Deuteronomy 16-18, Mark 13

Deuteronomy 16:1
1 “Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the Lord your God, for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night.

In the Jewish calendar, the year begins with Passover and the month of Abib, which would be the equivalent to the end of March or beginning of April in our calendar. After the Babylonian captivity it was often referred to as the month of Nisan.

Deuteronomy 16:19
You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.

If you have ever had much exposure to our justice system, you have experienced the ‘perversion of justice’ first hand. Why is this? Because, we live in a day of relative rather than absolute truth, a day when we call evil good and good evil, and a day when everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes rather than God’s.

Deuteronomy 17:12
Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall put away the evil from Israel.

The word ‘presumptuous’ means to take for granted without much thought about it. One of the great burdens of the ministry is when I counsel people in God’s word and they presume to know better than God. It always breaks my heart when they call me afterwards and their lives are falling apart because they refused to take to heart God’s word. There is no greater safeguard in all of this life, than to heed all that the Lord says.

Deuteronomy 17:16-17
But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again. ’ 17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.

This was the downfall of King Solomon, the wisest man to have ever lived. He thought he knew better and his refusal to obey these commands, ultimately led to the division of the kingdom of Israel.

Deuteronomy 18:18-19
I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

Without question, these verses are speaking of Jesus Christ. Peter affirmed this truth in his sermon as recorded in the third chapter of the Book of Acts.

Deuteronomy 18:21-22
And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken? ’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

This is the surest way to tell whether a prophet is truly from God or not. 100% accuracy from any prophet is a must. Anything less, indicates that that person is a false prophet, and we are to have nothing to do with them.

Mark 13:2
And Jesus answered and said to him, “ Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

Jesus was speaking of the destruction of the temple here, which was unfathomable to the Jews. This destruction historically took place in the year 70 AD.

Mark 13:14
14 “ So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “ then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Jesus is referring to the prophecy of Daniel 9:27 which speaks of three and a half years into the Great Tribulation when the Antichrist desecrates the temple and declares himself to be God. We also read about this in Revelation 13:6.

Mark 13:31
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

This is a powerful statement about the eternalness of the Bible. Even after the end of the world, the destruction of the heavens and the earth, God’s word will still be standing. Praise the Lord!

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