Deuteronomy 16: Feasts and Judges


In the month of Abib – you shall celebrate Passover, outside the gates, where god commands. And you shall roast the sacrifice and eat it there. You shall eat unleavened bread for 6 days. On the 7th day, have an assembly. 7 weeks later, plant the corn and start the feast of weeks. 7 days after you harvest the corn, observe the feast of the tabernacles. 3 times a year the men must present themselves before God at the place He chooses. Also, we will appoint judges and officers over you. Abide by them. They are fair and just.

In other words:

Yet again, don’t forget to keep the feasts and obey your judges.

Favorite bit:

The month of Abib (Deuteronomy 16:1)

2nd favorite bit:

(Deuteronomy 16:22) Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the Lord they God hateth.

Least favorite bit:

I’m a little uncomfortable with assuming that all judges and officers are going to be ethical. It’s clear that doesn’t happen in real life. Most are, but some aren’t. I’m a little worried that there is no advice on what to do if your judge and/or officer are corrupt. (Deuteronomy 16:18)

Weirdest bit:

(Deuteronomy 16:21) You aren’t allowed to plant a grove of trees near the altar. I suppose this is for fire safety.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Only you can prevent forest fires (Deuteronomy 16:21)