Journaling: Deuteronomy 12-15

Speaker: Scott Jarrett | Jul 12, 2020
  1. Included in those “statutes and rules” that we are to “be careful to do” (or “obey”) “all the days that (we) live on the earth” that it may “go well w/(us) and (our) children after (us) forever” (12:1, 28) are: 1) the eradication of any and all traces of false religion/theology from our church/homes/lives (“the land the Lord has given us to possess”) (12:2-3, 28-31; e.g. worship songs w/wrong theology), 2) the establishment of worship (or liturgy) that is exactly according to God’s prescription (12:4-27), 3) the preservation of “everything” God has said w/o addition or subtraction (12:32).
  1. Meat is considered a blessing from God (12:15).
  1. The only blood we can ever “eat” is the blood of Christ (12:16, 23-25, 15:23; Gen 9:4; Lev 17:10-14 w/Joh 6:53-57 = Our lives are associated w/the life of the one whose blood we consume [we become “blood brothers”]. To possess blood association w/a dead animal is a curse whereas to be associated w/a dead Christ yields a blessing [since He rose again taking the curse only to Himself – Gal 3:13 w/Rom 4:25 versus Heb 10:3).
  1. The “holy things” – which includes our “tithe” is “due” from us (12:26).
  1. If we are to fully obey God, receive His “mercy” and blessings, and avoid being “devoted” to destruction (i.e. under the “fierceness of His anger”), we must never “pity”, “spare” or “conceal” – but rather condemn (as apostate) and completely distance ourselves, from the lives of those who attempt to draw us into idolatry (insurrection) or insubordination – even if they are our close relatives or friends (13:1-18).
  1. When individuals in the covenant community are suspected of evil/sin – especially the sins of insurrection or insubordination, it is the obligation of: 1) God’s people to reveal it to the elders (13:8, 12 w/17:4a), 2) the elders to investigate (13:14 w/17:4).
  1. God’s people are considered His “sons” (and daughters) (14:1).
  1. If we want to continue being God’s people as well as viewed as His “holy” and “treasured possession”, then religious syncretism is completely forbidden (14:1-21; syncretism = Adding the liturgy [signs, rituals, diets, etc.] or theology of false religions to God’s religion).
  1. The total amount of tithe a person owes to God shall be: 1) required at the end of the year (14:22, 15:20), 2) offered at the place where God has designated His Name to dwell (14:23-25, e.g. the church), 3) used to feast before the Lord w/the covenant community (14:26, 15:19-20), 4) used to support God’s Levites (14:27, 29, e.g. pastors), 5) used to support the poor in the covenant community (14:28-29).
  1. Financial loans given to covenant members (15:7 – “If among you, one of your brothers…”): 1) must not exceed six years (15:1-2, 12, 18), 2) are to be liberally and lovingly given to those in need sufficient to cover their needs (15:3-8, 11), 3) are to forgive all monies the borrower is legitimately unable to repay in the six years (15:9-10; “legitimately” = Laws regarding fraud or negligence would still apply to those who fail to repay for these reasons – Exo 22:9), 4) can be repaid or supplemented w/indentured servant contracts when those in need lack the ability/maturity/integrity to repay the loan (15:12).
  1. Sufficiently providing for the financial needs of the poor/needy in the covenant community is an important part of our obedience to God and receiving His abundant financial blessings (15:4-6, 11).
  1. One of the most important purposes of indentured servant contracts is not only to change irresponsible/immature people into responsible, mature and productive covenant members, but also to provide them with the capital necessary to start a new life (15:13-15).
  1. To condemn all forms of human slavery is to call God wicked since: 1) He condones certain forms of human slavery (15:12-18; See also Exo 21:1-6), 2) He owns human slaves (us!) (15:15; Lev 25:42; Exo 21:7 w/Eph 5:22-27 and 2Co 11:2; Christians are called “doulos”[slave] in the NT – e.g. Rom 6:20-22; 1Ti 2:24).
  1. As in our “forever” slavery to Christ, it requires our: 1) choice/decision (15:16a), 2) love (15:16b), 3) recognition that things are far better as a slave (15:16c), 4) reception of the covenant sign (15:17 – “take an awl and put it through his ear”), 5) identification as our master’s property (15:17 – “door”), 6) permanent association w/our master’s house (15:17 – “door” [of the master’s house]).
  1. The firstborn males w/o blemish among the OC sacred animals that were to be sacrificed to God and feasted on by the people before God (15:19-22) are symbolic of Christ since: 1) He is God’s firstborn male (Heb 1:6), 2) He is w/o blemish (1Pe 1:19), 3) He was sacrificed to God (Heb 9:12, 10:12, 4) We feast on Him before God (Joh 6:53; Mt 26:26-28).