Text: Deuteronomy 19:1-21 The cities of refuge (Levite cities) were introduced to us in the book of Numbers, chapter 35. You should read those details. There were six (6) of these cities, three (3) on the west side of the Jordan river and three (3) on the east side. If a person killed someone accidentally,[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 18:1-22 Again, Yahweh, through Moses, warns His people not to do the horrible things done by those who do not belong to Yahweh. The reason why Yahweh is driving out the people of the land is because of their great sins, and Israel should not commit those sins, or Yahweh will destroy them[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 17:1-20 It is true that an animal with a defect is still very valuable to a family – it can still work hard, can still be used for trade, and can still provide food. Why can’t it be used for a sacrifice? The reason is because of what is being symbolised. Humans are[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 16:1-46 (cf. Exod.11-12) This feast commemorates when the Israelites were brought out of slavery, when Yahweh moved through Egypt and put to death the firstborn sons of the Egyptians, but not of His people. The families of Israel were instructed to sacrifice a lamb and to put the blood on the door frames[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 15:1-23 The Sabbatical year is the 7 th year of a seven-year cycle. Every 7 th year debts were to be cancelled. This command contributes to the alleviation of poverty (v.4), “…there shall be no poor among you…” (ESV). Loaning money to fellow Israelites was not to be for the purpose of getting[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 14:1-29   The principle of tithing means that ten percent (10%) of a person’s earning are given to the Lord through His church. The people of Israel had some special instructions about that because of the uniqueness of their society (vv. 22-27). But the purpose of the law was the same. Whatever you[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 13:1-18   One of the ways God tested His people was by sending false prophets who would see dreams and do miraculous signs and wonders that would come true (vv.1-5). If the truth of Scripture was not being taught, it didn’t matter if dreams came true – don’t listen. In fact the false[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 12:1-32   Before the people of Israel entered the land, Moses warned them about the things of false worship. The people of the land would be destroyed, but so must their religious things, like the altars for worshipping false gods (vv. 1-5). If the enemies and their worship things remained, the Israelites would[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 11:1-32 In the Promised Land where Yahweh was taking His people, there were many false religions. The worship practices of those religions may have seemed logical and perhaps included certain pleasures. Yahweh was warning the people that they should not go after those other gods. Doing so would bring Yahweh’s curses upon them[…]

Text. Deuteronomy 10:1-22 The passage we read today gives us instructions on how to love and worship God properly – it is to be done from the heart (vv. 12 – 16). Outward acts of love, obedience, and worship and not acceptable to God (you wouldn’t accept it either). Jesus quoted Isaiah when He spoke[…]