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One Nation under God (8 of 13)
Deuteronomy 16:18-18:8, 26:1-19
As a way of a reminder to us about what we've been discussing in the study of Deuteronomy, these chapters give us a series of farewell addresses or sermons on the part of Moses as he prepares the people to enter into the Promised Land. He has led them through 40 years of wilderness wandering. They are getting ready to go into the Promised Land; so God, through Moses the servant, is seeking to prepare them and to get them ready for what they are going to face and how to deal with life as it will be lived in the Promised Land.
They are going to have to have some form of government. There are some basic institutions which God has given to human society. They are crucial. They are absolutely essential to human civilization.
One of these is the institution of marriage and the family. That's why marriage and family issues are so very crucial in our culture today. There is an assault being made against the institution of the family. The very definition of the family is being twisted and turned on its head. This is a cause for concern to not only Christian people but to all moral people and to people who understand the essential nature of these basic foundational units in society.
Another one of these foundational units is the institution of government. God established human government. You will find that this is an institution of divine origin. Romans 13, verse 1, says, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." He's saying that the institution of government is ordained of God.
There has to be the institution of government in order that people might live in an orderly, peaceful, efficient society. God has given to us the institution of government.
What Moses is doing is establishing the basic principles of government that will guide the children of Israe ...
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