March 15

Deuteronomy 26-27


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


Deuteronomy 19:1-26:29  Laws Concerning Human Relationships, cont’d.


Deuteronomy 26:1-19-The offering of First Fruits


It served to remind them of God's faithfulness to them in the past and of their commitment to Him to obey His commandments.  The people were God's "treasured possession" (:18)...and a "consecrated people" (:19).  “My father was a wandering Aramean” is a reference to Jacob (he lived for a long time in Aram, which is Mesopotamia, cf. Gen. 28:5)…and most of his family was from Paddan-aram.


The Life We Choose to Lead                  Deuteronomy 27-30          


Deuteronomy 27                 The Covenant Ratified


Deuteronomy 27:1-26-This chapter contains instructions for a ceremony of ratification of the Covenant that the people are to hold once they enter into the Promised Land.  Its intent is to serve as both a verbal and visual reminder and confirmation of their relationship with God.

Deuteronomy 27:1-10-The instructions for the written portion of the ratification of the Covenant.  They were to write the commandments on stones covered in lime.  They are also to build an altar of uncut stones.

Deuteronomy 27:11-26-The instructions for the verbal portion of the ratification of the Covenant.  Half the people stand on Mt. Ebal and half are to stand on Mt. Gerizim.  The Levites stand in the valley between them.  The Levites will pronounce a curse or a blessing...and then the people respond by saying, "Amen."

Deuteronomy 27:14-26-These are the curses for disobeying God and the actions associated with them.


Prayer: Father, please help me to always be mindful of my relationship with You.  Help me to live life, to make decisions, to relate to people, to value possessions…all in reference to You.


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