Deuteronomy 13* Enticers to idolatry to be put to death. (1-5) Relations whoentice to idolatry not to be spared. (6-11) Idolatrous citiesnot to be spared. (12-18)1-5 Moses had cautioned against the peril that might arise fromthe Canaanites. Here he cautions against the rise of idolatryamong themselves. It is needful for us to be well acquaintedwith the truths and precepts of the Bible; for we may expect tobe proved by temptations of evil under the appearance of good,of error in the guise of truth; nor can any thing rightly opposesuch temptations, but the plain, express testimony of God's wordto the contrary. And it would be a proof of sincere affectionfor God, that, notwithstanding specious pretences, they shouldnot be wrought upon the forsake God, and follow other gods toserve them. 6-11 It is the policy of Satan to try to lead us to evil bythose whom we love, whom we least suspect of any ill design, andwhom we are desirous to please, and apt to conform to. Theenticement here is supposed to come from a brother or child, whoare near by nature; from a wife or friend, who are near bychoice, and are to us as our souls. But it is our duty to preferGod and religion, before the nearest and dearest friends we havein the world. We must not, to please our friends, break God'slaw. Thou shalt not consent to him, nor go with him, not forcompany, or curiosity, not to gain his affections. It is ageneral rule, If sinners entice thee, consent thou not, #Pr1:10|. And we must not hinder the course of God's justice. 12-18 Here is the case of a city revolting from the God ofIsrael, and serving other gods. The crime is supposed to becommitted by one of the cities of Israel. Even when they wereordered to preserve their religion by force, yet they were notallowed to bring others to it by fire and sword. Spiritualjudgments under the Christian dispensation are more terriblethan the execution of criminals; we have not less cause than theIsraelites had, to fear the Divine wrath. Let us then fear thespiritual idolatry of covetousness, and the love of worldlypleasure; and be careful not to countenance them in ourfamilies, by our example or by the education of our children.May the Lord write his law and truth in our hearts, there set uphis throne, and shed abroad his love!
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