Today’s passage: Deuteronomy 14
- The people of Israel were God’s distinct, set apart, chosen people. They were to live in a unique way from the rest of the world.
- This affected the way they were to grieve and mourn their lost loved ones (verse 1)
- This affected the things they were and were not to ear (verses 3-21).
- This affected the way Israelites were to view possessions and stewardship of what God had entrusted to them (verses 22-29).
Questions to consider:
- When God united believing Gentiles and Jews under the New Covenant, what happened to these dietary laws (Acts 10:9-16, 1 Timothy 4:3-5)?
- What foods/meats are you surprised to see were considered clean or unclean?
- What practices are you surprised to see concerning tithing in Old Covenant Israel? What would the benefits have been of tithing? How would giving the first 10% display faith in God more than simply giving out of what is left over at the end of the year?