2 become one and the relationship which the Lord sees as Holy Matrimony. In making application as I stated on Monday our society is far from the heart of the Lord when it comes to Marriage with 60% ending in divorce. If we would apply Biblical Principles to our marriages our results would get closer to the heart of God with none ending in divorce. How about you? Do you embrace Biblical Principles when it comes to Marriage? Let us study the Scriptures and apply them to Marriage so that we will attain a Biblical Marriage.  


Deuteronomy 24

Deuteronomy 24

 1When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

 2And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.

 3And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;

 4Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

 5When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.

 6No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man's life to pledge.

 7If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

 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.

 9Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam by the way, after that ye were come forth out of Egypt.

 10When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.

 11Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.

 12And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:

 13In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.

 14Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:

 15At 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 the LORD, and it be sin unto thee.

 16The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

 17Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow's raiment to pledge:

 18But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

 19When thou cuttest down thine 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 stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.

 20When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

 21When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

 22And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.


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