Deuteronomy 14–17: On Proto-Temples, IHOP Booths, and the Morality of Monarchies (Bible Talk, Ep. 60)

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What kind of king must rule over Israel? One who fears the LORD by keeping all the words of his law so that he may continue long in his kingdom in Israel.

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Deuteronomy 14–17.


1:37 / In the last episode of Bible Talk, Sam described an overarching structure to these chapters in Deuteronomy. What was the structure again?1

3:40 / How is Deuteronomy 14:1-21 an exposition of the third commandment?

6:44 / What’s significant about God’s tithing laws in verses 22-26?2

9:42 / Sam points out how chapters 13 and 14 move from negative prohibitions to positive commands.

11:16 / What is the sabbatical year?3

12:47 / How do you reconcile verse four (“there will be no poor among you”) with verse 11 (“there will never cease to be poor in the land”)?

15:55 / What is the Passover, Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Booths? 

18:05 / Why are these feasts important?

19:33 / Moses keeps mentioning a place the Lord will choose to make his name dwell. Would the average Israelite have expected to immediately establish this place upon entering the Promised Land?

21:05 / Where are we in the exposition of the Ten Commandments as Deuteronomy transitions from chapter 16 to 17-18?

22:04 / Jim highlights how Scripture encourages due process (Deut. 17:1-7).

24:34 / How can you arrive at justice in this complicated world? What does Moses exhort the people to do? (Deut. 17:8-13)

25:35 / How do these justice teachings apply to our own day and counsel the Christian who’s discouraged by corruption?

27:25 / Legal-proceedings language from chapter 17 appears again in the New Testament.

28:56 / What are the laws concerning Israel’s kings (Deut. 17:14-20)? What’s their purpose? And is Israel even supposed to have a king?

34:11 / Deuteronomy 17:14-20 ends up being a key passage to understand much of the rest of the Old Testament.

35:48 / How do these king laws point to Christ?


[1] p. 128 of God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment by Jim Hamilton

[2] For a longer discussion on tithing, see Bible Talk’s episode on Numbers 17-19.

[3] For a longer discussion on Israel’s calender, see Bible Talk’s episode on Leviticus 21-25

Additional Bible Talk cross references:

  • Deuteronomy 14 repeats much of what was covered in Bible Talk’s episode on Leviticus 11-15.
  • For a longer discussion on slavery in Israel, see Bible Talk’s episode on Exodus 21.

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