Deuteronomy 21-23: Hanging On A Tree

This morning’s meditation is Deuteronomy 21:22-23, which says:

[22] “And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, [23] his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance.

Anyone familiar with the New Testament should be immediately drawn to Galatians 3:13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” – Which brilliantly captures in one verse the reality to which Deuteronomy 21:22-23 points. Jesus is the One who became a curse for us by hanging on a tree. He took our punishment, we get His righteousness. We committed the crime punishable by death, but He hung for us, became cursed and defiled, so that we might live. This is the great exchange that takes place when we trust in Him for our salvation, for He is the only One who saves.

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