The Laws that Govern the Future Deuteronomy 4:44-26:19, cont’d.
Deuteronomy 4:44-12:32 Laws Concerning God, cont’d.
Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32 (cont'd)-11 times in Deuteronomy it speaks of the fact that we are to "love" God.
Deuteronomy 11:1-32-God tells them that His promise to them is both a blessing and a curse (:26). It is a blessing if they are obedient. But, if they are not faithful to the promise…then it will be a curse. The choice of the blessing or the curse was visually dramatized by comparing it to the valley between two mountains (in central Palestine)…Mt. Gerizim stood for the blessing, and Mt. Ebal stood for the curse…each rose to about 3,000 ft. (cf. Deuteronomy 27). Each time they saw these two mountains they would be reminded of the responsibility of their choice to follow God, or not…to be blessed by God, or not.
Deuteronomy 12:1-4-Do not practice the religions of the people in the land. Destroy their places of worship.
Deuteronomy 12:5-15,26-28-God will identify the place where the Israelites are to worship Him.
Deuteronomy 12:16-18,23-25-Do not eat blood.
For information on the prohibition to eat blood see:
Deuteronomy 12:19-Do not forsake the Levites.
Deuteronomy 12:20-22-If the place of worship is too far away then you may celebrate where you live.
Deuteronomy 12:29-32-Do not become ensnared by the religious practices of the people who are in the land. Don’t add any of their practices to your religious practices. Don’t add any of their teachings to what God has said.
Deuteronomy 13:1-18 Laws Concerning False Prophets
Deuteronomy 13:1-Laws concerning false prophets. If someone says tat they have had a dream, or they perform a sign or wonder…this is how to determine if it is from God, or not.
Deuteronomy 13:1-5-If a prophet correctly predicts something and then tries to get you to follow another god...do not follow him, even though he predicted correctly. God is testing you to find out if you truly love Him. He is to be put to death for trying to lead them away from God.
Deuteronomy 13:6-18-The punishment for trying to lead people away from God is death. It doesn’t make any difference who they are.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to have the wisdom to know the truth. Sometimes the attacks are not obvious, but much more subtle. Help me to recognize them all. And Lord, please help me to love You more...than all others...no matter who they may be. That I will stand with You regardless of the cost.