Deuteronomy 17 – Kosher Laws, Tithes, and Debt
May 21, 2016
The Hebrews were called to grieve differently and eat differently as a reminder that they were a people set apart for the Lord. Bacon is not inherently sinful to eat, but it was set aside as something the Lord expected His people not to eat. Christ did not abolish the ritual kosher laws for the Jews, but clarified that they did not apply to Christians. However, the moral laws set down in the Old Testament still very much apply to Christians today. God expects a tithe: He expects His people to return a gift of a portion of everything that the He has given them. The Lord specifies laws meant to care for the poor. Parts of the Lord’s tithes were to be shared with widows, and lending laws were such that the poor could not be kept as permanent slaves to debt.
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