Deuteronomy 13-15

Deuteronomy 13:1-3
1 “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

The litmus test as to whether or not a person professing to have a word from the Lord is true, is whether or not it is supported by God’s word. 2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us, “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” God has temporarily given Satan dominion over the earth. He has no more power than what the Lord allows, but he has power none the less. We mustn’t ever confuse certain signs or wonders with the will of God. It may very well be a work of the enemy. This is why everything must be measured against what the Bible says. If it can’t be supported scripturally, it isn’t the Lord.

Deuteronomy 14:3
3 “You shall not eat any detestable thing.

There were a lot of dietary restrictions given under the old covenant. Some of these were for health reasons, but also in obedience to the laws the Lord had established. When we read Acts 10, we read of the vision given to Peter which established that all animals, from that point forward, were clean. This was the Lord’s way of letting the world know that the Gospel and Holy Spirit were now available to Gentiles, to non-Jews. This is, no doubt, was one of the most significant visions in the Bible.

Deuteronomy 14:22
22 “You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year.

Giving back to the Lord, is a principle that we see throughout the Scriptures. We give to Him because He has so freely given to us.

Deuteronomy 15:7-8
7 “If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, 8 but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.

If the church would take to heart our responsibility to help those in need, there would be no need for all of the social systems we have in the world today. We are called not so much to care for all those in the world, but rather to care for those among us whom we would consider brethren. This of course does not mean that God doesn’t expect us to be generous to all people. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

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