Sermons on 3rd Commandment
The food laws in Leviticus and Deuteronomy have always been challenging to Christians. What is the significance of these laws from Deuteronomy 14:1-21? Ultimately these laws were meant to make a distinction between Israel, who was chosen by God and therefore holy, and the world, which is enslaved to death. Not only that, but the doing away of the food laws shows that the nations are no longer in exile but brought near through the blood of Christ.
In Deuteronomy 13:1-18 Moses speaks of the need to put to death false prophets, apostate family members who seek to lead others astray, and entire cities that have turned against the Lord without any pity. The equivalent today is excommunication. Moses roots faithful execution of discipline in the love of God. The primary reason for faithful discipline is love for God and lack of discipline proves a defection in one’s love for God.