Deuteronomy 13

Deuteronomy 13 has Moses warning the people to watch out for the influences in their lives.  He talks of prophets or dreamers of dreams who may come and be able to do signs and miracles that amaze the people.  But there is one litmus test that must always be applied to see if they are of God or not – whether or not they attempt to lead you from the One True God to other gods.  If that is the case, we are told “you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams”.  It doesn’t matter their power or ability to perform, what matters is who they serve.

What God expects of us is clear.  “You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him”.  It’s pretty simple.  God alone is to be our way.  We are to walk with Him and follow in His ways.  He’s given us that roadmap in Scripture.  We need to be focused on knowing and living that way.  It is His requirement.  Sometimes we forget just how much God expects this.  We think we have free run of life to do what we want.  But God expects obedience.

And the direction regarding those who are trying to pull us away are pretty strong.  “You shall purge the evil from your midst”.  God doesn’t say to stay away from it or put it off to the side.  We are to get rid of things that cause us to walk anywhere but with God.  We have to pay attention as we’re told “you shall not yield” to people who lead us away from God.  In Moses time, the penalty for leading the people from God was to deal directly with them in a direct and life ending way.  God does not tolerate those who are evil.

In fact, scripture goes on here to let the people know that if a city falls into being filled with evil, “it shall be a heap forever. It shall not be built again”.  God commanded total demolition and the removal of that city form the face of the earth.  Does God hate evil?  It’s pretty clear He does.  He loves people but has little tolerance for those who choose evil over following His ways.  We need to know His Word and understand His ways so we can walk with Him as He commands.

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