Here we have the record of the laws conditioning life in love and neighborliness. Every man was enjoined to take care of his brother's lost things if he found them; and he was also to help the hurt animals of his brethren in the hour of their distress.
All unseemliness in dress was forbidden. Men were charged to act in kindness even toward the birds. In building their houses they were to think of others who later might have to use them, and protect them against the possibility of accident by erecting a parapet around the roof.
Three commandments were uttered forbidding admixture. The land must not be sown with two seeds. Plowing must not be done with an ass and ox together Garments were not to be made of an admixture of wool and linen.
Continuing, the stringency of the Mosaic economy in the matter of chastity is revealed. It may well be carefully studied even today. It may be summarized by declaring that it demands that at all costs the man must be chaste and the woman pure. Moreover, it is made perfectly clear that in the mind of God the sacredness of betrothal is as great as that of the marriage relationship.
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25