Deuteronomy--4 (Deuteronomy 4:1-31)Geoff Volker, Unknown Date
Part of the Unraveling Deuteronomy series, preached at a Midweek Meeting service
God Calls Israel to Obedience
Do Not Add or Subtract
Israel is warned not to add or subtract from the Mosaic Law. Personal preference cannot affect law keeping.
Believers in the New Covenant era are told to do everything for the glory of God. Adding to or subtracting from God’s word falsely represents our God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Tampering with Scripture is always wrong. Revelation 22:18-19
Tragedy at Baal Peor
At Baal Peor Israel engaged in false worship with the Moabites, which resulted in God’s judgment on Israel. Numbers 25:1-18
God calls Israel to perseverance, even though most of them were unbelievers. Rom 11:22
Excellence of the Mosaic Law
The Mosaic Law sets Israel apart from all the nations. Leviticus 19:27-28
Benefits of being the nation of Israel. Romans 9:1-5
God’s law is always good. Romans 7:7-12, Leviticus 19:20-22
Demands of the Old Covenant
God’s word is to be always before you. Romans 12:2
The Ten Commandments are a summary of the requirements of the Old Covenant, a works covenant. 2 Corinthians 3
The Ten Commandments as the ten are not for today. John 13:34-35
Beware of Idolatry
Israelites were not allowed to make any image of their God.
In the New Testament God became man in Jesus Christ and so we can understand God as a God-man. John 1:1-18
The sin of idolatry comes in many forms for believers in the New Covenant era.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Col 3:5
God is a Jealous God
When we say that God is a Jealous God we must remove from our definition anything characteristic that is sinful. 1 John 1:5
God is a Jealous in the sense that he will not allow any one or any thing to be above him.
Warning Regarding the Future
If the Israelites do not persevere they will be thrown out of the Promised Land.
If the Israelites seek the Lord will all their heart, they will be saved. Rom 9:6-9, Gal 3:29