Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18 - Deuteronomy 17

Today's reading in our daily plan is Deuteronomy 17. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Idolatry was an epidemic among God’s people.  Idolaters would actually construct their worship centers as close to God’s altar as possible.  Their aim was to encourage people to worship both God as well as the other false gods.
  • Verses 8-13 describe the community court system God uses for His people.  The judges were responsible for ridding the community of idolatry as well as restoring focus among God’s people.
  • As God’s people were about to enter the new land, they were preparing to seek out and appoint a king to rule over them (verses 14-20).  All of the great nations of the land had a king ruling them.  In order to feel established, the Israelites desired to appoint a king as well.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • This passage addresses devotion to God.  Though it seems strange to us today, a sacrificial offering was a primary method for sharpening one’s spiritual focus and devotion to God.
  • God’s people rely on the wisdom and accountability of those within the church.  This practice helps keep us spiritually aligned.
  • Devotion to God will distinguish us from others. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • It’s easy to shortchange God.  He is not the center of our lives if all we give Him is our leftovers.  Where do you give God leftovers?  What do you need to do to change that?
  • What are the idols that compete for your devotion and priorities? 
  • How can you take a stand against your idols this week? 
  • Who are some friends that can hold you accountable to your devotion to God?