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Deuteronomy - Chapter 27

Bible Study Notes
Deuteronomy 27:1-8 When the Israelites cross the Jordan they shall build large stones with plaster and write on them all the laws. They shall build an altar without tools (uncut stone) and offer burnt offerings the Lord along with peace offerings with rejoicing.

Notes: Upon arrival in the Land of Promise, under Joshua, large stone pillars were to be erected. Following the method used in Egypt, they were to be prepared for writing by whitewashing with plaster. When the law was written on the stones, the white background would make it clearly visible and easily read. These inscribed stones were to offer constant testimony to all people and coming generations of their relationship to God and his law.

Deuteronomy 27:9-26 Moses instructed the tribes to stand on two mountains, one as a blessing and the other a curse. Mount Gerizim was for the blessing, the tribes being Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. Mount Ebal for the curse, the tribes being Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. The Levites shall then proclaim the curses to Israel representing Mount Ebal. The blessings are proclaimed in Chapter 28.

The curses: 
No carved image to worship in the place of God.
Do not dishonor parents.
Do not move property landmarks.
Do not mislead a blind person in the direction they are going.
Do not pervert justice to the sojourner, fatherless, and widow.
Do not lie with your father’s wife.
Do not lie with animals.
Do not lie with your sister.
Do not lie with your mother-in-law.
Do not strike down your neighbor in secret.
Do not take a bribe to shed innocent blood.
Do not confirm the words of these laws by doing them.

Notes: Total obedience is demanded by the law and required by God. Only the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished this. All the people agreed to be obedient, a promise they would soon violate.

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