Deuteronomy 25-27

Thursday Evening Bible Study

January 13, 2011


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The name Deuteronomy means “second law”. It is Moses’ final address to the people. It covers the last 1˝ months of Moses’ life. He’s 120 years old. It’s God’s “review” for the people to make sure they understand His ways before they go into the land.

Deuteronomy 25

25:1-3 Righteous judgment

:1 “If there is a dispute between men, and they come to court, that the judges may judge them, and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked,

:2 then it shall be, if the wicked man deserves to be beaten, that the judge will cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence, according to his guilt, with a certain number of blows.

:3 Forty blows he may give him and no more, lest he should exceed this and beat him with many blows above these, and your brother be humiliated in your sight.

:2 be beaten in his presence

In other cultures, a prisoner might be beaten in some dungeon, away from the presence of the judge. But in God’s ways, the judge was to see the punishment he had ordered.

:3 forty stripes … and not exceed

The Jews actually would only give out 39 lashes, not because they were merciful, but in order to make sure they didn’t break the Law of Moses. Just in case someone miscounted, they were cautious not to break this law.

In actual practice, the Jews developed a whip with three cords, and the prisoner was beaten thirteen times, making 39 stripes (3 x 13).

Paul knew all about it.

(2 Co 11:23–24 NKJV) —23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. 24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.


Fair discipline

This can apply to us as parents as we are trying to discipline our children.
We shouldn’t be over-doing our discipline or giving more than the behavior requires.
Excessive punishment can break a person’s spirit. The unfairness of it can do great damage.
There is a lesson too about humiliation
When we had to discipline our children, the usual thing was to take the offending child into a bedroom away from the rest of the family so he didn’t have to be punished in front of the others.

:4 Muzzling an ox

:4 “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.

:4 not muzzle an ox

An ox would be used to thresh the grain by having it walk over the grain, separating the grain from the chaff. If the ox gets hungry as he’s doing his work in your grain bin, let him eat.

Twice Paul used this verse to say that a person who works hard in ministry ought to be able to make a living off of what he’s doing. (see also 1Tim. 5:17-18)

(1 Co 9:9–11 NKJV) —9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about? 10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?

 (1 Tim 5:17-18 KJV)  Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. {18} For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

:5-10 Levirate Law

The Latin word for “brother-in-law” is levir. This next passage is about the responsibility of a “brother-in-law” to his brother’s wife.

:5 “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the widow of the dead man shall not be married to a stranger outside the family; her husband’s brother shall go in to her, take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.

:6 And it shall be that the firstborn son which she bears will succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel.

:7 But if the man does not want to take his brother’s wife, then let his brother’s wife go up to the gate to the elders, and say, ‘My husband’s brother refuses to raise up a name to his brother in Israel; he will not perform the duty of my husband’s brother.’

:8 Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak to him. But if he stands firm and says, ‘I do not want to take her,’

:9 then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the presence of the elders, remove his sandal from his foot, spit in his face, and answer and say, ‘So shall it be done to the man who will not build up his brother’s house.’

:10 And his name shall be called in Israel, ‘The house of him who had his sandal removed.’

:6 her husband’s brother

The practice of a man raising up a name for a deceased brother who had no offspring was a custom that actually predated Moses.

When Judah’s son Er died without having had a child with his wife Tamar, Judah made Er’s brother Onan marry Tamar to produce offspring (Gen. 38:8).
(Ge 38:8 NKJV) —8 And Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother.”

The Sadducees (Mat. 22:23-33) used this law to try and trap Jesus. They set up a story where there were seven brothers – the first one marries and then dies. The next brother takes the woman as a wife, then dies. One after another they all marry the gal and died.

The Sadducees then asked the big question: When they are all in heaven, who is married to the gal?
They thought they had Jesus trapped. Actually, I think a better question would be to ask about the woman’s cooking.
Jesus answered the Sadducees by saying that they simply didn’t know the Scriptures nor the power of God, and that there is no marriage in heaven.

:6 that his name may not be blotted out

This was the purpose behind the law, to keep the family line of the brother going and to keep the property within the family.


Marrying a family

If you were about to married under these laws of Israel, I think you’d want to pay attention to who your in-laws were. If you were a gal marrying a guy, you’d probably want to make sure you could stand his brother (if he had any). If you were a guy and your brother was getting married, you’d probably want to make sure that he marries a nice gal. After all, you may get stuck with each other.
This is kind of a controversial subject, but it’s one I think we ought to consider. When you marry a person, there is a sense that you are gaining a new family, your spouse’s.
I’ve heard a person say to their spouse, “I married you, not your mother”. Then they will proceed to alienate their spouse from their mother. There is a point where this is completely appropriate since we are to “leave” our parents’ influence and “cleave” to our spouse.
But I’ve also seen a type of abuse over the years where one spouse works hard to alienate their spouse’s family.
I think when a couple marry, there’s a fine line they need to walk where they on one hand “leave” the influence of their family, yet on the other hand they need to continue to show love and respect toward their family as well.

:9 remove his sandal … spit in his face

This act signified that he had abandoned his duty. It was a kind of sign of degradation, that the man was becoming poorer by having to go barefoot. The city officials would keep the sandal as evidence of the transaction.

Spitting in a person’s face was a sign of contempt.

:10 The house of him who had his sandal removed

We see this whole law played out in the book of Ruth.

When Ruth’s husband dies, her mother-in-law takes her back to the family home in Bethlehem to see if there is a “near kinsman” who will “redeem” her.

This law was what brought Ruth and Boaz together.

First they had to check with a relative who was nearer to the family, but that guy ended up saying “no” and he lost his shoe.
Ruth and Boaz were the great grandparents of King David.

25:11-16 Fairness

:11 “If two men fight together, and the wife of one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of the one attacking him, and puts out her hand and seizes him by the genitals,

:12 then you shall cut off her hand; your eye shall not pity her.

:11 seizes him by the genitals

These verses are about fairness in fighting. Don’t hit below the belt.

It was okay for a wife to help defend her husband, but there are certain lines that shouldn’t be crossed.


Fair fighting

When you are fighting with another individual (hopefully not violently), there are things that just aren’t fair.
I believe that within marriage, there are going to be times when you fight, when you “disagree”. I don’t think that a healthy marriage is one where there are no fights, I believe that in a healthy marriage you know how to fight fairly. No “hitting below the belt”.
As you grow in your marriage, you will know more and more about the other person. You will know the things that encourage the other person, but you will also know what kinds of things can devastate the other person.
It’s inevitable that every once in a while you’re going to accidentally walk into a “mine field” by talking about a subject that is very hurtful to your spouse. All you can do is apologize and do your best to make up.
But you also need to realize that you have just found a weakness in the other person that you must NEVER ever exploit. You have found one of those “red buttons” that can cause great damage in the other person and you must vow to never fight by pressing those “red buttons”.
There’s even a penalty when you hit “below the belt”. The woman was to have her hand cut off. That’s about the most useful part of your body.
When you fight “dirty” in relationships, you lose a sense of all usefulness, you destroy the ability to do constructive work, you only hurt yourself.

:13 “You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a heavy and a light.

:14 You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small.

:15 You shall have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure, that your days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

:16 For all who do such things, all who behave unrighteously, are an abomination to the LORD your God.

These verses are about fairness in business transactions.

:13 differing weights

This has to do with measuring stuff. If you have a balance scale, you’d set a weight on one side, and pour whatever you were measuring on the other side until the scale balanced. If you had two different “weights” that were both supposedly one pound, and you were a sneaky thief, you would use the smaller weight for selling things and a larger weight for buying things. That would be an easy way to increase your “profit margin”.



The point is that we need to handle all our transactions impartially. We need to use the same weight to sell things as we do to buy things.
A man went to buy a parrot. The pet shop owner pointed out three identical parrots and said, “The parrot to the right costs 500 dollars.” “Why does that parrot cost so much?” the man wondered. The owner replied, “Well, it knows how to use a computer.” The man asked about the next parrot. “That one costs 1,000 dollars because it can do everything the other parrot can do, plus it knows how to use the LINUX operating system.” Naturally, the startled customer asked about the third parrot. “That one costs 2,000 dollars.” “And what does that one do?” the man asked. The owner replied, “To be honest, I’ve never seen him do a thing, but the other two call him Boss.”
We need to treat each person with the same standard that we treat others or how we would want to be treated ourselves.
James warns the church against showing favoritism to wealthy people.
(Jas 2:9 NKJV) but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

25:17-19 Amalek Destruction

:17 “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt,

:18 how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God.

:19 Therefore it shall be, when the LORD your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.

:17 Remember what Amalek did

The tribe of Amalek were descendants of Esau’s grandson (cf. Gen. 36:12)

When the Israelites first came out of Egypt and were wandering in the wilderness looking for water, it was the Amalekites who attacked them (Ex. 17:8-16).

(Ex 17:8–16 NKJV) —8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-LORD-Is-My-Banner; 16 for he said, “Because the LORD has sworn: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”


Dealing with the flesh

For some, Amalek is a type or “picture” of the flesh.
My own sin nature loves to try and destroy me, especially when I’m weak.
1. Kill it
God would command Saul (1Sam. 15) to kill the Amalekites, but he didn’t do a very good job at it. In the end, Saul was killed by an Amalekite.
Too often I want to pamper my flesh. I don’t want to get “too tough” on myself.
My feelings get hurt over something and my poor “flesh” wants a treat.

But victory over our sin nature doesn’t come from coddling, it comes from crucifying.

(Ro 8:13 NKJV) For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

2. Prayer
Moses lifting up his hands is a picture of prayer and surrender.
Yet Moses had a hard time keeping his hands up in the air.

Aaron and Hur helped Moses. It’s a good thing to have friends who can help you keep your hands up.

Deuteronomy 26

The next chapter is a ritual that Israelites were to perform after they had come into the Promised Land. It’s all about remembering who they are, where they’ve come from, and who is responsible for their being in the land.

It apparently was supposed to take place on the third year after they had come into the land.

26:1-15 Giving Thanks

:1 “And it shall be, when you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it,

:2 that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide.

:3 And you shall go to the one who is priest in those days, and say to him, ‘I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come to the country which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us.’

:4 “Then the priest shall take the basket out of your hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God.

:5 And you shall answer and say before the LORD your God: ‘My father was a Syrian, about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous.

:5 My father was a Syrian

Jacob, the father of the Israelites had lived quite a while in the land of Syria. Eventually the family migrated to Egypt. There were seventy “Israelites” when they went to Egypt, there were over 2 million when they left.

:6 But the Egyptians mistreated us, afflicted us, and laid hard bondage on us.

:7 Then we cried out to the LORD God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and looked on our affliction and our labor and our oppression.

:8 So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders.

:9 He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, “a land flowing with milk and honey”;

:10 and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me.’ “Then you shall set it before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God.

:10 brought the firstfruits

This ceremony is an acknowledgment of what God has done.

:11 So you shall rejoice in every good thing which the LORD your God has given to you and your house, you and the Levite and the stranger who is among you.

:11 rejoice in every good thing


Rejoice in God’s blessings

We need to step back every once in a while and realize just how much God has given us.
Sadly, we often don’t think about God’s blessings until some of them are taken away.

I often am not that grateful about my good health … until it’s gone.

I think this is along the lines of what Solomon meant when he wrote,
(Ec 2:24 NKJV) Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.
Life is difficult when we are constantly looking at what others have and we want it too. But we can find contentment when we look at the good things that God has given us, and learn to say, “thanks”.
I personally was blessed with the GM “Thank You” commercial that came out this year. PlayThank You” clip.
We need to be people who say “thanks”.
(Heb 13:15 NKJV) Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Keep in mind, this is the attitude for those bringing their “gifts” to the Lord.
(2 Co 9:7 NKJV) So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

Jon Courson: “Tithing is not a time for tears, but a time for cheers.”

 Our giving to the Lord should be out of gratitude and acknowledgment of what He’s done for us.

:12 “When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third year— the year of tithing—and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled,

:13 then you shall say before the LORD your God: ‘I have removed the holy tithe from my house, and also have given them to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed Your commandments, nor have I forgotten them.

:14 I have not eaten any of it when in mourning, nor have I removed any of it for an unclean use, nor given any of it for the dead. I have obeyed the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according to all that You have commanded me.

:14 when in mourning

The person is saying that even during times when they were sad, they never took from the things that had been dedicated to God to give themselves a “treat”.

:15 Look down from Your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel and the land which You have given us, just as You swore to our fathers, “a land flowing with milk and honey.” ’

:15 bless Your people


Ask for blessings

I think that sometimes we have a hard time with this. We can become so aware of our own “unworthiness” that we feel that God must not want to bless us.
Some things God gives to us unconditionally. We call that grace. We didn’t ask. He just gives.
Some things require that we “ask”.
Mr. Jones Goes To Heaven
There’s a little fable about a Mr. Jones who dies and goes to heaven. Peter is waiting at the gates to give him a tour. Amid the splendor of golden streets, beautiful mansions, and choirs of angels that Peter shows him, Mr. Jones notices an odd-looking building. He thinks it looks like an enormous warehouse-it has no windows and only one door. But when he asks to see inside, Peter hesitates. “You really don’t want to see what’s in there,” he tells the new arrival. “Why would there be any secrets in heaven?” Jones wonders. “What incredible surprise could be waiting for me in there?” When the official tour is over he’s still wondering, so he asks again to see inside the structure. Finally Peter relents. When the apostle opens the door, Mr. Jones almost knocks him over in his haste to enter. It turns out that the enormous building is filled with row after row of shelves, floor to ceiling, each stacked neatly with white boxes tied in red ribbons. “These boxes all have names on them,” Mr. Jones muses aloud. Then turning to Peter he asks, “Do I have one?” “Yes, you do.” Peter tries to guide Mr. Jones back outside. “Frankly,” Peter says, “if I were you....” But Mr. Jones is already dashing toward the “J” aisle to find his box. Peter follows, shaking his head. He catches up with Mr. Jones just as he is slipping the red ribbon off his box and popping the lid. Looking inside, Jones has a moment of instant recognition and lets out a deep sigh like the ones Peter has heard so many times before. Because there in Mr. Jones’s white box are all the blessings that God wanted to give to him while he was on earth ... but Mr. Jones had never asked.
“Ask,” promised Jesus, “and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7). “You do not have because you do not ask,” said James (James 4:2). Even though there is no limit to God’s goodness, if you didn’t ask Him for a blessing yesterday you didn’t get all that you were supposed to have. That’s the catch-if you don’t ask for His blessing, you forfeit those that come to you only when you ask. In the same way that a father is honored to have a child beg for his blessing, your Father is delighted to respond generously when His blessing is what you covet most.

- Bruce Wilkinson, The Prayer of Jabez, pgs. 25-27

26:16-19 A Special People

:16 “This day the LORD your God commands you to observe these statutes and judgments; therefore you shall be careful to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.

:17 Today you have proclaimed the LORD to be your God, and that you will walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments, and that you will obey His voice.

:18 Also today the LORD has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments,

:19 and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the LORD your God, just as He has spoken.”

Deuteronomy 27

27:1-10 Written on stone

:1 Now Moses, with the elders of Israel, commanded the people, saying: “Keep all the commandments which I command you today.

:2 And it shall be, on the day when you cross over the Jordan to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, that you shall set up for yourselves large stones, and whitewash them with lime.

:3 You shall write on them all the words of this law, when you have crossed over, that you may enter the land which the LORD your God is giving you, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey,’ just as the LORD God of your fathers promised you.

:4 Therefore it shall be, when you have crossed over the Jordan, that on Mount Ebal you shall set up these stones, which I command you today, and you shall whitewash them with lime.

:3 all the words of this law

When they crossed into the Promised Land, they were to make stone “billboards”, painted white in order to write the Law on them.

Some think just the Ten Commandments were written on them.

Others think the entire book of Deuteronomy was written on them.

:5 And there you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones; you shall not use an iron tool on them.

:6 You shall build with whole stones the altar of the LORD your God, and offer burnt offerings on it to the LORD your God.

:7 You shall offer peace offerings, and shall eat there, and rejoice before the LORD your God.

:8 And you shall write very plainly on the stones all the words of this law.”

:6 whole stones

They were to build an altar out of stones that were uncut.


Uncut worship

This was how God wanted His altars to be built – uncut stones
(Ex 20:25 NKJV) And if you make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone; for if you use your tool on it, you have profaned it.
I think that the point is that God wants the attention to be on Him and the sacrifice, not the instrument that is being used to bring the sacrifice.
We need to be careful that we don’t get caught up looking at the “instrument”, whether it’s a musician or their instrument. Instead, when we worship we ought to be concerned about bringing our “sacrifice”, our praise. I don’t think that means that our songs or music ought to be “plain”, they are the things we bring as sacrifice. In a way, our praise ought to be the best we can bring, sacrifices weren’t supposed to be brought from animals that were defective, but the best of the flock.
And our main goal in worship is to put our attention on the Lord. As important as the sacrifice is, we are bringing our sacrifice in order to draw attention to and honor the Lord. This isn’t always easy because there are times when the music is simply “cool”. And that’s not bad. But we need to work at our hearts in keeping in mind that what we bring is for Him, not for us. He is the audience, not us.

:9 Then Moses and the priests, the Levites, spoke to all Israel, saying, “Take heed and listen, O Israel: This day you have become the people of the LORD your God.

:10 Therefore you shall obey the voice of the LORD your God, and observe His commandments and His statutes which I command you today.”

27:11-26 Curses on Ebal

:11 And Moses commanded the people on the same day, saying,

:12 “These shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people, when you have crossed over the Jordan: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin;

:13 and these shall stand on Mount Ebal to curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

:12-13 Gerizim and Ebal

Play Gerizim/Ebal map clip. These two “mountains” face each other with the city of Shechem between them.

The Israelites were supposed to divide into two groups, one group on each mountain.

Joshua carried out these instructions early on, after he had finished the first two battles, those of Jericho and Ai. (Josh. 8:30-35)

(Jos 8:30–35 NKJV) —30 Now Joshua built an altar to the LORD God of Israel in Mount Ebal, 31 as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses: “an altar of whole stones over which no man has wielded an iron tool.” And they offered on it burnt offerings to the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings. 32 And there, in the presence of the children of Israel, he wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written. 33 Then all Israel, with their elders and officers and judges, stood on either side of the ark before the priests, the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, the stranger as well as he who was born among them. Half of them were in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. 34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law. 35 There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, with the women, the little ones, and the strangers who were living among them.

:14 “And the Levites shall speak with a loud voice and say to all the men of Israel:

:15 ‘Cursed is the one who makes a carved or molded image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’ “And all the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen!’

:15 sets it up in secret

Not just worshipping other “gods” in the open. God cares what you do in secret.

:15 all the people shall answer …

Even though the people were divided with half on one mountain and half on the other mountain, they all responded by saying “Amen”, or, “so be it”.

All the people are shouting their acknowledgment of what God says.

Very dramatic. Practice it…

:16 ‘Cursed is the one who treats his father or his mother with contempt.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

:17 ‘Cursed is the one who moves his neighbor’s landmark.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

:17 landmark

It would be like changing your neighbor’s property lines, stealing their property.

:18 ‘Cursed is the one who makes the blind to wander off the road.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

:19 ‘Cursed is the one who perverts the justice due the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

:19 fatherless … widow

The most helpless people of the ancient world.

:20 ‘Cursed is the one who lies with his father’s wife, because he has uncovered his father’s bed.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

:21 ‘Cursed is the one who lies with any kind of animal.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

:22 ‘Cursed is the one who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

:23 ‘Cursed is the one who lies with his mother-in-law.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

:23 who lies with

Isn’t it strange that there are four lines dedicated to immoral sex?

There is nothing new under the sun.

:24 ‘Cursed is the one who attacks his neighbor secretly.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

:25 ‘Cursed is the one who takes a bribe to slay an innocent person.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

:26 ‘Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ ”

:26 who does not confirm all

Paul used this verse to show that eternal life could NOT be achieved by the keeping of the Law:

(Ga 3:10 NKJV) For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
The purpose of the Law was to show us how far we fall short. God didn’t ask His people to do most of the Laws most of the time, but ALL of the Law ALL of the time.

That’s why we need Jesus.

(Ga 3:13 NKJV) Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)
Jesus took the punishment for our sins so we might be made perfect with God not based on our performance, but based on Jesus’ performance.

Which mountain would you want to be standing on?

We probably would all opt for Gerizim, the “blessing” mountain.
Keep in mind though, it wasn’t just the curse on Ebal, the “altar” was there too.
The place for sacrifice and forgiveness was on the mountain of cursing.
If you feel like you’ve got too much of a “curse”, it’s where the altar is, where the cross was where Jesus became a curse for us.
(Ro 5:20 NKJV) …But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more