Keeping the Nation of Israel Holy

These are some of the rules that was set by God in the Old Testament, what if they still applied today? But remember these were commanded by God to the nation of Israel, however do they, or would they apply to Christians of today? If so then how so?
“You are to be holy to Me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be My own.” (Leviticus 20:26)
One purpose God chose a people for Himself was so He could show the world what holiness looks like. Parasha Shoftim, therefore, forbids the following:
Idolatry
In the 17th chapter of Deuteronomy, God prohibits idolatry. Anyone found guilty of this crime would be stoned to death according to the laws of the Torah, upon the testimony of two or three witnesses.
“On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.” (Deuteronomy 17:6)
Why were such harsh penalties in place for worshiping false gods?
Although in our day, there exists a great emphasis on human rights and free choice, God’s law is concerned with preserving purity and Godliness.
By purging evil from the nation, holiness was protected.
“The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting that person to death, and then the hands of all the people. You must purge the evil from among you.” (Deuteronomy 17:7)
“Go to the Levitical priests and to the judge who is in office at that time. Inquire of them and they will give you the verdict.” (Deuteronomy 17:9)
The Occult
All forms of occult practices also carried the death penalty.
These included many spiritual practices that are commonplace today and for the most part widely accepted: sorcery, divination, fortune telling, astrology, wizardry, and listening to psychics, mediums or those who act as a channel for spirits of the dead.
God acknowledges that pagans participate in the occult, but these practices are part of what leads to the downfall of nations and they are forbidden for any of God’s people.
Receiving guidance from one’s astrological chart, reading palms or tea leaves, attending séances, or even using Ouiji boards are not permitted for people of God; nevertheless, many today (either in ignorance or defiance of the law) read books about wizards and dabble in the occult.
This is a dangerous spiritual path.
“The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.” (Deuteronomy 18:14)
False Prophets
Lying and deception is another form of evil that taints holiness.
Israel is warned to beware of false prophets. Only those whose words come true are to be trusted as true prophets of God.
“If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.” (Deuteronomy 18:22)
Killing and Murder
Cities were set aside as a refuge for someone who killed another unintentionally.
“Now this is the case of the manslayer who may flee there and live: when he kills his friend unintentionally, not hating him previously.” (Deuteronomy 19:4)
However, anyone who intentionally murdered someone had no right to seek refuge in these cities; he would be removed by force to be handed over to the avenger of blood to die at his hand.
The deliberate shedding of innocent blood (murder) carried the death penalty.
“Show no pity. You must purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, so that it may go well with you.” (Deuteronomy 19:13)
Choosing a Holy King of Israel
“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, ‘Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us.’” (Deuteronomy 17:14)
In this Parasha, Moses foresees that the people will one day want a king to rule over them and not a series of judges, so he gives them guidelines on how to protect their holy calling under such a system.
The king was to be an Israelite who had not accumulated many wives or a great deal of gold and silver.
He also had to know and use the teachings of the Torah as a guide.
The king was required to write out two Sifrei Torah (books of the Torah) and to keep them with him at all times in order that he remain humble (Deuteronomy 17:14–20).
Yeshua was acknowledged as the King of the Jews, as was written on the sign posted over His head at His execution (Matthew 27:11, 37).
He fulfilled all the requirements of kinship. He was an Israelite, a man of humility who lived a simple life and taught the Torah. He was the personification of holiness.
According to a Messianic prophecy, the Messiah will rule and reign as King upon the throne of His forefather David with perfect justice and righteousness forever and ever.
“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever.” (Isaiah 9:6–7)
Although He will physically reign over the Earth from Jerusalem when He returns, His kingdom is established now in the hearts of those who are Believers. Those of us who follow Him understand that He has given us a clear vision of holiness, bringing the observance of Torah to its fullness.
Because He makes the fullness of the law known, each of us should be living in righteousness.
“If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:17)
Trusting in God for Victory
In this Parasha, God gives the people laws for waging war and maintaining purity in the camp.
Moses tells the people to not be afraid of the inhabitants of the Promised Land while in battle; Adonai will be with them.
Before the battle, the Cohanim (Priests) was to encourage the troops to trust in God.
“When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: ‘Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” (Deuteronomy 20:2–4)
We also need to encourage the young men and women of the Israel Defense Forces not to fear Palestinian terrorists or vast Islamic armies.
Who Killed Jesus
For just as in ancient times, these courageous Israeli soldiers do not enter into battle alone but with God on their side to give them the victory against their enemies.
We can also rest assured that no matter what battle we may face, God is with us and will cause us to walk in triumph in Messiah Yeshua.
“But thanks be to God, who in Messiah always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
We are called to be God’s soldiers. So, Onward Christian Soldiers!
Onward Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See, His banners go!
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus,
Going on before.

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