Text: Deuteronomy 25:1-19 As with many passages in the Scriptures before Christ, the one for today seems very cruel (vv.17-19). But we must remember that the geographical nation Israel of long ago (not today) used to be a picture of the eternal Kingdom of God. There will not be enemies in His Kingdom. But we[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 24:1-22 If you will take a quick look at the entire chapter 24, you will notice that there is quite a variety of laws (vv.5-9). In fact, these laws are not even about religious things, like worship, priests, etc. The laws found in this chapter are about many different parts of life generally,[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 23:1-25 In this passage one might be disturbed that God did not allow certain persons to be a part of His nation (vv.1-3). As you read the Scriptures before Christ, you should have in mind that it was a small picture of the eternal Kingdom of Christ. God is perfectly pure, and no[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 22:1-30 We live in an era of sexual “freedom” where the world says people are free to engage in any sexual fantasy their minds conjure up. For many people our passage today will seem very harsh and unrealistic (vv.22-24). That’s because sex is not rightly understood. When God created man, he took one[…]

Text: Deuteronomy 21:1-23 Often a child is rebellious because the parents do not exercise proper discipline. But sometimes a child’s nature is stubborn and rebellious beyond anything a parent can correct. In those cases, the entire community is called to act. In our passage for today, the age of the son is not stated, but[…]

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[…]