February 26th

Deuteronomy 13-14

  • 13:1-3 – We often wonder if God puts us through tests. Though our theology would lean towards “no”, this is an example of the Israelites’ faith being tested through false prophets.
  • 13:6-11 – The Israelites were instructed to go to any length to not be led away from God. We could probably cut certain things out of our lives in order to avoid being tempted by other gods.
  • Instead of seeing the laws in Leviticus and Deuteronomy as outdated or irrelevant, we should try to think about how ancient laws might be applicable to us in our modern lives.
  • 14:3-21—The dietary laws have less to do with any sort of inherent flaws or inferiority in the foods that are forbidden, and more to do with making sure that the Israelites behave differently from the people around them. Reading through the list of unclean animals (and unclean cooking methods and unclean combinations of food), we get the impression that the surrounding peoples were indiscriminant in which foods they ate- they seem to be literally eating anything they can get. God’s people are commanded to be more restrained.
  • 14:28-29 – Their tithe was used to take care of those who could not take care of themselves.

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