1 – “Therefore Levi has no portion or inheritance with his brothers. The Lord is his inheritance, as the Lord your God said to him.)” (Deuteronomy 10:9, ESV)
RAF: Now, as we are a “royal priesthood” 1 Peter 2:9, and we receive the “earnest of our inheritance” Ephesians 1:14 in the Holy Spirit – we see that the Levitical priesthood was a type of the Christian. As their inheritance is God and not earthly plots of ground – so ours. Imagine, we inherit the fullness of God.
2 – “Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it.” “Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.” (Deuteronomy 10:14-15, ESV)
RAF: He chose neither them or us out of gain – but out of love.
3 – “then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves.” (Deuteronomy 11:23, ESV)
RAF: It is the Lord’s intent that sin be dispossessed, and His kingdom rule within. We can be assured that the power of Heaven is on our side in this pursuit.
4 – “You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way.” (Deuteronomy 12:4, ESV)
RAF: God is not only to BE worshiped – He has a WAY He is to be worshiped. He makes His worship to be different than that of false gods and idols, and we are not to import those ideas into our worship as though this is a light manner. Our worship must reflect who He is, and what He has done in Christ Jesus. Worship is not generic religionism.
5 – “And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God in all that you undertake.” (Deuteronomy 12:18e, ESV)
RAF: Would to God we would remember this one thing only – to rejoice before Him in all we undertake. We are to live like the Cross mattered.
6 – ” “When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’” (Deuteronomy 12:29-30, ESV)
RAF: We can be far too concerned with the mechanics of sin – rather than being experts in righteousness.
7 – ““If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-4, ESV)
RAF: No matter how miraculously one may be able to present themselves, if what they teach and preach does not lead you to Christ – reject them.
8 – ““If you hear in one of your cities, which the Lord your God is giving you to dwell there, that certain worthless fellows have gone out among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently. And behold, if it be true and certain that such an abomination has been done among you,” (Deuteronomy 13:12-14, ESV)
RAF: It is our duty to search out those in the Church who draw men away from Christ and to deal with them. They are not to be ignored.
9 – ““You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 17:1, ESV)
RAF: Give God your best.
10 – ” “When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,’ you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’ And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.” (Deuteronomy 17:14-17, ESV)
RAF: Israel’s kings must be:
a. One of the masses. Not an outsider. Leadership in the Church must be truly Christ’s as well.
b. Not given to war. Horses were acquired in order to fight. Israel’s Kings were not to try and exceed the earthly boundaries God had given. We have a field of endeavor to labor in. Our ministry is an ambassadorship of God’s peace because of Christ. The Kingdom advances in men’s hearts, not in lands and territories.
c. Not given to seeking status. The acquisition of many wives was a symbol to the nations of status and power. We are not to seek the world’s symbols of status and power.
d. Not given to increasing personal wealth. The goal is to serve, not to get. Our treasures are to be in Heaven.
11 – ““And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.” (Deuteronomy 17:18-20, ESV)
RAF: What a command. No king could ever plead ignorance of God’s will, having a copy of the Law written in his own hand. And this is the copy he is to read. Leadership in the Church MUST know God’s word as though it were their own.
12 – “And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:19, ESV)
RAF: You cannot reject Christ and be safe. He is the “Word” of God.
13 – “You shall not move your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set, in the inheritance that you will hold in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.” (Deuteronomy 19:14, ESV)
RAF: God sets boundaries. They are not to be altered.
14 – “then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.” (Deuteronomy 19:19, ESV)
RAF: God is no supporter of frivolous lawsuits, false accusations or lawsuits designed to harm another. We would do well to listen. A false accusation is taken VERY seriously.
15 – “ “When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 20:1, ESV)
RAF: Child of God – do not tremble either at the World, the Flesh or the Devil. The Lord your God is with you!
16 – “And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’” (Deuteronomy 20:2-4, ESV)
RAF: It is not the least of a minister’s duties to encourage God’s people against these foes.
17 – ““When you besiege a city for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them. You may eat from them, but you shall not cut them down. Are the trees in the field human, that they should be besieged by you? Only the trees that you know are not trees for food you may destroy and cut down, that you may build siegeworks against the city that makes war with you, until it falls.” (Deuteronomy 20:19-20, ESV)
RAF: Even in war it is not right to rape the land.