Don’t plough with gators
A brief intro to some thoughts on 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1
The world is not what we want it to be, but what God has ordained it to be. In 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1 there is the instruction on the church not being yoked with unbelievers. Many immediately interpret this about marriage, but that is not what it is about (Even if there are implications)! The instruction finds its origin in the law being applied to the church’s sanctification.
Deut. 22:9-11 ESV ¶ “You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest the whole yield be forfeited, the crop that you have sown and the yield of the vineyard. You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. You shall not wear cloth of wool and linen mixed together.
“The world is not what we want it to be but what God ordained concerning it. We must work under God, not against Him. The unequal strength of the ox and the donkey means that the combination of the two is harmful to both, and therefore to the owner. It is an amazing fact that to this day Palestinians insist on yoking an ox and a donkey together, despite centuries of experience that it is unwise to do so.”1
Just as the world is not what we want it to be, but what God has ordained it to be—so the Scripture is not what we want it to be, but what God has said. One may appreciate this brief clip by R.C. Sproul.
Ken Ham also is helpful in commenting on a news article, speaking in jest:
“a new research study revealed something very startling—alligators are, well, still alligators! Well, maybe this is only startling if you’re an evolutionist! Apparently they’ve “remained virtually untouched by major evolutionary change for at least 8 million years” despite the sea level fluctuations and major climatological changes evolutionists assume happened in the Florida peninsula during that time.”
Don’t plow with gators! That’s perhaps a contemporary way to put things here. Just as you don’t want to put a donkey in the plow with an ox, you don’t want to put yourself there either. Make sure you are yoking rightly. Much depends on it, as the church goes, so goes its people in their relationships, but more to consider on this. This is just an introduction of thought.
R. J. Rushdoony, Deuteronomy: Commentaries on the Pentateuch Vol. 5