In Today's Reading:
Idolaters; obedience to authority; offerings due priests and Levites; heathen practices; prophecy concerning the coming of Christ; cities of refuge
Moses foretold: The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet (Jesus) from the midst of you, of your brethren, like to me; to Him you shall hearken. . . . the LORD said to me. . . . I (God) . . . will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak to them all that I shall command Him. . . . whosoever will not hearken to My words which He shall speak in My Name, I will require it of him (Deuteronomy 18:15,17-19). Jesus said to His critics that Moses and the Scriptures bore witness of Him: For had you believed Moses, you would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me. But if you believe not his writings (Genesis — Deuteronomy), how shall you believe My words? (John 5:46-47).
Jesus declared to Pilate: My kingdom is not of this world (18:36), meaning it is a spiritual kingdom without end. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter boldly proclaimed that Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Moses, who said: A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you of your brethren, like to me; Him shall you hear in all things whatsoever He shall say to you And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that Prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days (Acts 3:22-24; Deuteronomy 18:18-19).
The writer of the Book of Hebrews wrote: He that despised (ignored) Moses' Law died without mercy . . . how much sorer (more severe) punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the Covenant (Agreement), wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite (insult) to the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:28-29).
17:1 evilfavoredness = any defect; 18:8 sale of his patrimony = sale of his family property; 18:10 pass through the fire = burning children alive as a sacrifice to the idol god Molech; 20:11 be tributaries unto = be subject to
Through the Old Testament sacrifices which were made without blemish or defect (Deuteronomy 17:1). Christ was perfectly pure from all sin and all appearance of evil. Christ . . . without blemish and without spot (I Peter 1:19).
Government Officials: Rep. Brian Baird (WA) and Rep. Elton Gallegly (CA) · Country: Serbia and Montenegro (11 million) on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe · Major language: Serbo-Croatian · Religious conflict · 41% Serbian/Montenegrin/Macedonian Orthodox; 33% Catholic; 11% Muslim; 1% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Rise early in the morning to lift up your prayers to God and hope in His Word (Psalm 119:147).
Optional Reading: Luke 22
Memory Verse for the Week: John 3:15