8 When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.
9 Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.
10 Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.
11 Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together.
God gave the Israelites practical laws to help them establish good habits for every day living. In verse 8, a railing was a wise safety precaution. In verse 9, planting two different crops side by side would cause the taller and stronger crop to block the sunlight and take most of the vital nutrients. In verse 10, animals of equal strength need to be used to pull a plow so that the plow would be pulled evenly. Finally, in verse 11, if two different kinds a thread are used to make a garment, they do not wear the same, and the garment will wear out more quickly. Today, we can learn from God’s Laws, as well. Do not think of God’s Laws as restrictions. Look for the reasons behind them. God made them to teach, protect, and help us.