[bible1year] Devotional comments on Deuteronomy 13-15

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 25 Feb 2014 13:01:04 -0000
        Apostasy is having a knowledge of the truth and 
yet turning away from that truth. In chapter 13 we see 
the doom of the false prophets. The penalty to any false 
prophet was death. God hated idolatry and apostasy so 
much that the nearest of kin to the one who was found 
guilty was not spared. If an entire city turned to 
idolatry, the city was to be wholly destroyed and burned 
by fire.

        Apostasy is raging in the world today. People 
who know the truth are living a lie. True, they have a 
form of godliness, but they are denying the power 
thereof. They may, very likely, be fooling man, but they 
cannot fool God, for God looks on the heart. I've met 
with people who are living a lie. They have fooled their 
family and friends for years, but they cannot fool a God 
who looks on the heart and who knows their true standing 
before Him. As I talk with these people, I can see that 
sin and guilt have destroyed them from within. Many of 
them have had the chastisement and judgment of God upon 
them because they are not honest with Him. My friend, 
don't invite God's judgment and chastisement upon your 
life; don't gamble on His mercy. Even though He is a 
merciful and loving God, He must chastise sin.

        Chapter 14 gives instructions concerning the 
separation of God's people. The basis of separation was 
that the children of the Lord were holy people, chosen 
to be a peculiar people above all the nations that are 
upon the earth. God wanted them to be completely 
separated from the sinful customs of the heathen. He 
gave separation and distinctions in food (verses 3-21) 
and separation concerning pure religion (verses 22-29).

        In chapter 15 the Sabbatic Year is again 
covered. This was every seventh year, which brought rest 
to the land and release from debts and obligations. 
Notice also an enlargement of the previous Law given in 
Exodus 23:10,11 and Leviticus 25:2-7.