Briefly, Deuteronomy 12 presents the second helping of the laws of God related to public worship. The old pagan structures are to be destroyed, new worship is to be done in accordance with God’s commands.
I have one, clear focal point in this passage. Take a look at Deuteronomy 12:32. (For you Greek nerds, it’s 13:1 in the LXX, also in the BHS for you חֶברֶו types.)
What matters in practice of this?
A. Those who do not homeschool their children are handing them over to Satan and dooming them to destruction.
B. Those who do not send their children to government/public schools are abandoning their communities and dooming all the lost of their community to destruction.
C. Those who do not send their children to private schools are dooming their children to lousy education, lousy social skills, and destruction of their spiritual well-being.
A. Women who work outside the home abandon their God-given responsibilities to the home, and it should never happen.
B. Women who never work outside the home are trapped, and often deluded into thinking they are not trapped, by men whose only purpose is control.
C. Men whose wives work outside the home are less than real men.
Because the Law of God is very clear that there is no more math: no addition, no subtraction. He has spoken, and we act on it.
In Nerdiness: I’ve got nothing nerdy to add. It is plain here, and there is no wiggle room. Want to get nerdy? Wrestle with why the original languages have 12:32 as 13:1…or why English has 13:1 as 12:32, whichever you’d like.
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