The start of Deuteronomy 23 deals with people who are not allowed in the assembly of God. There are various reasons why some people cannot enter in the assembly. Some because of sexual impurities and others because of how they dealt with the Israelites. God is holy, and because of these people’s impurities and their sinfulness, they are not allowed to come to the holy place because they were not holy.
Verses 9-14 talk about how Israel is to keep their army camp clean. This is important, because God was with Israel in their battles against other nations. The Israelites needed to make sure their camp was clean so that they may honor the Lord with their cleanness.
Verses 15-25 contain many different laws, but all are important. Each law in the section is not by accident. There is a purpose for every law that God was giving the Israelites.
God gave Israel all of these laws so that they may know how to live holy. That is why all of these laws are important. Nobody could keep all of the laws that were given. In total, there were 613 laws that Israel were to obey, but luckily nobody’s relationship with God depends on their works. Even people in the Old Testament were justified by faith (Hebrews 11). Everyone should try to follow these laws because they draw us closer to being like God and we should all desire to grow in Christlikeness.
What things has God said not to do that you are currently doing? Will you take time to repent from those?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice