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Deuteronomy 12

Deu 12:1

Deu 12: Notice that there was to be one, singular and unique, "place" chosen by God -- there He would place His Holy Name, and there alone would Israel go to worship Him (vv 5-8). This is in marked and intended contrast to the many and varied places of "worship" of the false gods of the land: high places, and sacred stones, and Asherah poles (vv 2,3) under every spreading tree -- abominable sites, as well as abominable "sights": lewd and immoral!

So it has always been: only one way that leads to life, but a hundred paths that meander here and there, winding through every confusing backwater, and surveying every vice, until they all end at last in death (Mat 7:13,14).

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

Deu 12:3

ASHERAH: See Lesson, Asherah.

Deu 12:23

THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE: See Lesson, Blood. Cp Lev 3:17; 7:26,27; 17:11,14.

Deu 12:24

YOU MUST NOT EAT THE BLOOD; POUR IT OUT ON THE GROUND LIKE WATER: If blood/life did not go to the altar (dedication), then it must return to the dust (Gen 3:19).

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