Monday, November 23, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Deuteronomy- Chapter 26

Deuteronomy 26

-In this final law section of the book, Moses outlines God’s requirement for bringing in the first fruits to the place that the LORD would choose to establish His Name (again this will be the Temple in Jerusalem). The finest of the first fruits were to be put in a basket and offered to the priest who is in office with a declaration to the LORD’s goodness for all His many blessings. This was to be a joyful time of celebration for the abundance of God’s provision as it was set down before the altar in gratitude. The children of Israel had come a long way. Their ancestors were wandering Arameans who had gone down to Egypt bankrupt and destitute. God had miraculously saved them from famine, made them and strong and numerous nation, and brought them to the Promised Land. God had heard their voice in their cries from the affliction they were under. Their toil and oppression was seen by their Heavenly Father, and He acted on their behalf according to His faithful promise. With a mighty Hand and an outstretched Arm, with great terror, signs, and wonders, God brought them out of slavery into new life in the land flowing with milk and honey. All these things the people were to acknowledge as they presented their first fruits of their increase before the LORD in His sanctuary. They were to worship and adore Him for His goodness, kindness, and compassion. And, these things extended to the Levite, the orphan, the widow, and the alien. This was in keeping with all they had been commanded by the Sovereign Almighty. They were not to violate any of His conditions and chinch out on their offering. Every statute, ordinance, and command were to be carefully observed with all their heart and soul in order to walk in His ways and listen to His Voice alone. This would ensure continued prosperity and success in the land to which they were going. If this Law was followed, they would be established high above all the nations that God had made for praise, fame, and honor. They were to be a consecrated people to the LORD their God, as He had spoken (Deuteronomy 26:1-19).

-*Application* This is the time of Thanksgiving in our land. We celebrate all of God’s bountiful provision with loved ones and reflect during this season. What a mighty God we serve! What a compassionate and faithful Lord! Rejoice in His goodness!!!

Verses to Memorize: Deuteronomy 26:7-10

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