D E U T E R O N O M Y
Moses at this chapter comes to the particular
statues which he had to give in charge to Israel, and he begins
with those which relate to the worship of God, and particularly
those which explain the second commandment, about which God is in a
special manner jealous. I. They must utterly destroy all relics and
remains of idolatry, ver.
1-3. II. They must keep close to the tabernacle,
ver. 4, 5. The former
precept was intended to prevent all false worship, the latter to
preserve the worship God had instituted. By this latter law, 1.
They are commanded to bring all their offerings to the altar of
God, and all their holy things to the place which he should choose,
ver. 6, 7, 11, 12,
14, 18, 26-28. 2. They are forbidden, in general, to do
as they now did in the wilderness (ver. 8-11), and as the Canaanites had done
(ver. 29-32), and, in
particular, to eat the hallowed things at their own houses
(ver. 13, 17, 18), or
to forsake the instituted ministry, ver. 19. 3. They are permitted to eat flesh
as common food at their own houses, provided they do not eat the
blood, ver. 15, 16, and
again, ver. 20-26.