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Devarim Twenty-Nine: Hidden Things

Moses reminds the people all that they have seen of God’s greatness and wonders, particularly as they pertained to His actions against the Egyptians. “Yet until this day, the Lord has not given you a heart to know, eyes to see, and ears to hear (Deuteronomy 29:3).” Somehow, it seems, that throughout the time in the wilderness, the people were in some kind of divine incubator, a magical state in which they didn’t have the same material needs that they would have normally. 447 more words

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Devarim Twenty-Eight: Diaspora

We know what happens if the people don’t obey God. Now, we hear what they’ll be rewarded with if they do. “And all these blessings will come upon you and cleave to you, if you obey the Lord, your God (Deuteronomy 28:2).” 365 more words

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Parashah Ki Thetze (Go Forth) Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25

In this parashah there are many seemingly miscellaneous laws, dealing with everything from marrying a captured slave woman to how to divorce her, rights of the criminal, OSHA regulations (must have a parapet on the roof), mixing of different things (animals that are yoked, seeds in the field, cloths), what to wear, what not to wear, sparing the mother bird, adultery, tzitzis, holiness of the camp, kindness to animals, excessive punishment, providing for the poor and needy, accountability for sin, kidnapping, pledges, charging of interest, business dealings, and others. 382 more words

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Devarim Twenty-Seven: Curses

Entering the land means that a lot of things will change, including the sacrifices that the people are obligated to offer to God. “And it will be, on the day that you cross the Jordan to the land the Lord, your God, is giving you, that you shall set up for yourself huge stones, and plaster them with lime. 482 more words

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Devarim Twenty-Six: Harvest

When the people come into the land, there are lots of specific commandments that begin to apply only in that space. One of them is the law of first fruits. 235 more words

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Devarim Twenty-Five: Levirate Marriage

This chapter gives us a detailed description of the levirate marriage, a Jewish tradition that commands a childless widow to marry her husband’s brother. We saw this in action in the story of Judah’s sons back in Bereshit, and now we’re seeing the actual law be given to the people. 543 more words

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All Scripture is inspired... are you sure?

The reason I put that title is because many professing Christians that know the New Testament fairly well will quote this verse to prove that God inspired the entire Bible as we know it today.   481 more words