Deuteronomy 12 and 13

See Analysis. The first part of this code of laws sets forth regulations governing the practice of religion, and thus a detailed application of the first four Commandments.

1 How does chapter 12 relate to the first commandment and chapter 13 to the second?

2 How do the regulations of chapter 13 demonstrate the priority of God’s will over alleged ‘respect’, respect of persons, ties of blood and great numbers? Cf. Mark 13:22; Gal. 2:11; Luke 14:26; Acts 4:19, 20.

Note. The provision of one sanctuary to which all sacrifices must be brought was a safeguard against idolatrous worship at ancient shrines of the Canaanites. Cf. 2 Kgs. 17:10-12.