I didn’t think I was gonna get this post in today, but found time late to finish the reading and put some thoughts down. Note the brevity. (Hey, Deuteronomy is just a recap of what we’ve already read anyway, right?)
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Remember that the Lord led you for 40 years. Tested you to see what was in your heart. Beware lest your heart say that it was you (your power and might of hand) that got this wealth (blessing)
If you go after other gods, you will perish.
Crossing over the Jordan today! Know that He who goes before you is a consuming fire! You are a stubborn people, but God still did and does all this for you.
And now… what does the Lord God require of you? Fear the Lord. Walk in all His ways. Love Him. Serve him with all your heart and soul. Keep his commandments. Circumcise your heart. Be no longer stubborn. He is your praise. He is your God.
YOU have seen what God has done for you. Remember that blessings come to those who are obedient. Curses come to the disobedient.
Deuteronomy 12 – 13
Worship God in the place that he shows you. The place he commands. Do away with idolatry. If someone rises up and seeks to lead you away from the the Lord and toward other gods, you shall not listen to him and should kill him. Destroy towns that fall away too.
You are holy people. His treasured possession. Here is a section that describes clean and unclean food. Also, you are to bring a tithe to the levites.
Deuteronomy 15 – 16
Remember the sabbatical year where debts are forgiven. Remember to observe the Passover, feast of weeks, feast of booths. Appoint judges to keep justice.
Interesting section here that talks about kings. God knows that they will eventually want a king. God tells them that they need to listen to Him and appoint the ones that He selects.
The Lord will raise up a prophet among you that will be like Moses. (I seem to remember something about this being where Muslims believe that Mohammed was that prophet) Obviously, this prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus.
Remember the cities of refuge and the borders of our possession.
If and when you go to war, do not be afraid because the Lord is with you. This will soon be tested. War will happen soon.
Deuteronomy 21 – 23
A variety of laws discussed… how to handle unsolved murders, if marrying female captives is allowed (which is an odd story,) inheritance for firstborn, how to handle a rebellious son. A hanged man remain on a tree overnight is cursed (Christ redeems this as mentioned in Galatians 3:13)
Chapter 22 has a whole host of laws and how to handle those who break them. Sexual immorality is discussed.
Chapter 23 talks about those who should be excluded from the assembly of israel. Be holy. Be set apart. Be careful with what you vow to do (this will come up many times before the new testament)