Our passage today announces another prophet and then presents numerous instructions for the people of Israel to follow as they enter the land.
- New Prophet – Moses predicts the coming of another great prophet. The New Testament clearly applies this prophecy to Jesus (Acts 3:22-23; 7:37). We must listen to him. Are you?
- Do not fear – When the people of Israel went into battle, they were instructed not to be afraid because the Lord would be with them to fight for them. What battles are you facing in your life? You need not fear for the Lord is with you to help you.
- Laws, Laws, Laws – What to do with all these laws? Laws that restate the 10 Commandments are universal laws we should apply to our lives. Many laws apply the 10 Commandments to life at that time, which may need to be reapplied for our day. Punishments are civil laws to govern the nation of Israel under the Mosaic Covenant, and are not binding on us today. Other laws that are not clearly universal laws belong to the Mosaic Covenant but may teach important principles for us to live by. What can you learn from the laws in our passage today?
- Cursed on a tree – A man who is hung on a tree is cursed by God (21:22-23). As we will see, a man who fails to keep God’s commands is also cursed (27:26). Since we are disobedient, we are under God’s curse. But Jesus took our curse upon himself by being hung on a tree that we might be saved (see Galatians 3:10-14).