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Deuteronomy - Chapter 18

Bible Study Notes
Deuteronomy 18:1-8 The Levites have no land inheritance, but food offerings and the Lord is their inheritance. The people shall give the priests the shoulder, two cheeks, and stomach of ox and sheep. They shall get the firstfruits of their brother’s (the other tribes) grain, wine, oil, and fleece from the sheep.

Notes: The Levites lived in the cities assigned to them throughout the land.

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 The Israelites shall not practice any of the abominable practices of the nations of the lands they are about to possess, such as offering their children as an offering, and those that practice witchcraft of any kind. The destruction of the Canaanites is not an attack on an innocent people. It is God’s judgment against abominable sin.

Notes: Moses gave a strict injunction not to copy, imitate, or do what the polytheistic Canaanites did.

Deuteronomy 18:15-22 Moses foretells that God will raise up someday a prophet like Moses (He is talking about Jesus), and it is He that they shall listen to. God will do this because the Israelites feared to hear God's voice from heaven unless they die. Instead, God will become flesh and speak to them. Jesus will speak everything His father commands Him to speak. God will require everyone to obey everything this Prophet tells them. A prophet not sent by God or speaks via another God shall not be listened to, but shall be put to death. The test of a false prophet is that everything he speaks must come to be.

Notes: Jesus was like Moses in several other ways: 1) he was spared death as a baby, 2) he renounced a royal court, 3) he had compassion on his people, 4) he made intercession for the people, 5) he spoke with God face to face, and 6) he was the mediator of a covenant.

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