[bible1year] Devotional comments on Deuteronomy 16-18

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 26 Feb 2015 12:50:04 -0000
        Again in chapter 16 we have the principal annual 
feasts covered. The Passover (verses 1-8); the Feast of 
Weeks (verses 9-12); and the Feast of the Tabernacle 
(verses 13-17). Then in verses 18-22 God assures the 
people that the judges and officers that are to judge 
the tribes will give the people just judgment.

        In verse 1 of chapter 17 we notice the offerings 
that were sacrificed to the Lord must be unblemished or 
they were an abomination unto the Lord. Verses 2-7 cover 
the condemnation of all idolators. Their condemnation 
was death by stoning, before witnesses. God tells the 
people in verses 14-20 that "when thou art come unto the 
land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shall 
possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I 
will set a king over me." The kingdom came some 400 
years later (see I Samuel 8). Samuel told the people 
that in asking for a king they were rejecting God. This 
is not a contradiction, it is just the fact that God 
foreknew that they would want a king. He is not 
approving their actions here in Deuteronomy, but He is 
foretelling them that generations later they would 
desire a king over them and would reject the form of 
government which God had given to them.

        Chapter 18 contains one of the most specific 
predictions of Christ found in the Old Testament. Jesus 
Himself understood it (John 5:46) and so did Peter (Acts 
3:22).

        The Hebrew nation was being founded of God as 
the medium through which one day all nations would be 
blessed. The statement concerning the Messiah definitely 
tells us that we would be given another Prophet (Jesus, 
Who would bear God's message to all nations). Judaism 
was to be superseded by Christianity (the day of grace). 
God's plan of salvation is found in Ephesians 2:8,9: 
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not 
of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest 
any man should boast." We are not saved by keeping the 
Law, but by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, 
who completely fulfilled the Law.