Do not let a child born due to an illegal relationship marry into the Covenant people

The Literal Commandment

You shall not detest an Edomite, for he is your brother; you shall not detest an Egyptian, because you were an alien in his land. The sons of the third generation who are born to them may enter the assembly of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 23:7-8)

 

The literal commandment is that we should not detest an Edomite or prevent their third generation children from entering the assembly of the LORD. The implication is that we should prevent the first and second generation children from these unapproved marriages from entering the assembly.

 

Messiah Says

Messiah implicitly affirmed this commandment when He spoke about the Law:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

 

Pictures of Messiah

Although Ammon and Moab (those whose hearts were hardened against G-d's chosen people) are forbidden from entering into the assembly of the LORD, G-d shows grace to Edomites and Egyptians but allows "the sons of the third generation who are born to them" to enter into the assembly (Deuteronomy 23:8).

In a similar fashion, those who are enemies of G-d (all of us before we come to faith! Romans 5:10) cannot enter into the assembly but G-d shows grace to those whom He chooses.

 

How Messiah Fulfilled

Messiah never fulfilled this commandment in either its literal or traditional sense.

 

Traditional Observance

The traditional observance of this commandment is that Jews are not allowed to marry the children from marriages that G-d disapproves. The tradition extends to all children who are illegitimate (in Hebrew called mamzers).

 

Other Notes

We are able to fulfill this commandment today and we should not allow children of illegitimate birth to enter into the assembly of the LORD (through marriage or otherwise).

 

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Commandment Details

  • Mishneh Torah # 166
  • Mishneh Torah Book # 5
  • Mishneh Torah Book Holiness
  • Mishneh Torah Category 25- Forbidden Sexual Relations
  • Reference Deuteronomy 23:3
  • Scripture Book Deuteronomy
  • Chapter 23
  • Verse 3
  • English No Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the LORD; none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall ever enter the assembly of the LORD,
  • Hebrew ד לֹא-יָבֹא עַמּוֹנִי וּמוֹאָבִי, בִּקְהַל יְהוָה: גַּם דּוֹר עֲשִׂירִי, לֹא-יָבֹא לָהֶם בִּקְהַל יְהוָה עַד-עוֹלָם.
  • Greek (23:4) οὐκ εἰσελεύσεται Αμμανίτης καὶ Μωαβίτης εἰς ἐκκλησίαν κυρίου· καὶ ἕως δεκάτης γενεᾶς οὐκ εἰσελεύσεται εἰς ἐκκλησίαν κυρίου καὶ ἕως εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα
  • Parashah 49- Ki Tetze
  • Positive/Negative Negative
  • Sefer Hachinuch # 560
  • Sef. Hach. Command That a bastard from an adulterous or incestuous union should not marry any Jewish woman
  • Category Marriage and Family
  • We can fullfill today Yes

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