Through the Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 23-26

This Week’s Reading Schedule

Tuesday’s (today’s) Bible Reading is Deuteronomy 23-26
Wednesday, Mar. 14: Deuteronomy 27-30
Thursday, Mar. 15: Deuteronomy 31-34
Friday, Mar. 16: Psalm 1-5

The overall year’s plan is here.

Deuteronomy 23 (Mature)

The Law gets down to some details that I am not going to discuss.

Other details in this chapter are quite interesting, including the fact that the Israelites were not to charge interest to each other. Between that practice and the years of Jubilee it ensured that Israel could not have a debt problem.

Deuteronomy 24: Law of Divorce

Deuteronomy 24 begins with Israel’s law of divorce. Jesus has things to say about God’s real feelings about divorce in Matthew 19:3-12.

Deuteronomy 24: Respect

I find a lot of the laws in Deut. 24 have to do with respect. The chapter does mention being careful about leprosy. You don’t want something to begin and then spread, but the rest of the chapter shows the immense respect that the Israelites should have for one another.

Deuteronomy 25: The Judges

It is the judges who get to decree punishments in Israel. When the Law mentions "a tooth for a tooth," that is not a punishment that individuals can dish out. That is dished out by the judges.

Deuteronomy 25:4: Don’t Muzzle the Ox

This law, easy to skip over, is used by Paul to provide insight into how God sees the Law in 1 Cor. 9:8-14.

Deuteronomy 26: The Tithe

I missed out discussing the tithe in Deuteronomy 14, but as you can see in that chapter and this one, the tithe was not a batch of money used to support the temple. There were other taxes, such as the redemption of the firstborn and sacrifices, that supported the temple and priests.

The tithe was shared with all the needy of the town, usually at the feasts (see Deut. 14).

The community, mutual respect, and unity of Israel was important. The feasts, where the tithes were eaten and shared among the Israelites from each city, was a time of bringing the Israelites together.

This is going to be controversial to say, but tithing is simply not a New Testament principle. You will never find it mentioned in any of the letters to the churches, nor discussed in the early Christian writings.

In fact, history will show that tithing was reinstated in France under Pepin the Short to help support the monks in the 8th century.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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