Deuteronomy 15-16

Deuteronomy 15-16

Chapter 15: Care for the Poor

The first two verses talk about the “Lord’s Release” which is when creditors lend money and you are unable to pay it back, that after 7 years they release the debt and pretend that it doesn’t exist. This is actually very interesting because in at least most of the states in the U.S.A exist laws that protect the debtor, releasing or having statute of limitations on debt that is 5, 6 or 7 years old. Essentially if the creditor doesn’t collect in those years, then the debt becomes invalid. It is interesting how we base our laws off of things as old as the Bible. But if you think about it, the 10 commandments are probably the most basic idea of civility in the world. Ask people what is considered “bad”, I guarantee they will say; murder, stealing etc. The point is that the Bible and all holy texts have a huge benefit for mankind. If used properly.

Verse 6 warns about debt. Something the world is very much in. It states that we should be the lenders, and that if we are we will be blessed. Now this is just my idea, but a lot of righteous people are blessed financially and can be “lenders” to those in need. Always staying away from debt when at all possible.

Chapter 16: Israel Shall Keep the Passover

See Numbers 28 for rituals of the Passover and Exodus 12 for the Origins of the Passover.

Israel is commanded to keep the Passover in the Month Abib. All males appear 3 times annually before the Lord at three feasts.

Deuteronomy 11-12

Deuteronomy 11-12

Chapter 11: Love God

The children of Israel are reminded of the importance of keeping the commandments of God. They are reminded about the great marvels that he accomplished among the Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Those who lived through the great miracles are held accountable for teaching the next generation of Israelites.

They are also reminded about the terrible things that can happen to those who disobey the commandments of the Lord.  If you keep the commandments, you can be strong mentally and physically (Deuteronomy 11:8)

If the Israelites keep the commandments, Love God and cleave unto him and do not worship false gods, then they will always be blessed with rain in its season, for bountiful crops and grass to feed their cattle. He encourages them to not only listen and follow the commandments, but to keep them in their heart and soul that they might become second hand to them. (Deuteronomy 11:18)

They are commanded to teach their children these same things and to have these commandments and scriptures in their homes, so that they may always remember.

They are promised that if they do follow the commandments and walk in the same paths as the Lord, that no nation will come before them and win and that they will have other nations driven out before   them that they may possess any land in which they set foot.

Chapter 12: Don’t Eat Blood

Israel is to destroy the Canaanitish gods and their places of worship. Eating of blood is forbidden, because it is the “life” of the flesh. But it does state that if you want to kill something to eat it, you are welcome to it. Just as long as you do not eat the blood, so make sure it is “well done”. (See Deuteronomy 12:15-16)

Deuteronomy 9-10

Deuteronomy 9-10

Chapter 9: 40 Days and 40 Nights Fasting

Compare to Exodus 32; this is the same story but from the perspective of Moses. Moses gathers the congregation of Israel and reminds them that they can conquer a nation greater than themselves. The reason that they were going to have the power to drive the giants out of their land, is because the people residing in the land were wicked.

Moses tells the congregation that he spent 40 days/nights fasting; drinking neither water or eating bread. This way he was more receptive of the spirit and this is what probably enabled him to see God and receive the Ten Commandments along with other instructions from the Lord.

Chapter 10: Love God

When Moses was on the mount for forty days/nights the Lord commanded him to make a small ark of Shittim wood to place the tablets of stone in. All that God requires, is that the congregations of Israel loves and serve him, if they do this, they will also love and serve their neighbor and the stranger in the land. Because they were once strangers in the land of Egypt too.

Deuteronomy 3-4

Deuteronomy 3-4

Chapter 3: People of Bashan are Destroyed

The congregation of Israel heads up to Bashan, where the king of Bashan (king Og) opposes them in a great battle, at Edrei. The Israelites start to fear a little, but the Lord delivered King Og and his people, just like the Lord delivered Sihon and his people into their hands.

They do just like they did with Sihon and his people, killing every single one of them, until no men, women or children are left alive. The children of Israel take the livestock and goods for their plunder. They conquered threescore (or 3 x 20=60), they conquered sixty cities, that were under the rule of King Og, in Bashan. All the cities were fenced, with walls, gates and bars. Essentially they were heavily fortified.

An interesting passage in verse 11, states that King Og was the last of the “giants”, mentioning that his bed was 13.5 long and 6 feet wide! Did you know that an average twin bed is.. 3.5 feet wide by 6.25 feet long! Almost double the size of a twin mattress, making me believe that these “giants” of the Old Testament were probably about double the size of an average man today.

The regions of Gilead and all of Bashan were given to the half tribe of Manasseh which was known as the land of the giants.

Moses sees Canaan from Pisgah, but is denied entrance into this land. He however, counsels and gives charge of Joshua.

Chapter 4: Scattering and Gathering of Israel

Moses speaks to the congregation of Israel and commands them to not add to the word, neither should they fall from it.

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it…” (Deuteronomy 4:2)

                This verse really gets me, because some skeptics of the Book of Mormon will read from the book of Revelations, where it says: “…If any man add unto these things (speaking of the Book of Revelations, but often misunderstood as the “Bible as a whole”), God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:” (Revelations 22:18)

So essentially we have two scriptures that say “do not add”, if Revelations was true, then why was Deuteronomy 4:2 written? The answer… Moses and John the Revelator were speaking of their words, in their books! Think about the way the books of the Bible were written… Revelations wasn’t even the last book written of the Bible!

Just thought I would mention that verse in Deuteronomy, Moses after telling his people to neither add, nor diminish from his words; continues to teach and preach to his people. Moses tells his people to be wise and an understanding people, without this they will not become a great nation. He reminds them to remember of the times when they were able to see the Lord’s hands in their lives and more specifically when they were wondering in the desert for forty years. They are to be a witness of the great power and wisdom of God.

Moses reminds his people of the covenant that they made with the Lord to follow the Ten Commandments and to follow all of the statutes and judgments. Moses tells the Israelites to not worship false gods, or get the idea of worshiping the stars, the moon or the sun.

Moses explains that if they chose to not follow the commandments and statutes that the Lord has placed upon them, then they will be destroyed. He exhorts them (or suggests to them) that they follow the commandments and do everything in their power to “extend” or “prolong” their days upon the land, having more time to be favorable in the eyes of God. Because he says that God is a “jealous” God, but a merciful God. If they do this faithfully, Israel will be once again gathered in the “latter” days.

One thing that I found to be interesting is in verse 28; Moses is speaking to the Israelites about how they will be punished if they serve other gods, which he mentions; “…ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood, stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell” (Deuteronomy 4:28)

What is verse 4:28 telling us? I believe it has two meanings. One is that often times we worship things that are made by men, like (in modern days), a cell phone, computer, car, money…etc. We focus on those things (we worship them), when we should be worshiping God. The other meaning, is a little more disputed among scholars… but I believe this verse tells us about the nature of God.

So my question is, who is God? What does he  look like? Does he  have a body, or is he a spirit?

Here is the answer:

God said; “…Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness…so God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)

So God created man in his own image, which means that He looks like us! God has a body of flesh and bones! This scripture in Deuteronomy 4:28 clearly says that God can see, hear, eat and smell.