Recent commentaries

Curses For Disobedience

Deuteronomy 27:1–27:26
Moses gives instruction for a ceremony of covenant renewal that was to be followed when Israel entered the promised land. It seems that throughout Israel’s history it was necessary for God to periodically call His people to renewals of covenant commitment and obedience... Read more

Offering of First Fruits And Thanksgiving

Deuteronomy 26:1–26:19
When Israel took possession of the promised land (v. 1) they were to celebrate two rituals. There were the “offering of the first fruits” (vv. 2-11) and the “tithe in the third year” (vv. 12-15). It seems that they were to be practiced only one time, the one after Israel’s first harvest and the other after ... Read more

Punishment of The Guilty, Widows And Amalek

Deuteronomy 25:1–25:19
When two people had a dispute they could not settle by themselves they could bring it before the judges who would determine who was guilty. The guilty person was to then be beaten in front of the presiding judge with 40 lashes of the whip... Read more

The Mosaic Law of Divorce And Varied Regulations

Deuteronomy 24:1–24:22
Two laws that deal with husband-wife relationships are given (vv. 1-5). The first concerns divorce which seems to have been a widespread problem in Egypt and Israel at that time. The main issue was that people were forbidden to remarry once they were divorced. Jesus’ interpretation of this ... Read more

The World, The Flesh And The Devil

Deuteronomy 23:1–23:25
Moses continues to deal with various Israelite laws in this chapter. He deals with the need for maintaining purity in the religious assembly (vv. 1-8). He gives three types of people that were excluded from Israel’s “worship service.”... Read more

Laws Concerning Relationships, Mixtures And Marriage

Deuteronomy 22:1–22:30
Moses covers various laws in this chapter as it pertains to a man’s neighbors and his family: 1. Every man was required to help protect that which belonged to his neighbor (vv. 1-4). 2. The clothing of men and women was to maintain a distinction between the sexes (v. 5). During ... Read more

Laws Regarding Murder, Marriage And Delinquent Sons

Deuteronomy 21:1–21:23
In this portion of Scripture Moses explains various Israelite laws. He tells how an unsolved murder is to be handled (vv. 1-9). The town nearest where the body is found is to assume the responsibility for the crime. They were to take a young heifer that had never been worked and break its neck ... Read more

Moses Gives The Principles of Military Service And Warfare

Deuteronomy 20:1–20:20
In this chapter Moses lays down principles of military service and warfare. They are as follows: 1. Never fear an enemy’s horses and chariots. This is because the winning of battles will never be determined by mere military strength (v. 1). Instead, it would be determined by ... Read more

Missionary Tells How Christians Were Protected

Deuteronomy 19:1–19:21
This chapter deals with Human Relationships. Here we find the laws concerning the cities of refuge which were intended to save the lives of those not guilty of premeditated murders. There were six of these cities which were spaced throughout the land so that they might be easily reached by ... Read more

Occult Practices verses Prophetic Revelation

Deuteronomy 18:1–18:22
When God divided the Promised Land among the 12 tribes, the Levites did not receive a portion of land. Instead, 48 cities were set aside for them (Numbers 35:1-8). The Lord was their inheritance. The Israelites were to support the Levites as they served the Lord. The Levites carried out tasks ... Read more

Moses Gives The Job Description

Deuteronomy 17:1–17:20
Moses gives the Job Description of Judges (v.v. 1-13) and Kings (v.v. 14-20). After Moses and Joshua died, the people were to be governed by judges and priests. It could only work if these leaders and the people were committed to following the Lord. Their Judges respons … Read more

The Three Feasts of God’s Chosen People

Deuteronomy 16:1–16:22
Every Israelite male was obligated to attend three feasts at God’s chosen place every year (v. 16). Apparently, some Jews of this period did not take this command any more serious than some Christians of our day do in attending the services of the church (Hebrews 10:25). If possible, their ... Read more

The Principles of Slavery

Deuteronomy 15:12–15:23
Moses teaches Israel the principles of the Hebrew bond- slave and the conditions for setting him free (vv. 12-18). The Lord had previously made it clear that six full years of a person’s life were enough to have to work as a slave for defaulting on a loan (Exodus 21:2). At the end of that time ... Read more

Regulations Concering Debt Cancellation

Deuteronomy 15:1–15:11
In this chapter Moses states that during this seventh year the Israelites were not to be pressed to pay their debts. This does not mean that the debts would be eliminated completely but simply that the time of payment was extended for one year. The Israelites were allowed to press foreigners ... Read more