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Prayer

Prayer By: Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy Lord, thank You for Your grace and mercy this day; without them [grace, mercy] I and my family, friends and enemies would be asleep with You. Bless all this weekend, and bless us with Your grace and mercythat none will de taken in death to be with You. InJesus name. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

April 11
Curses, the Old Testament, and FreedomDeuteronomy 21:1–22:30; 2 Corinthians 5:11–21; Psalm 38:1–22
“And if a man commits a sin punishable by death, and so he is put to and you hang him on a tree, his dead body shall not hang on the tree, but certainly you shall bury him on that day, for cursed by God is one that is being hung” (Deut 21:22–23).

Being hung on a tree was a sign of being cursed. Romans 5:12 tells us that the punishment of sin is death; we as sinners deserve that curse. If Christ wasn’t cursed for us by being hung on a tree (the cross), then we would still have a debt to pay and a curse to live under.

It can be difficult to find significance in the OT, especially in passages that are as harsh as this one. But the OT still holds meaning for us today, and that meaning often reveals our human and individual state.

The same is true for those odd laws about crimes and marrying foreigners (Deut 21:1–14). It’s not that we’re supposed to practice these laws; they were inten…