Read thru Old Testament Devotional – March 11, 2017

March 11


Deuteronomy 14-16


The Laws that Govern the Future        Deuteronomy 4:44-26:19, cont’d.


Deuteronomy 14:1-21      Laws Concerning Food


Deuteronomy 14:1


These signs of mourning for the dead, which were practiced by the Canaanites as an acknowledgment of the divinity of the dead person, we’re strictly forbidden to God’s people (cf. Lev. 19:27-28; Jer. 16:6).

Ryrie Study Bible, Deuteronomy 14:1 footnote, p. 293


Deuteronomy 14:2-The following laws are based on Israel’s relationship to God. He is their LORD, their one and only God.


Deuteronomy 14:3-21-These are dietary Laws concerning food and what animals may be eaten.


Deuteronomy 14:4-6,9,11,20-The animals they were allowed to eat.

Deuteronomy 14:7-8,10,12-19,21-The animals they were not allowed to eat.

Deuteronomy 14:21-They were not allowed to boil a young animal in its mother’s milk when cooking.


For insight into this prohibition see:


Deuteronomy 14:22-29     Laws Concerning Tithes


Deuteronomy 14:22-29-Laws concerning tithing.


14:22-27 This command was considered by Jewish interpreters to be for a second tithe (see Lev. 27:30 and Num. 18:21 for the first; also see the note on Mal. 3:8), which was brought to the central sanctuary either in kind or in money. Apparently the offerer could use a part of this tithe for a feast a the sanctuary (vv. 26-27).

Ryrie Study Bible, Deuteronomy 14:22-27 footnote, p. 294


Deuteronomy 15:1-23      Laws Concerning the Sabbatical Year


Deuteronomy 15:1-18-Laws concerning the Sabbatical Year (every 7th year).


For an explanation of the Sabbatical Year and Jubilee see:


Deuteronomy 15:1-6-At the end of every seven years there was to be an unconditional grant of remission of debts to every Israelite.

Deuteronomy 15:7-11-How to respond to the poor.

Deuteronomy 15:12-18-How to respond to those who become servants/slaves to you.


Deuteronomy 15:19-23-Laws concerning the first-born of the flocks.


Deuteronomy 16:1-17      Laws Concerning Festivals


Deuteronomy 16:1-17-Laws concerning festivals...3 times a year all males shall appear before the LORD (:16)…at Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and at the Feast of Booths.


Deuteronomy 16:1-8-Laws concerning Passover (Feast of Unleavened Bread).

Deuteronomy 16:19-12-Laws concerning the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost).

Deuteronomy 16:13-15-Laws concerning the Feast of Booths.


Deuteronomy 16:18-18:22 Laws Concerning Leaders


Deuteronomy 16:18-17:13-Laws concerning Judges.


Deuteronomy 16:18-20-Qualitifications for Judges


Prayer: Lord, thank You for all that You have done for me. Your provision is beyond compare and Your blessings surpass all description.  Please help me to be generous in my offerings to You.  Let them be a true expression of my thanksgiving.  And help me to be gracious in living my entire life…not just the portion that I give to the church…in a manner that expresses my love for You.

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