Moses comes to the statutes he had to give in charge to Israel; and begins with such as relate to the worship of God. The Israelites are charged not to bring the rites and usages of idolaters into the worship of God; not under colour of making it better. We cannot serve God and mammon; nor worship the true God and idols; nor depend upon Christ Jesus and upon superstitious or self-righteous confidences.
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SDA Bible Commentary (limited)
2. Every green tree. Literally, “every tree of luxuriant foliage.” The word translated “green” is from the verb “to grow luxuriant.” Mountains, hills, and groves are favorite places today among heathen nations for the establishing of an idol and its sanctuary (see 1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 16:4; Isa. 57:5; 65:7; Jer. 2:20; 3:13; Eze. 18:6, 11, 15; 22:9). Immorality under the guise of religion generally accompanied such worship.