18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
Judgment is not to be made by any person alone but by duly constituted authorities.
The following is in main a reference to Christ and how he became a curse for us, bearing our sins and being taken down before the sun had set. This also prevents the common abomination [if that time and the Middle Ages] of hanging people for days and weeks as an example to wrong doers.
22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: 23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
Malm pretends he is a Jew keeping the law as interpreted through the "new covenant." On that he is a liar.
Even the Jews do not believe the above regulations to be valid or ever to have been enforced or carried out:
The rebellious son first appears in Shemot and then again in the last book of the torah, Deuteronomy. In both texts he is stoned.
One who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death…One who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. (Exodus 21:15-17).“If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, that will not hearken to the voice of his father or the voice of his mother and though they chasten him, will not hearken unto them, then shall his father and his mother lay hold of him and bring him out unto the elders of his city… They shall say unto the elders of his city: This son is stubborn and rebellious, he doth not hearken to our voice, he is a glutton and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones that he die; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee; and all Israel shall hear, and fear” (Deut. 21:18–21).His stoning is remarkable because the crimes of which he is convicted are not otherwise capital offenses. Assault and even manslaughter are punished with compensatory damages and exile to safe cities respectively. Exodus 21: 12-19. The general rule changes if the victim or the accuser are either the father in Shemot or both the mother and the father in Deuteronomy.
Long before modernity, Jewish tradition rejected this practice and even the spirit of this practice. Over several pages, the Talmud severely limits the application of this law – it could only apply in the small window between Bar Mitvah (onset of legal liability) and physical maturation (growth of body hair), a window that is estimated in the Talmud to be about three month, and there are further limitations on top of that. For example, if the rebellious son flees from his trial and then becomes an “adult” he is no longer liable. There are no records of this punishment actually occurring. Parents are prohibited from hitting their adult children.
The offensive law and ethos that give rise to it is effectively erased. Its presence in the torah exists as testimony to what is possible in the sands of time and the light of day. In the Jewish future, I imagine men and women will sit down to write Dvar Torah’s on how our generation effectively erased the prohibition on same-sex relationships and overarching gender inequality from the text. They will look at those prohibitions as we look upon the stoning of the rebellious son – as a testimony to Judaism’s capacity to remain, after thousands of years, a religion in the process of becoming. Gather the Jews