Notes: May 11, 2008 – Deuteronomy 16 & 17

Three Feasts (16:1-17)

  • Passover (1-8)
  • Weeks (9-12)
  • Tabernacles (13-15)
  • Annual obligations to worship (16-17)

Judicial corruption forbidden (18-20)

Polluted worship (16:21-17:7)

  • pagan idols not to be near the worship of Jehovah (21-22)
  • blemished sacrifices are an abomination to the Lord (17:1)
  • men and women are responsible to obey God (2, 5)
  • paganism and astrology have a lot in common–God detests them both (3-5)
  • capital punishment was society’s obligation (6-7)

Judges (17:8-13)

  • would not be necessary if men could live in peace with one another (8)
  • the sentence of the judge is to be accepted as the final word on the matter (9-11)
  • nobody should presume to know more than God’s appointed priest or judge (12-13)

Kings (17:14-20)

  • only the king of God’s choosing will suffice (14-15)
  • the king shall have no need of, nor interest in, a large standing army (16)
  • the king shall have no need of, nor interest in, a plurality of wives (17a)
  • the king shall have no need of, nor interest in, the acquisition of earthly wealth (17b)
  • the king shall be intimately familiar with the word of God (18-19)
  • the king shall be bound by the same laws as his fellow man (20)

Meditation Points:

  1. At least three times a year, the people of God would unite with other people of God for a large gathering of worshipers.
  2. Contrast these blessed reunions with the man-made rituals that give honor to God’s creation rather than to God.
  3. If the presumptuous man who refused to submit to the earthly priest or judge was killed, what do you think will happen to those who presume to violate the commandments of Christ our high priest and judge?
  4. Read again about God’s will for His king. Do you not see that Christ is the only and complete fulfillment of God’s will for a king?