Deuteronomy 16-17

At 16:18 the section on the civil law commences. Here we have:
(a) The appointment and duties of judges (16:18-20); 
(b) Justice in matters of religion (16:21-17:7); 
(c) The final court of appeal (17:8-13); 
(d) The appointment and duties of the king (17:14-20).

In connection with the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles:
(a) What two requirements are made of the worshipper, and why?
(b) With regard to freewill offerings, on what principle is the amount of the gift to be determined?(Cf. 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8:12; 1 Pet. 1:8.)

In connection with 17:2-7, What does it teach us about the need for church disciplines?(Cf. Matt. 18:15-18; 1 Cor. 5; 1 Tim. 1;19, 20; Titus 3:9-11.)
(a) What was to be the character of Israel’s king if one were appointed, and what was to be the source of his wisdom? (Cf. 2 Tim. 3:15-17.)

  1. 16:21. The Asherah appears to have been a pole, Planted by an altar, as a symbol of the god worshipped there.
  2. 17:8-13. If a case is too difficult for the local judge to handle (see 16:18-20), it is to be brought to the central sanctuary.
  3. 17:16,17. Notice the word ‘acquire’ (RSV ‘multiply’). Horses (Power), wives, and wealth were coveted by kings of the time. Cf. 1 Kgs. 10:26-28; 11:3, 4.