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Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 13:1-14:21
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie

The test of a true prophet was whether or not his words came true. God warned, however, that even if a prophet's words came true and he told Israel to follow other gods, they must not listen to him. God would test Israel in this manner, to see if they truly loved Him with all their heart. God warned that even if your closest family member were to entice you to idolatry you must not give in, and you must not protect them. Jesus words reflect this same command: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26). By these words, then, Jesus claimed His status as True God. The harsh judgment of death, which God prescribed for enticement to idolatry, was to ensure that no one would do that again. Even an entire town that was proven guilty of idolatry was to be destroyed. God prescribed clean and unclean animals for Israel, to separate them from their pagan neighbors. The Israelites were not to eat any animal that was already dead since the blood would still be in the animal. In this way, God set apart His people from all others. So too, Jesus said: "If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you" (John 15:19).


Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 13:1-14:21
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie

The test of a true prophet was whether or not his words came true. God warned, however, that even if a prophet's words came true and he told Israel to follow other gods, they must not listen to him. God would test Israel in this manner, to see if they truly loved Him with all their heart. God warned that even if your closest family member were to entice you to idolatry you must not give in, and you must not protect them. Jesus words reflect this same command: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26). By these words, then, Jesus claimed His status as True God. The harsh judgment of death which God prescribed for enticement to idolatry was to ensure that no one would do that again. Even an entire town that was proven guilty of idolatry was to be destroyed. God prescribed clean and unclean animals for Israel, to separate them from their pagan neighbors. The Israelites were not to eat any animal that was already dead since the blood would still be in the animal. In this way, God set apart His people from all others. So to, Jesus said: "If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you" (John 15:19).



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