BIBLE: Deuteronomy Chapter 17: Headline “List-en Up”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Deuteronomy 17

Various Instructions

Deuteronomy 17:1 “You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish (Lit. evil thing) or defect, for that is an abomination (detestable thing) to the Lord your God.
  • Why? Because Jesus was the SINLESS Lamb of God sacrificed for the sins of the world. His teachings in the temple were without spot or blemish.
Deuteronomy 17:“If there is found among you, within any of your gates (towns) which the Lord your God gives you, a man or a woman who has been wicked in the sight of the Lord your God, in transgressing His covenant,
Deuteronomy 17:who has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, either the sun or moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded,
Deuteronomy 17:and it is told you, and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently. And if it is indeed true and certain that such an abomination (detestable thing) has been committed in Israel,
Deuteronomy 17:then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has committed that wicked thing, and shall stone to death that man or woman with stones.
  • Idolatry is contagious.
Deuteronomy 17:Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
  • There was difficulty finding two witnesses to testify against Jesus. Those witnesses misunderstood Jesus’ words and it did not pertain to His supposed crime. Caiphas has to ask Him if He was the Son of God or Not. When Jesus answered in such a way to confirm He was, then Caiphas tore his clothes and now His crime was blasphemy, although Jesus was indeed the Son of God. Therefore; Jesus was free of any and all accusations.
    • When Caiaphas tore his clothes he unknowingly disqualified himself from being High Priest.
      • Leviticus 21:10 ‘He who is the high priest among his brethren, on whose head the anointing oil was poured and who is consecrated to wear the garments, shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes;
      • Jesus became the High Priest for the Children of Faith.
  • God positions two witnesses to testify during the seven year tribulation.
Deuteronomy 17:The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from among you.
Deuteronomy 17:“If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between degrees of guilt for bloodshed, between one judgment or another, or between one punishment or another, matters of controversy within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which the Lord your God chooses.
Deuteronomy 17:And you shall come to the priests, the Levites, and to the judge there in those days, and inquire of them; they shall pronounce upon you the sentence of judgment.
  • Jesus did according to their judgment, even though He was innocent.
Deuteronomy 17:10 You shall do according to the sentence which they pronounce upon you in that place which the Lord chooses. And you shall be careful to do according to all that they order you.
Deuteronomy 17:11 According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you.
  • Jesus was crucified in the right hand and the left hand.
Deuteronomy 17:12 Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall put away the evil from Israel.
Deuteronomy 17:13 And all the people shall hear and fear, and no longer act presumptuously.
  • Presumptuous: unwarranted or impertinently bold; forward-without permission or authority. Proudly.

Principles Governing Kings

Deuteronomy 17:14 “When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’
  • Before it happened … God knew.
Deuteronomy 17:15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.
Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’
Deuteronomy 17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.
Deuteronomy 17:18 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites.
Deuteronomy 17:19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes,
Deuteronomy 17:20 that his heart may not be lifted above (become proud) his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom (continue long in his kingdom), he and his children in the midst of Israel.


1Lev 17:15 Whom the Lord your God chooses
2Lev 17:15One from among your brethren, not a foreigner
3Lev 17:16Not multiply horses for himself
4Lev 17:16Nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses
5Lev 17:17Not multiply wives for himself
6Lev 17:17Not multiply silver and gold for himself
7Lev 17:18He shall write for himself a copy of this law
8Lev 17:18He shall read it all the days of his life
9Lev 17:19Fear the Lord his God
10Lev 17:19 Observe all the words of this law and these statutes
Qualifications for being King over the Jews
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