November 20, 2017: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Deuteronomy 16-19
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Commentary: Moses speaks of the three main feasts the Israelites were to celebrate. The feasts were to remind the Israelites of all the Lord has done for them and of the difficulties they have experienced. The Lord also provided instructions for judges, kings, priests, and prophets. The Israelites were to worship the Lord God and no other. They were to wary of false prophets. False prophets may predict some true events, but a true prophets will always be accurate, in all predictions. Cities of refuge were for accidental killings and in order for a person to be convicted of a crime, there must be at least two witnesses. This was to prevent false accusations.
Focus Verses: 18:9-14 Many of the practices listed here are still widely used today, sometimes under a different name. Often, it is seen as harmless fun. What do you think? Are these activities harmless if you do not believe in them? Why would the Lord forbid them entirely?