I just read Deuteronomy, Chapters 17 and 18. Again, we are covering ground that has already been covered. And in some cases, we're covering ground that I'm not sure should be covered.
The lessons I've learned in Chapter 17 are:
- Kill people who deconvert or follow other gods.
- Don't sacrifice animals with blemishes.
- When being judged by a priest, I must follow his judgment and if not I will be executed.
- When under the power of the king, the king should not have multiple wives.
- The king should also not have too much money.
- The Levite priests can't own land, and must live off the offerings of the other tribes.
- Sacrifice the firstfruit of my crops and my livestock.
- Anyone that practices witchcraft (unless it's magic from Yahweh, of course) is an abomination to Yahweh.
So, Yahweh plans on sending prophets. He also warns against false prophets. Unfortunately, the only way to tell the difference is if their words come true. And if they don't, they are to be executed.
Being a Prophet is serious business for the ancient Israelites.