Archive for December 3rd, 2014

Deuteronomy 17

Deuteronomy 17 has Moses continuing to exhort God’s people about how they are to live.  He begins by reminding them to only bring gifts without defect to God.  Our tithing is not the left overs or that which is not the best.  It should be the first of all we have, and the best of all we have.  That is what God deserves and requires.  Anything less falls short and God is not pleased.  Tithing is a heart issue – it is all about recognizing what we have truly does not belong to us and we need to return the first 10 percent to the Creator

Then Moses explains the reality of those who choose to worship another god.  “If there is found among you….a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, in transgressing his covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them….then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones”.  Pretty self explanatory.  Putting anything ahead of God does not end well.  God is a jealous God and demands that we serve Him and Him alone!

He then reminds us that we are to listen to the priests and heed their decisions.  In this day, the priests also served as judge when there was a dispute that needed a third party to render a decision.  And those decisions were not optional.  “The man who acts presumptuously by not obeying the priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall purge the evil from Israel”.  Do you get the idea that God is all about cleaning out those that aren’t on His page. They either step up and follow His direction, or they were to be removed.  Bad influences were not tolerated.

He ends ty reminding them of the blessing of being an obedient follower who walks in God’s ways.  “And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them….that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel”.  Obedience brings blessing.  God desires to bless us indeed.  We simply need to walk in obedience to Him.

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