Deuteronomy 18:9-14 Do NOT Follow

What are we willing to lay our children on the altar for?

Moses tells the children of Israel the things that the nations they are displacing have done to anger God. Their practices are NOT to EVER be found in Israel.

The first “abominable practices” that Moses lists makes my skin crawl and breaks my heart. How could ANYONE believe that burning their child in the fire would bring them ANYTHING but condemnation! But there were people who sacrificed their children to their gods in the fire to gain “favor.” Read more »

Deuteronomy 18:1-8 Levites Rites

In the country Levites supported themselves like any other Israelite.

God had singled out the Levites as His servants. They would have no inheritance in the land but they would be provided for by Him.

We have seen previously that the Levites were to have no physical property of their own. God instructed that 48 cities be set aside for them though and fields around each of those cities were for their use. We have also learned that the tithe the third year and sixth year were set aside for them and those who were without means of their own. Read more »

Deuteronomy 17:14-20 Kings

God knew what was coming. He also knew they were going to fall WAY short of the mark He set.

God KNEW Israel would one day want a king like the rest of the nations around them. He set down requirements for their kings beforehand.

When I first came to this passage I was reminded of the stories I learned of Israel asking for a king. They were told that God was to be their King and that they were supposed to live with the judges system He instituted instead. I also learned that He tried to discourage them by telling them all the negative things involved with having a king. The people persisted and insisted so God relented. Read more »

Deuteronomy 17:8-13 Final Answer

The high priest was to convey God’s final answer to those seeking.

Moses shares God’s plans for rendering final decisions. There is no appeal after it reaches this point and no compromise after the verdict has been rendered.

Moses had served the people in this capacity since his father in law Jethro had instructed him, through God’s wisdom, to make levels of authority. Moses had set leaders over the people to judge the issues brought to them that were between two opposing people. Anything that was too difficult for them to judge or was between God and a person was brought to him. He then consulted God and rendered judgment according to God’s will. Read more »

Deuteronomy 16:21-17:7 HIS Way

This also applies to following other gods. It has DEADLY consequences!

God had set forth how He was to be worshiped. It was distinctly different than how other gods were worshiped and He would not accept a substitute or imitation. He would also not be supplanted.

The people were going into a territory that had been entrenched in pagan worship. They had encountered it on their present side of the Jordan too. In all their exposure God had held up His standard for them to follow. At Peor when they didn’t they paid a steep price for it. God would NOT share His people with another god nor would He allow them to worship Him like the pagans did. Read more »