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Outline of Deuteronomy 12

Monuments of idolatry to be destroyed. (Verse 1-4.)

The place of God's service to be kept. (Verse 5-32.)


Read Deuteronomy 12:1-4

Verse 1-4 — Moses comes to the statutes he had to give in charge to Israel; and begins with such as relate to the worship of God. The Israelites are charged not to bring the rites and usages of idolaters into the worship of God; not under colour of making it better. We cannot serve God and mammon; nor worship the true God and idols; nor depend upon Christ Jesus and upon superstitious or self-righteous confidences.

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Read Deuteronomy 12:5-32

Verse 5-32 — The command to bring ALL the sacrifices to the door of the tabernacle, was now explained with reference to the promised land. As to moral service, then, as now, men might pray and worship every where, as they did in their synagogues. The place which God would choose, is said to be the place where he would put his name. It was to be his habitation, where, as King of Israel, he would be found by all who reverently sought him. Now, under the gospel, we have no temple or altar that sanctifies the gift but Christ only: and as to the places of worship, the prophets foretold that in every place the spiritual incense should be offered, Malachi

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Read Deuteronomy 12:Joh

Verse John —

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