Deuteronomy 19-21

Deuteronomy 19:14
14 “You shall not remove your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.

From the beginning, the Lord has understood man’s heart and his tendency towards greed. As a result, He set rules knowing that in our natural state we would seek to take advantage of one another. It is only Jesus who changes our hearts and makes us eager to give rather than take.

Deuteronomy 20:7
And what man is there who is betrothed to a woman and has not married her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man marry her. ’

I just love the sensitivity that the Lord has for marriage. He intended it to be a sacred reflection of His relationship with us. We must always hold it in the same manner.

Deuteronomy 20:10-12
“When you go near a city to fight against it, then proclaim an offer of peace to it. 11 And it shall be that if they accept your offer of peace, and open to you, then all the people who are found in it shall be placed under tribute to you, and serve you. 12 Now if the city will not make peace with you, but war against you, then you shall besiege it.

My dad always used to tell me, “Never pick a fight, but if someone picks one with you, let them know that you don’t want to fight, if they insist, go for it with all you have.” I had very few fights in my life as a result of this advice. In essence the Lord is saying the same thing here. However, one thing to keep in mind, when the fight ensues, make sure He is doing the fighting for you.

Deuteronomy 21:8-9
Provide atonement, O Lord, for Your people Israel, whom You have redeemed, and do not lay innocent blood to the charge of Your people Israel. ’ And atonement shall be provided on their behalf for the blood. 9 So you shall put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you when you do what is right in the sight of the Lord.

Isn’t this a great picture of what was provided us through Jesus? I am so blessed by such snapshots of the Lord Jesus in the Old Testament.

Deuteronomy 21:17
But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

The firstborn of a family held a very prominent and important position in the family.


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