November 2, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Deuteronomy 10-12
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Context: In today’s reading, Moses recounts the carving of the second stone tablets after he destroyed the first. The Lord took care of the Israelites as they came out of Egypt and He will continue to care for them as they enter the Promised Land. Moses, once again, reiterates to the Israelites that they are to love and obey the Lord their God. Throughout Deuteronomy, Moses continues to return to the theme of loving God. Moses also continues to warn them of the consequences of not obeying the Lord. In chapter 12, the Israelites are instructed to destroy all places of worship for false gods. They will build a temple to the Lord and there they are to worship the Lord. They are also given additional dietary instructions, as they would no longer be in such close proximity to the temple to offer every animal they ate for sacrifice, but they were still to only eat clean animals and not the blood.
World History: Many pagan worshipping practices included sacrificing children to these false gods, in some cases by burning them alive. God loves children! This practice was despised by Him. By keeping one central worship point (Jerusalem), the Israelites would not be as likely to fall into idolatry.