Mo 6/12Tu 6/13We 6/14Th 6/15Fr 6/16Sa 6/17Su 6/18
Deut. 17
Ps. 104
Deut. 18
Ps. 105
Deut. 19
Ps. 106
Deut. 20
Ps. 107
Deut. 21
Pss. 108–109
Deut. 22
Pss. 110–111
Deut. 23
Pss. 112–113

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Pay attention to this recurring statement throughout our reading in Deuteronomy this week: “Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.” Those words appear (with slight variations) in at least 13:5, 17:7, 17:12, 19:19, 21:21, 22:21, 22:22, 22:24, and 24:7.

This principle of purging evil from among the people of God has at least three applications in our lives today:

  1. God has tasked civil authorities with punishing evil, including the execution of those who commit heinous crimes. This is obvious in the law given to Israel, but we know it extends beyond the people of Israel because of God’s broader commands elsewhere in Scripture. Before the giving of the Mosaic Law, God said, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man” (Gen. 9:6). In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul writes that the civil magistrate “is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil” (Rom. 13:4).
  2. We are to put sin to death in our lives. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 6:6, “Our old self was crucified with Him [Christ], in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.” He goes on in Romans 8:13 to tell us, “If by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” In Galatians 5:24, the same apostle writes, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
  3. The church is to “Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.” The requirement of God to put sin to death applies not only on an individual level, but on a corporate level. In 1 Corinthians 5:13, the Apostle Paul directly quotes Deuteronomy’s instructions when telling the church how to deal with an immoral man in their midst. Although the church has not been given the sword like the civil authority has, it has been given a requirement from the Lord to make judgments about those who live in open sin within the number of God’s people. In extreme cases, the church is to treat a so-called brother who is living in obvious sin as an unbeliever, which is to say, as one who is dead in his sins. This is, in a way, to proclaim a spiritual sentence of death.

Shadows of the Coming Christ

In the midst of God’s Old Testament law, we are given glimpses of the coming Christ. Here are a couple of places in our reading this week which Jesus may have explained to that pair of disciples on the road to Emmaus when, “beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27):

Deuteronomy 18:15 – “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.” When the Jews ask John the Baptist if he is “the Prophet” (John 1:21), they are most likely speaking of the coming prophet spoken of by Moses. In Acts 3:22, the Apostle Peter explicitly says this prophecy by Moses was talking about Jesus.

Deuteronomy 21:23 – “He who is hanged [on a tree] is accursed of God.” Galatians 3:13 references this statement from Deuteronomy when it teaches us how Jesus bore the curse of the law on the cross for our sake.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Praise the LORD!

How blessed is the man who fears the LORD,

Who greatly delights in His commandments.

—Psalm 112:1

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise the Lord for His promise to put an end to all evil.
  • Confession – Confess sins you have been reluctant to put to death in your life.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank Jesus for coming and becoming a curse for us so that we might have the blessings of God.
  • Supplication – Pray for God to purify His church by removing those who promote immorality among the people of God.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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