Follow what God has appointed

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.12.2019 – Old Testament: Deu 18.9–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 17–19 on March 12, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

God did not use Israel to destroy the Canaanites only for Israel to engage in the very activities that brought destruction to the Canaanites. Therefore, He said:

“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not appointed such for you” (Deuteronomy 18.9–14).

There are things that God appointed Israel to do, but the things He listed here, they were not appointed to do. Likewise, there are things that God has appointed the church to do, and things that He has not appointed for us, so we cannot do those things.

Questions:

  • Do you still struggle with overcoming temptation and sin from your old life?
  • What have you done to conquer other temptations and sins?

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