“If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to dwell there, that certain worthless fellows have gone out among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently.
2.3 Make no idols
God commands us to find Him and Him alone all-sufficient for our needs, and thus to focus all our worship and devotion on Him, and to give none to idols.
2.4 Reject pagan practices
God’s people must not adopt, for any reason, the harmful, disgusting practices of the pagan practices they are called to displace.
Deuteronomy 18.9-13“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations.
Do not take the LORD’s name in vain
God invites us to take His Name upon us, to be reconciled to Him and united with Him for the purpose of His glory and their blessedness. We must not take His Name in any way other than what will fulfill these purposes, and we must not vow empty orunwise vows in His Name.
3.2 Fulfill your vows
Since the vows we take in some ways mirror the covenant oath of the Lord, we must be careful to fulfill all our vows; we may only be released from vows by proper authorities.
Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy
God commands solemn rest for His people, times when they are to withdraw from their normal practices of work to be with Him in worship, meditation, giving, and remembering. We are carefully to guard and observe these times of rest, so that we may remember the sovereign power and redeeming grace of our God, and give Him the worship and obedience which are His due.
The Sabbath is a sign of our being made holy to the Lord. Keeping it is of the highest priority for all the generations of God’s people.
“Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.”
“These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the LORD’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.”
“You shall observe the Feast of Weeks, the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end. Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel. For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.”