Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 18-19
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
God made continuing provision for the priests and Levites who served Him in ministry. Their inheritance was the Lord, and they were to be provided for through the tithes and offerings of God's people. The same is true today. Through our tithes and offerings we continue to provide for those who do the Gospel ministry among us. While ministry is precious to God other things are detestable, including child sacrifice, sorcery and witchcraft, and consulting a medium. The One True God speaks through prophets, not mediums, and Deuteronomy 18:15 is a prophecy of the greatest Prophet of them all, God's own Son, Jesus Christ. The complete inheritance of the Promised Land by God's people was conditional upon following the Law of the Lord. Initially there were to be three cities of refuge, six if the Lord enlarged their territory. These cities were a place of refuge for anyone who unintentionally or accidentally killed another. If, however, someone who intentionally killed another tried to flee to a city of refuge the elders of his town were to see that justice was meted out against him. Because He knows our sinful nature, God also established the need for two witnesses before anyone could be convicted of a crime, so that no one would be convicted by the false testimony of a lying individual. The standard of justice was "life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." In other words, the punishment was to fit the crime.