Deuteronomy 12–13: On Church Discipline, Oracle-Mongers, and Barbecues at the Garden of Eden (Bible Talk, Ep. 59)

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In Deuteronomy 12–13, Moses urges his fellow Israelites not to fall back into false worship—even if dreamers, their loved ones, and everyone around them tells them that it’s okay.


2:49 / Where are we in the book of Deuteronomy?

6:27 / After the Israelites enter the Promised Land, there will be a place where the Lord will “put his name and make his habitation”—the only place they are to offer sacrifices (Deut. 12:5).

9:03 / Sam says the future temple is a miniaturized replica of the Garden of Eden, whereas places of idol worship are counterfeit Edens (see: Deut. 12:2).

10:30 / Is the “place” Moses referring to the temple?

11:50 / “There you shall eat before the Lord your God” is rich with biblical theology (Deut. 12:7).

12:29 / Jim commentates on verses 8-14 of chapter 12.

14:19 / Moses begins verse 15 of chapter 12 by saying, “However.” What contrast does he set up?

15:55 / Should churches call their main meeting place a sanctuary?

17:14 / What does Moses intend to communicate about idolatry in chapter 13?

19:58 / Moses warns about signs and wonders that aren’t from the Lord.

22:04 / Moses prescribes the death penalty for a false prophet or dreamer, which leaves Theonomists with a conundrum. 

23:50 / How should we apply Moses’ warning in these chapters today? Church discipline?

26:23 / The Lord demands ultimate, unrivaled allegiance—over even family members.

30:18 / Fear of the Lord means fear of the Lord.

33:54 / What if a whole city is given over to idolatry? Is that proof it’s okay? (Deut. 13:12-18)


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