Lessons From The Law

The Blind & The Deaf

Leviticus 19:14 — “Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.” In this command we see God’s deep concern for vulnerable people — a concern that is apparent all over the Law. We also see it in His dealings with Israel,…

Reasons & Motivations

Deuteronomy 5:12-15, 15:12-15 & 24:17-22 — When God gave Israel the Law He answered the “why” question. He gave His people reasons for the commandments and these were supposed to serve as motivation to obey them. In this study, we consider one reason in particular and we see how it carries over into God’s dealings with…

A Law For Little Birds

Deuteronomy 22:6-7 — “If a bird’s nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground… thou shalt not take the mother bird with the young…” It is remarkable that in the great Mosaic Law God gave His people a specific commandment about how they were to treat little birds! This is certainly…

Clothing, Gender & Transgender

Deuteronomy 22:5 — “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” This is a fairly simple and straightforward command and yet it has deep roots. It goes all the way back to…

Witchcraft & Magic – What’s It Really All About?

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 — It’s no exaggeration to say that there has been an explosion in the proliferation of pagan spirituality in Western societies. Beliefs and practices associated with witchcraft (Wicca) and neo-paganism are very much mainstream and growing in popularity. It’s probably also true that most Christians don’t have a great understanding of this belief…

Haircuts, Tattoos & Body Modification

Leviticus 19:27-28 — “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you…” The Children of Israel were forbidden from having tattoos and other body modifications that involved cutting. In this study we think about why the LORD prohibited these practices and whether this command has any relevance…

The Central Sanctuary

Deuteronomy 12:1-28 — “There shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you…” When Israel took possession of its Promised Land, the LORD would choose a place where He would dwell and that was where Israel was…

Dead Bodies & Gospel Grace

Numbers 9:1-11 — According to the Old Testament Law, contact with a dead body made a person ceremonially unclean. Those who were unclean were unable to participate in the sacrificial meal that was part of certain offerings. So what happened when two men who’d been in contact with a dead body wanted to participate in…

Forbidden Fruit

Leviticus 19:23-25 — When the people of Israel planted fruit trees they were forbidden from eating the fruit for the first three seasons. In the fourth season all the fruit was to be dedicated to the LORD. It was only in the fifth season that the fruit could be eaten or taken to market. What…

Essential Oil

Exodus 30:22-33 — In this text we have the recipe for a special oil that was to be used to anoint all of the objects in the Tabernacle, the tent itself and the priests. We begin with a little study on the ingredients of this oil and then we talk about five of its most…