Deuteronomy 17:7 Strict Guidelines

Deuteronomy 17:7 (KJV)
The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

Exodus 20:13 (KJV)
Thou shalt not kill.

Exodus 20:13 (KJV) 
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 

That a life should ever be taken is one of the most horrific of things. 

  • Life is precious, 
  • Cannot be regained, 
  • It is a gift from God

However, there are times when, as horrific as it is, it must be done:

  • In war
  • In self defense
  • In judgment 

God’s Word provided for the case of capital punishment. But it provided for it under very strict guidelines. 

  • The thing must be certain 
  • There must be a minimum of two witnesses and
  • The witnesses must be the first to perform the judgment 

This would have minimized false witnesses. If it was difficult to assemble multiple people willing to bear false witness it would have been doubly difficult to find them willing to carry their witness out in the “hands on” participation of the execution.

We must never rejoice that a soul, any soul, loses his life. 

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Deuteronomy 17:7 Strict Guidelines

Deuteronomy 12:3 Our Undoing

Deuteronomy 12:3 (KJV)
And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.

Israel was to utterly destroy all of the objects of Canaanite worship and remove any reminder of their false gods. They were further instructed not to do the same with the LORD God. We know that Israel did not obey this exactly. It was in their halfhearted obedience they found their nation’s future problems. 

We see the very same pattern among most Christians. It is not that we utterly dismiss God. We like to feign obedience. We wish for His blessing and His hand of help. 

Christians would deny denying God. 

The problem is that Christians refuse to utterly reject worldliness and further refuse absolute surrender to God. The disagreements among the professing children of God almost always comes down to what an individual believer is willing to reject of the world or what they are willing to surrender to God. 

And it’s our ultimate undoing. 

It hinders our prayers, builds hurdles for spiritual growth, and creates hazards for future generations. 

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Deuteronomy 12:3 Our Undoing

Deuteronomy 10:5 There They Be

Deuteronomy 10:5 (KJV)
And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.

There they be 
This is the second copy of the Ten Commandments because Moses broke the originals after Israel broke their principles in sin. This copy was no less the Word of God. It was no less inspired or infallible. It had the same author, was from the same source, and delivered to the people by the same hand. 

There they be 
Time had not altered it. Written near forty years previous to this, they had been delivered to the ark, guarded by the priests, and overseen by God. 

There they be
The same may be said of the Word of God today. Though many assume it has been corrupted beyond recognition and indeed there are corrupted versions, almighty God gave His Word, He placed it in the care of His people, and He alone as overseen its transmission and preservation.

There they be
Sixty-six books collected under the watchful eye of God, protected through the centuries, and available to all who would but take an interest and read them.

There they be
Grab a Bible, open its pages, meet its author, be saved and then live for the glory of God. 

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Deuteronomy 10:5 There They Be

Deuteronomy 9:6 An Understanding

Deuteronomy 9:6 (KJV)
Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.

God told Israel that the nation they were about to possess was, in fact greater and mightier than they were. They had: 

  • Great cities
  • Fenced walls and
  • Giant people

There was no way Israel would possess this land in their own power. They had to understand ahead of time that it was God who would defeat them. 

Further God told Israel that it was not because they were more righteous than the others that he would give them the land. It was because of the wickedness of the Canaanites they would be driven out but not because of the righteousness of Israel. They had to understand that they had not earned the privilege of being the victor. They were themselves a stiff-necked people. 

Christians today would do well to get hold of this truth. It is not because we are righteous that we earn God’s favor, power, or blessings. We don’t pay a price for His anointing. We don’t earn the ear of God through our obedience. We don’t somehow deserve His favor because we win souls or support missions. We have God’s favor, as children of God, because we have Jesus. 

The key to successful Christian living is to understand this, appreciate Jesus, and remain close to Him. 

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Deuteronomy 9:6 An Understanding

Deuteronomy 8:3 Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Deuteronomy 8:3 (KJV)
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

Israel was God’s chosen nation. They were loved and blessed. God had already established that there was no nation so great as they. 

  • It was for them He had parted the Red Sea and would part the Jordan River. 
  • It was with them He had dwelt in the pillar of fire and the pillar of cloud. 
  • It was through them all nations of the earth would be blessed. 

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost through the children of Israel. 

But here we are reminded that God humbled them, allowed them to suffer hunger and fed them with manna. And here we are told why. God wanted to teach them that man does not live by bread alone but by every Word of God. 

Here is the answer why bad things, hard things, difficult things happen to good people. Through those things, God blesses them with the knowledge, the realization, and the strength to live not in good things but in the truths God has given in his Word. 

A lost man might possess all the good this land can give. But he, like all of us, will eventually die. And then, in eternity he will have nothing. The Christian, like Lazarus, may suffer in this life, but in eternity, for all eternity, he will be comforted. 

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Deuteronomy 8:3 Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Deuteronomy 5:2-3 For The Living

Deuteronomy 5:2-3 (KJV)
The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.

Gill says Horeb is one of two tops of the same mount that is Sinai. 

Moses was, at this moment, near to the river Jordan. His journey with Israel was practically finished. In the next verse he specifically says that the covenant that the Lord made at Horeb was to the present generation, not to their fathers but with those who were alive at that very moment. 

But when God made the covenant, it was their fathers who were the adult generation. These standing before Moses here were children at best, perhaps not even born, when the Ten Commandments were given on Sinai. 

Here’s the lesson, the Word of God is always intended for the generation alive: living, breathing and making choices at the time. It never changes. It doesn’t adjust to fit climate, culture, or modern norms. 

But it is always relevant, and expressly for the living of the day. 

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Deuteronomy 5:2-3 For The Living

Deuteronomy 4:7 So Great A Nation

Deuteronomy 4:7 (KJV)
For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

The following verse reads, Deuteronomy 4:8 (KJV)
And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? 

There has been no greater nation than Israel.[1]

  • They had God near them
  • They had God to call upon and
  • They had righteous statutes and judgments

The United States of America cannot and does not replace Israel, but we can consider the history of our nation as great, and we may continue to consider her great so long as she remains near to God, seeks Him, calls upon Him for blessing, and clings to His righteous standards and judgments. 

Our nation is no longer great when she turns away from Him. 


[1] Remember, at this point in their history they didn’t even possess a land. 

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Deuteronomy 4:7 So Great A Nation

Deuteronomy 1:43 A Presumptuous Sin

Deuteronomy 1:43 (KJV)
So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill.

The thing that they presumed to do was the very thing that God had previously told them to do (but they would not). Their presumption was that they could do what God wanted them to do without following the direction of Moses. They had disobeyed Moses in refusing to enter at Kadesh-Barnea. Here they disobeyed Moses in entering there against his counsel. The price was destruction. They were chased out as if by bees. 

Not everyone died, but many did. The survivors came home weeping before the Lord. But they had lost the ear of God through their disobedience. We learn in the Book of Hebrews that this whole episode was a lack of faith. 

And so it is today. Some, maybe most, presume to serve God. They have heard before what the will of God is, so they choose to do that, only without the direction of a man of God. It’s why so many Christians gad about from place to place. It’s as if a tiny bee is all that is required to run them off. They may survive their lack of faith and obedience but:

  • They will lose many of their loved ones 
  • They will come home weeping and
  • They will lose the ear of God in their prayers 

This lack of faith is devastating our land right now. How we need Christians to repent, turn to the Lord, connect tightly with their local church and live out their faith there.

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Deuteronomy 1:43 A Presumptuous Sin

Numbers 35:8 God Is Fair

Numbers 35:8 (KJV)
And the cities which ye shall give shall be of the possession of the children of Israel: from them that have many ye shall give many; but from them that have few ye shall give few: every one shall give of his cities unto the Levites according to his inheritance which he inheriteth.

This world is not fair. A person is wise to understand that and deal with it. But God is abundantly fair. He is gracious, bestowing rain on the evil as well as the good.[1] Christ died for all, even those whom He knows will reject Him.[2]While the world’s systems favor those of wealth and power, God is no respecter of persons.[3]

Here is a demonstration of this equality. God required of the children of Israel to provide cities for the Levites. But He specified it ought to be done fairly. Those tribes that had many were to give many. Those tribes with few were to give few. 

Tithing is a formal practice of this principle. If all give ten percent, those with more give more and those with less give less. Still, everyone gives equally in the tithe. 

The offering Paul received for Jerusalem in 2 Corinthians 8-9 is of this same nature. Though he did ask them to give bountifully,[4] it was specified that they give according to their portion.[5]

God is generous, gracious, and no respecter of persons. 


[1] Matthew 5:45 (KJV)
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

[2] Romans 5:8 (KJV)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
2 Corinthians 5:15 (KJV)
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

[3] Acts 10:34 (KJV)
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

[4] 2 Corinthians 9:6 (KJV)
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

[5] 1 Corinthians 16:2 (KJV)
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

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Numbers 35:8 God Is Fair

Numbers 31:8 He Failed the Fine Line

Numbers 31:8 (KJV)
And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

Balaam attempted to walk this very fine line between obeying God and enjoying the rewards of worldliness. Although the Bible never says that he cursed Israel, it does say that he taught Israel to sin in compromise.[1] It also says he lived for reward.[2] Here it says he died with the Midianites. 

To stand with God means to separate from the world. It is not possible to be a friend of this world and a friend of God at the same time.


[1] Revelation 2:14 (KJV)
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

[2] Jude 1:11 (KJV)
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

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Numbers 31:8 He Failed the Fine Line