Thursday, January 18, 2018

Deuteronomy 27

God commanded the Israelites that as soon as they arrive in Canaan, they must set up a large stone monument on which they must write the words of the law of Moses. They must set up the altar at Mount Ebal, made of unhewn stones. The six tribes appointed for blessings in Mount Gerizim, while other six for cursing, reminding them of the two faces of the covenant, blessing for obedience but cursing for disobedience. And to each of the curses, the people were to say, Amen. Curse to anyone who makes carved images, dishonors parents, moves a neighbor's boundary marker, leads a blind persons astray, denies justice to all, commits sexual crimes, attacks neighbor in secret, kills innocent person, and does not obey all of this law. We know that no one can fully obey God's command, that's why Christ came to redeem both Jews and Gentiles from the curses of the law. God bless.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Deuteronomy 26

The person who offered his offerings must remember his humble beginning. Jacob here is called a Syrian, and the nation of Israel in its infancy sojourned in Egypt as strangers, and they served there as slaves, poor and despised. Though later become rich and great, they had no reason to be proud and forgetful of God. Israel and God's people must thankfully acknowledge God's goodness to them, such as the comfort and the wealth they have for their own enjoyments. As a token of gratitude, they must offer their basket of first-fruits unto the Lord, including tithes, and always remembering that God is the only Source of everything that they have. Moses enforces here the precepts of God's law, and therefore should be done faithfully. Since they are God's special people, they should walk in God's path, live a holy life, and be zealous in all they ways. God bless.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Deuteronomy 25

Stoning was the punishment for the criminals and offenders, and should be executed with solemnity, that those who see it may be filled with dread and be warned not to offend like manner. When Jesus said, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first,” should be understood in the context that God required total obedience of His words. No man can judge others except God, because no one is able to obey Him perfectly. But we must learn, not only to be just, but kind to all who are employed for the good of our homes, families, communities, and even our own souls. God is clear that  dishonest gain bring a curse on men's property and his family. So when we judge a person, let us judge first ourselves, repent and forsake sins, that God may not condemn us. God bless.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Deuteronomy 24

It is of great importance that love kept up between husband and wife, that they carefully avoid everything which might make them strange one to another. When Jesus is the center, divine grace will sanctify the home, even in time of trials and difficulties. So, it is noteworthy to consider various laws like lending because the Lord abhors the kidnappers that mistreat or sell children to others. It a capital crime which could not be settled, as other thefts, by restitution. The Lord also hates those masters that oppressed their hired servants and strangers that are poor and needy. God reminded the Israelites that they were once slaves in Egypt. Thus all who feel the consciences under guilt must not cover it, but by repentance and prayer, take the way to peace and pardon. God bless.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Deuteronomy 23

The following are the not allowed to enter the assembly of God; a man whose private parts are crushed or cut off, illegitimate person by birth down to the tenth generations, and the Ammonites and Moabites because they hired Balaam to curse them when they went out from Egypt. In Christianity, we  ought to value the privileges that we have in Christ, because no personal blemishes, no crimes of forefathers, no difference of race can shut us out of the presence of God. Jesus is able to cleanse us from our past to make us worthy and holy before God. Only that God requires us to be obedient to His words, clean in all our ways, honorable in the manner of speech,  dignified in our conduct, and reliable in our vows and promises. If God forgets our past sins by forgiving them, we should follow the same attitude because this is essence of being a follower of Christ Jesus. God bless.

Deuteronomy 22

God wants His people to help those who are in need, do good to others, and apply the second great commandments; to love your brother and sister as yourself. God’s law extends to the smallest affairs, that in all things we may have the fear of the Lord. If we would prove ourselves to His will and to His glory, we must respect other people and ignore all motives that will glorify ourselves. Be separate from worldly and carnal people, even in putting on our garments, as in eating or in drinking, thus, all must be done with a serious regard to preserve our own purity in heart and actions. God knows the desire of our hearts, so be conscious always with our convictions and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. God bless.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Deuteronomy 21

If murderer could not be found out, holy activity is provided to put away the guilt from the land, as an expression to despite that sin. God's providence brought to light those hidden works of darkness, and the sin of the guilty person has found them out. It is the job of the priests to pray for the country and people, that God would be merciful to all. The Israelites should be taught by this holy activity, to use the utmost care and diligence to prevent disorder, and to punish murderers. Also, captive women should be treated with care and respect, even though they were non-Israelites. God treated all men fairly. Then, the firstborn has the right to receive double portion of inheritance, but the rebellious and disrespectful children should be punished according to the law of Moses. Anyone who is guilty of capital offense is to hang on a tree, that person is accursed of God. In the gospel, Christ was hanged on a tree to redeem us from our sin and guilt. God bless.