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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Deuteronomy

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CONTEXT

Part 3: Ch.12-20 Moses reminds them of Stipulations for a Holy Nation

Ch.12 – The One Place of Worship

Ch.13 – Beware Deception

Ch.14 – Food & Tithing

Ch.15 – Year Seven Changes & Firstborn Animal Offerings

Ch. 16 – Festivals, Justice & Worship

Ch. 17 – Worship, Justice & any Future King

Ch. 18 – Maintain Right Spiritual Practices   

Ch. 19 – Rules for Cities of Refuge

Ch. 20 – Rules for Going to War

 

FRAMEWORKS: Deuteronomy 12: The One Place of Worship

 

v.1 Maintain these Laws

v.2-4 Destroy the Places of False Worship

v.5-7 There will only be one place to worship the Lord

v.8-14 Change to only one place of worship in the Land

v.15,16 Eating Meat at Home (1)

v.17-25 Eating at the Chosen Place

v.20-25 Eating Meat at Home (2)

v.26-27 Maintain Right Offerings

v.28-32 Maintain Purity of Worship & be Blessed

 

 

v.1 Maintain these Laws

 

v.1 These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the Lord , the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land.

 

[Notes: Again, a reminder, these are laws for life in the Land.]

 

 

v.2-4 Destroy the Places of False Worship

 

v.2 Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains, on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods.

v.3 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.

v.4 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way.

 

[Notes: Again a reminder that, because they are a holy nation they are not to fall prey to the false worship in the Land but are to utterly destroy all signs of that worship.]

 

 

v.5-7 There will only be one place to worship the Lord

 

v.5 But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go;

v.6 there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.

v.7 There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.

 

[Notes: Instead of having many places of worship, like the existing inhabitants have, you must set up the Tabernacle as your one central place of worship at a place the Lord will show you.]

 

 

v.8-14 Change to only one place of worship in the Land

 

v.8 You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit,

v.9 since you have not yet reached the resting place and the inheritance the Lord your God is giving you.

v.10 But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.

v.11 Then to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name—there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the Lord .

v.12 And there rejoice before the Lord your God—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns who have no allotment or inheritance of their own.

v.13 Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please.

v.14 Offer them only at the place the Lord will choose in one of your tribes, and there observe everything I command you.

 

[Notes: Worship is not every person doing their own things, but worship is to be in compliance with the laws already given, with offerings and sacrifices being carried out only at the Tabernacle, only at the place of the Lord's choosing.]

 

 

v.15,16 Eating Meat at Home (1)

 

v.15 Nevertheless, you may slaughter your animals in any of your towns and eat as much of the meat as you want, as if it were gazelle or deer, according to the blessing the Lord your God gives you. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it.

v.16 But you must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.

 

[Notes: This isn't to stop you slaughtering your own animals for your own use (eating) but make sure you drain the blood out of it first.]

 

 

v.17-25 Eating at the Chosen Place

 

v.17 You must not eat in your own towns the tithe of your grain and new wine and olive oil, or the firstborn of your herds and flocks, or whatever you have vowed to give, or your freewill offerings or special gifts.

v.18 Instead, you are to eat them in the presence of the Lord your God at the place the Lord your God will choose—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns—and you are to rejoice before the Lord your God in everything you put your hand to.

v.19 Be careful not to neglect the Levites as long as you live in your land.

 

[Notes: Similarly when you separate off food, animals etc. as a tithe for the Lord you should not use them at home but only at the Tabernacle, giving proper thanks to God as you do it.]

 

 

v.20-25 Eating Meat at Home (2)

 

v.20 When the Lord your God has enlarged your territory as he promised you, and you crave meat and say, “I would like some meat,” then you may eat as much of it as you want.

v.21 If the place where the Lord your God chooses to put his Name is too far away from you, you may slaughter animals from the herds and flocks the Lord has given you, as I have commanded you, and in your own towns you may eat as much of them as you want.

v.22 Eat them as you would gazelle or deer. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat.

v.23 But be sure you do not eat the blood, because the blood is the life, and you must not eat the life with the meat.

v.24 You must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.

v.25 Do not eat it, so that it may go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

 

[Notes: As already noted, you may eat your own meat at home but if you give meat for offerings but you live too far away from the Tabernacle, then you may eat that at home – without the blood of course!]

 

 

v.26-27 Maintain Right Offerings

 

v.26 But take your consecrated things and whatever you have vowed to give, and go to the place the Lord will choose.

v.27 Present your burnt offerings on the altar of the Lord your God, both the meat and the blood. The blood of your sacrifices must be poured beside the altar of the Lord your God, but you may eat the meat.

 

[Notes: If you are sure you want to offer burnt offerings then you will have to go wherever the Tabernacle is.]

 

 

v.28-32 Maintain Purity of Worship & be Blessed

 

v.28 Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God.

v.29 The Lord your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land,

v.30 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.”

v.31 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.

v.32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.

     

[Notes: Ensure you follow all the rules for proper worship because if they deteriorate into anything less you will bring about your own destruction. God is holy and worship must be holy.]

   

     

CONTINUE TO CHAPTER 13