[bible1year] Devotional comments on Deuteronomy 25-27

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 1 Mar 2015 12:35:38 -0000
MARCH 1

        Chapter 25 continues the various laws given to the children 
of Israel. It covers laws of corporal punishment (verses 1-3); the 
law concerning the ox (verse 4); the brother-in-law's marriage 
(verses 5-10); prescriptions against foul play (verses 11,12); 
dishonest weights (verses 13-16); and the doom upon Amalek (verses 
17-19). Take special note of verse 4--the ox was to be allowed to 
take a chance mouthful of corn as it went around the monotonous 
tread of the mill. What an encouragement this should be for those 
who are anxious about their daily bread! If God takes care of even 
the oxen, surely He will care for those who trust and serve Him!

        Chapter 26 covers the offering of firstfruits (verses 1-11), 
and obedience and prayer (verses 12-19). Possession of the Promised 
Land is anticipated in these verses. The beautiful ceremony 
described here anticipated presentation of the firstfruits to the 
Lord at the central sanctuary, a token of praise, worship, and 
thanksgiving to the Lord for His faithfulness and blessing. The 
obedience and prayer in verses 12-19 resulted in blessing.

        Chapter 27 is the first of four chapters that deal with 
Israel's future and covers the blessings and curses of the laws. Its 
fulfillment can be found in Joshua 8:30-35. This ceremony was to be 
inaugurated on Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim, overlooking the city of 
Shechem, in the heart of the land. The memorial stones were to be 
set up on Mt. Ebal, and the curses of the law were to be pronounced 
there. On Mt. Gerizim there were no curses pronounced nor any stones 
engraved with the law, but only blessings pronounced.