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02 May, 2016

Search The Scriptures —Study 18 — Deuteronomy 26

Study 18 From The Book of Deuteronomy is: Deuteronomy 26

This chapter concludes both the social regulations and also the whole section of the specific laws to be observed by the people in the promised land.
1.      Verses 1-11: the law of first-fruits, to be given to God, in acknowledgement of His mercies. In what way did the law require each Israelite to reflect upon and give thanks for national mercies, and for what mercies was he specially to give thanks?  Have not we far greater cause to do this? Cf. Ps. 103: 1-5; Col. 1:12-14.
2.     Verses 12-16: the law of tithes, to be given to their ministers, and to others unable to provide for themselves. Note how richly God promises to give to those who thus give to Him and to others. Cf. 14:28, 29; Pr. 3:9, 10; Mal. 3:8-12; Lk. 6:38.
3.     Verses 16-19 are the closing exhortation of the discourse begun in chapter 5. What covenant obligations did God and Israel respectively undertake? What may we learn from these verses concerning God’s purposes for us as His covenant people?