[bible1year] Devotional comments on Deuteronomy 19-21

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 27 Feb 2015 12:13:56 -0000
        Chapter 19 records again the cities of refuge. 
We have already seen that they were protection for those 
who were guilty of causing accidental death, what is 
today called manslaughter. Moses had already set aside 
three such cities east of Jordan (Bezer, Ramoth, and 
Golan). Later, Joshua set aside three cities west of 
Jordan (Kedesh, Shechem, and Hebron). All six were 
Levitical cities, included in the Levites' 48 cities 
given in Numbers 35:6. Chapter 20 records the rules of 
warfare. Those who had built a new house, planted a new 
vineyard, were newly married, or fainthearted were to be 
excused from military service.

        Chapter 21 records various laws and 
instructions. In verses 1-9 the law is given in 
connection with an unknown murder. Bloodguiltiness of 
this sort had to be atoned for by killing a heifer in a 
deserted valley, and by the elders and Levites washing 
their hands over the dead animal.

        Our reading today again emphasizes the fact that 
God is a jealous God. As His Word was explicit to the 
children of Israel, so it is to men today. It is His 
desire that His people worship Him only and follow Him 
explicitly. If we disobey, then we will be chastened. He 
is an all-loving God, but He is also a just God. He 
hates sin, but loves the sinner. He sent His only 
begotten Son to die in our place. It is His desire that 
every man be saved, but when one rejects the wonderful 
gift of His Son, he will be eternally separated from 
God. Also, when a child of God sins, fellowship with God 
is broken and the happiness and joy of Christian living 
departs until that child comes to a point of repentance, 
and allows God to restore the joy of salvation to him.