The Fifth Book of Moses is: A WARNING to Judah and to ALL Israel; that the gift of the physical and ultimately the spiritual Promised Land and remaining in that Promised Land. was and is; entirely and totally CONDITIONAL on obedience to every Word of Almighty God!
Because today’s Judah does not obey the commandments of God, they will be given one last victory before God allows them to go into one last captivity. Possession of the physical land is NOT permanent; it is CONDITIONAL on obedience to every Word of God!
We are commanded to read through the Book of Deuteronomy during the Feast of Tabernacles on every Sabbatical year (Deu 31:10).
Deuteronomy was the last book authored by Moses, the words being spoken by him and written down by the scribes just before his death and the entrance of the people into the physical promised land.
The book goes over a history of Israel from leaving Egypt [as a type of being called out of sin] and the theme of this book is a profound warning to keep the whole Word of God, and a warning of what will happen if we turn away from doing so, as well as the blessings for being zealous for the Eternal and his Word.
Such a warning is urgently needed today
The Book of Deuteronomy is a very strong indictment of the sinful in physical Israel and of today’s lukewarm Spiritual Ekklesia. The Book of Deuteronomy is a direct message to today’s church of God assemblies; which are spiritually lax, lukewarm and sinful, and are now facing strong correction along with the nations of physical Israel.
Moses spoke these words to Israel in his farewell address and scribes recorded them in a book [roll, scroll].
Deuteronomy 1:1 These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
1:2 (There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)
1:3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month [after Israel left Egypt], that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;
These words were and are God’s Word’s, not Moses’ words; Moses was merely the messenger: it was the one who later became flesh as Jesus Christ that sent the message.
1:4 After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei:
1:5 On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying,
Moses began his history from Mt Sinai [Horeb] 1:6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb [Sinai], saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:
The border of Israel was to be the land of Canaan and up beside Lebanon to the Euphrates including all the land that Abraham had traveled across. This was the border of Israel during the reign of David and Solomon and it will be the millennial borders of Israel in Palestine. During the millennium each tribe will retain its present land across the world and in addition have a representative population in Palestine.
1:7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.
1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.
Moses did not speak his own words, he spoke as God instructed him to speak. The law of Moses is really the Law of God, as delivered by God’s messenger Moses.
Next Moses speaks of how a system of governance was to be set up and agreed to by all the people. Moses then instructed these leaders to judge fairly and honestly.
1:9 And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone: 1:10 The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude. 1:11 (The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)
1:12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife? 1:13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.
1:14 And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do. 1:15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.
1:16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.
1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
1:18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.
These judges were to judge the people based on God’s Word. Moses then began a history of the journeying in the wilderness. Despite what some claim, NO MAN has any right whatsoever to loose the Word of God; all leaders are to judge the people by the whole Word of God and not by their own ways.
1:19 And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadeshbarnea.
1:20 And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us.
1:21 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
Spies were sent out to see the land promised to the people, and they brought a bad report discouraging the people from going in. There was no sin in telling the truth about the greatness of the land’s inhabitants; the sin was in magnifying the inhabitants above God.
They forgot the might of their Deliverer and considered their own little strength and so became afraid. This is a lesson for us that we must not rely on our own strength, but always to see the awesome power of our Mighty God!
Of course we cannot overcome Satan and sin by our own strength, but if we add to a deep abiding faith in our Mighty One the works of faith, and stand up to FOLLOW HIM whithersoever he goeth; victory is assured by God’s Mighty Hand!
1:22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come.
1:23 And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe: 1:24 And they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out. 1:25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.
1:26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God:
The became afraid and lost sight of and lost faith in, the Great “I AM” and added to that the sin of blaming God for what they had irrationally feared.
Even today many say that God’s ways are too hard to for us to keep turning away from any zeal to keep the whole Word of God and following our own false ways; forgetting that we are not alone and that it is God the Almighty who goes before us, if only we would follow him.
1:27 And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
1:28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
Moses reminded the people of how he had encouraged them to obey their Husband and possess the land, yet the people had no faith and would not trust God’s promises; refusing to enter the land.
1:29 Then I [Moses] said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them.
1:30 The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;
1:31 And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place.
Brethren, fear not what any man can do; for our Refuge and High Tower of Defense is far greater than all men together, greater even than the grave itself!
1:32 Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God, 1:33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.
1:34 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying, 1:35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers.
1:36 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.
At this point in the narrative, forty years before the people were to finally enter the land and Moses was to die, the leadership was promised to Joshua. It was a choice made by God well in advance.
1:37 Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither.
1:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
1:39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.
1:40 But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.
The people then repented of one sin only to rush into another. The problem was in their doing what they thought would be good, rather than following what God had commanded them. Which in the same problem in those calling themselves the people of God today.
1:41 Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill.
1:42 And the LORD said unto me, Say unto them. Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies.
1:43 So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill.
1:44 And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah.
1:45 And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.
Brethren, if we will not heed the Word of God and his warnings now; he will not save us out of the furnace of tribulation even though we turn and cry out to him; then God will accept the sincerely repentant but we will have to prove the sincerity of our repentance by enduring severe trials to keep the Word of God.
1:46 So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according unto the days that ye abode there.
Deuteronomy 2:1 Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days.
At this point God began to lead the people back toward the land after they had been in the wilderness for many years
2:2 And the LORD spake unto me, saying,
2:3 Ye have compassed [camped here] this mountain long enough: turn you northward. 2:4 And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore:
2:5 Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession.
2:6 Ye shall buy meat [food] of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may drink.
2:7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.
2:8 And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Eziongaber, we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab.
Israel is commanded not to fight with Esau or Moab.
2:9 And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.
2:10 The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; 2:11 Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.
2:12 The Horims also [first] dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them [around the time of Job], when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD gave unto them.
It was thirty-eight years from their sojourn in Kadesh-barnea until they entered the land East of Jordan.
2:13 Now rise up, said I, and get you over the brook Zered. And we went over the brook Zered.
2:14 And the space in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the LORD sware unto them.
2:15 For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed.
Those among today’s spiritually called out who lack the faith to diligently live by every Word of God will also be destroyed if they will not repent, and even with sincere repentance today’s spiritually lax brethren will be required to endure much to prove themselves.
Israel is forbidden to enter the land of Ammon [Jordan today].
2:16 So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people,
2:17 That the LORD spake unto me, saying, 2:18 Thou art to pass over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this day: 2:19 And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession.
2:20 (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; 2:21 A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them [Ammon replaced them]; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead: 2:22 As he [the Lord] did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day: 2:23 And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.)
Israel is now commanded to begin to destroy the Canaanites; the wicked Canaanites were to be totally destroyed as symbolic examples of the wicked and unrepentant of mankind who are doomed for the lake of fire.
This is only physical symbolism and the Canaanites will be raised up to take part in the main harvest of humanity during the Feast of Tabernacles harvest, and if they do repent they will be brought into the Family of God. However at that time they were adamantly sinful and unrepentant and made a good example of the ultimate fate of such deliberate and willful unrepentant wickedness. In fact we are just as wicked in our nations today, and we will soon be facing a great correction from our God.
2:24 Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.
2:25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.
Moses sent out a proposal for peace in an honourable manner; this left the fate of Heshbon in the hands of its own king.
2:26 And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,
2:27 Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left. 2:28 Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet; 2:29 (As the children of Esau which dwell in Seir, and the Moabites which dwell in Ar, did unto me;) until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which the LORD our God giveth us.
2:30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.
2:31 And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land. 2:32 Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.
2:33 And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. 2:34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain: 2:35 Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took.
2:36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city that is by the river, even unto Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us: the LORD our God delivered all unto us: 2:37 Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the LORD our God forbad us.
God began to deliver the wicked Canaanites into the hands of his people
Deuteronomy 3:1 Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan [Golan]: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
3:2 And the LORD said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon. 3:3 So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.
3:4 And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 3:5 All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many. 3:6 And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city. 3:7 But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey to ourselves.
3:8 And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites the land that was on this side Jordan, from the river of Arnon unto mount Hermon; 3:9 (Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the Amorites call it Shenir;) 3:10 All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
3:12 And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites.
The land of modern Golan and also somewhat to the south and to the east of Golan was taken and given to Manasseh.
Reuben and Gad received the land south of Manasseh down to the Arnon by the Dead sea, which became their border with Ammon.
3:13 And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants.
3:14 Jair the son of Manasseh took all the country of Argob unto the coasts of Geshuri and Maachathi; and called them after his own name, Bashanhavothjair, unto this day. 3:15 And I gave Gilead unto Machir.
3:16 And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon; 3:17 The plain also, and Jordan, and the coast thereof, from Chinnereth even unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, under Ashdothpisgah eastward.
These tribes were given this land on condition that they help the other tribes to take their own land on the west side of the Jordan river.
3:18 And I commanded you at that time, saying, The LORD your God hath given you this land to possess it: ye shall pass over armed before your brethren the children of Israel, all that are meet for the war. 3:19 But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle, (for I know that ye have much cattle,) shall abide in your cities which I have given you; 3:20 Until the LORD have given rest unto your brethren, as well as unto you, and until they also possess the land which the LORD your God hath given them beyond Jordan: and then shall ye return every man unto his possession, which I have given you.
Moses was then allowed to see the promised land from a mountain top and to instruct his successor Joshua. The people are admonished to have no fear and to trust in God and do his will. This ends the prologue of history and Moses now gets into his final warning message to the people.
This history was a precursor to the real meat of this message to physical and to spiritual Israel and all these things were written for our instruction (2 Tim 3:16, 1 Cor 10).
3:21 And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, Thine eyes have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the LORD do unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest. 3:22 Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.
3:23 And I besought the LORD at that time, saying,
3:24 O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might? 3:25 I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.
3:26 But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and the LORD said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter.
3:27 Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold it with thine eyes: for thou shalt not go over this Jordan.
3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.
3:29 So we abode in the valley over against Bethpeor.
Spiritual Israel, Beloved elect of God; consider this plea and turn back to your Husband your Maker, with the zeal of Joshua and Moses.
Deuteronomy 4:1 Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.
4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
God destroyed all of the people he called out of Egypt who fell into idolatry [idolatry is exalting anything above the Eternal]; and he will destroy all of the spiritually called out of the New Covenant if they follow idols of men or any person who teaches anything other than a passionate zeal to keep the whole Word of God.
Idolatry is not just bowing to a statue; idolatry is obeying anyone contrary to the Word of God and exalting the words of men above the Word of God. If anyone says “I can do this because some man says it is alright” that person is an idolater and will be destroyed from among God’s people if they do not repent.
4:3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
God will destroy the idolaters from among the faithful; and God will preserve all those that are zealous to keep the Word and Will of Almighty God.
Unless we quickly repent, this means that the vast majority of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will be destroyed by God for our idolatry of following the false traditions of our idols of men.
4:4 But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.
These are God’s commandments, laws, statutes, ordinances, precepts and judgments, not those of Moses; Moses merely delivered the message from God to us. These words of God were to be kept in the physical promised land as an instructional allegory that the Word and Will of God must also be fully kept in the spiritual Promised Land of eternity!
4:5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
If we are zealous to keep the Word and Will of God; the Light of our example will shine brilliantly as a beacon of godliness to all peoples! That example being far more effectual than billions spent in preaching.
4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
What people are as great as the people who are close to the Eternal God? Who have the ear of the King of the Universe because of their faithful zeal to keep his Word and his Will?
4:7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
There is nothing so wise and so WONDERFUL as the Word of God!
Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Deuteronomy 4:8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
Remember God’s mighty deeds in delivering Israel out of Egypt and bondage, and remember God’s mighty deeds to deliver his spiritual people out of bondage to Satan and sin by living a perfect life and giving that perfect life for his creation so that we might be delivered from the ultimate Adversary: DEATH itself!
4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
4:11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
4:12 And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.
This covenant called by the name of the mediator Moses, was glorious; if only the people had obeyed, but because they did not obey a New Covenant was necessary to replace the Mosaic Covenant.
Deuteronomy 4:13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even [the basic] ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
In addition to the ten commandments:
4:14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.
4:15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:
They and we are forbidden to make any likeness of any thing for purpose of worship, but we now have a spiritual covenant and the spirit of this commandment on idolatry, is that we should never allow ANYTHING to ever come between us and God! Today idolatry is mainly the spiritual sin of following anyone in disobedience to God.
4:16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 4:17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, 4:18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
4:19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
This physical command has as its spiritual intent; that we are to allow NOTHING to come between us and our LORD. We are to follow no man, prophet, apostle or organization that is not diligent for every Word of God.
We are always to be totally loyal to our Master and we are to follow men ONLY as they follow the Creator, and we are to continually test every word of men by the scriptures; remaining steadfastly loyal to our God.
The Eternal has called us out of bondage to sin and delivered us from that spiritual Pharaoh Satan. Therefore let us drink deeply of the Living Waters of the Holy Spirit of God and remain diligent to follow the Lamb of God withersoever he goeth.
4:20 But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.
4:21 Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance: 4:22 But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.
Physical Israel was called out of bondage in Egypt by a Mighty God and she must remain loyal to the Almighty and NOT return back into the sins of ancient Egypt and Babylon, or physical Israel will be cast into strong correction.
Spiritual Israel has been called out of spiritual Egypt of bondage to Satan and sin by God the Father; who has Called us out of spiritual Egypt and into a New Covenant (Jer 31:31), and we have been delivered from bondage to sin by the application of the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Take heed lest you forget your baptismal commitment to God and his Word; lest you be enticed to consider loyalty to any man or group as synonymous with loyalty to the espoused Husband of your baptismal commitment.
For we have a jealous Husband who will not tolerate any emotional and spiritual ADULTERY on our part.
If we exalt any other above him in our affections we are NOT worthy of HIM!
4:23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you [For those people at that time the Mosaic Covenant and for us the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31.], and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.
The Eternal will not hold us guiltless for the spiritual adultery of exalting [obeying] any person or thing above him!
4:24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
4:25 When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:
Possession of the physical promised land was absolutely conditional on complete obedience and loyalty to God.
Our New Covenant relationship with God is completely conditional on our loyalty and obedience to God.
4:26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
Israel’s possession of the land was and is, entirely and absolutely, conditionally dependent on obedience to the Eternal.
Today we do NOT live by every Word of God and we will most assuridly be punished for our sins.
Today the New Covenant people of God no longer keep God’s Word with any kind of zeal, and we are guilty of gross compromise and laxity in the things of God and the keeping of our Marriage Covenant with Jesus Christ.
We have become organization proud and we are not faithful to the Husband of our baptismal espousal, therefore Jesus Christ will reject those who will not repent. He loves us and he stands at our door knocking and we will not let him in. We “know it all” and we think that we have need of nothing; therefore in order to save the spirit, God is left with no choice except to afflict the flesh. Now it is very late and our correction is in sight, turn to your God oh physical and spiritual Israel for why will you die?
4:27 And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
4:28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
Even in great tribulation we may find God; If we sincerely repent and seek him diligently.
4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Dearest Elect of the Eternal, REMEMBER these words. If you find yourself afflicted, RUN quickly to the Eternal God in sincerity and truth.
4:30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
4:32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
4:33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? 4:34 Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
4:35 Unto thee it was shewed [and recorded for us today], that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
4:36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.
4:37 And because he loved thy fathers [God has kept his promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob], therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
Spiritually the Lamb of God has overcome the Adversary by the mighty deeds of a perfect life and a perfect sacrifice to redeem God’s people.
4:38 To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art [Satan is mightier than we and God has called us out and delivered us from his bondage and given us his kingdoms of the whole earth, if we faint not.], to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.
4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
4:40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.
Moses then set aside three cities so that an innocent person may flee from anyone seeking revenge and find a fair hearing there. These cities would be like courts or judicial centers today.
4:41 Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising [the east side of Jordan in Golan (Bashan)];
4:42 That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:
4:43 Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.
4:44 And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel: 4:45 These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt.
4:46 On this side Jordan, in the valley over against Bethpeor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, after they were come forth out of Egypt: 4:47 And they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
4:48 From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon, 4:49 And all the plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the plain, under the springs of Pisgah.
Then Moses began to teach the commandments, laws, statutes, ordinances, precepts and judgments of the Eternal. These things had been dictated by God to Moses who wrote out every word that God spoke to him on Sinai, and now Moses was reminding all Israel in this his last address to the people before he died.
It is not necessary to suppose that Moses spoke and over a million people heard hie words: rather Moses would have directly addressed the Seventy and the Patriarchal elders of the tribes along with the senior priests while scribes would have recorded and written out the words as Moses spoke.
Then these officials would have instructed the people under their care while the scribes maintained these words in writing through the ages.
Deuteronomy 5:1 And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.
5:2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb [Sinai]. 5:3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
5:4 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, 5:5 (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,
The commandments were written on tables of stone to show that these people were hard-hearted and lacking in God’s Spirit. Those called into the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31 are to have the law written on the tables of their hearts and are to internalize every Word of God making it a part of our own nature.
Today, we have become spiritually lax, forgetting our Covenant; and we have departed from God, becoming hearers of the law and NOT doers of God’s Word; doing what we think is right instead of what God has commanded.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified [by the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God].
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God will only be applied to the sincerely repentant who commit to STOP sinning! See the Salvation series.
The Ten Commandments
Deuteronomy 5:6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
Brethren, we are commanded by Almighty God to exalt the Eternal above every other thing in existence including men. We must test the words of men against the Word of God (1 Thess 5:21) no matter what title or authority those men claim to have! We must NEVER follow any person contrary to any part of the Word of God! NEVER!
5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Today, the Spiritual Ekklesia breaks this commandment daily as we exalt our elders and organizations above God’s Word. Often excusing our sin by saying “the teacher said it was alright.” This IS Idolatry and spiritual ADULTERY; and we will NOT be held guiltless by the Husband of our baptismal commitment.
5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
We take his name in vain every time that we lie saying that we love God when we are not zealous to live by every Word of God. We take his name in vain every time we call ourselves the people of God and then disgrace ourselves by our evil doing.
5:12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. 5:13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
5:14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
5:15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt [to serve Pharaoh in harsh bondage seven days a week], and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
We are NOT to do any work of any kind [except that which is specifically permitted or commanded by God], and we are NOT to be responsible for anyone else working on any weekly Sabbath or annual Holy Day.
We are not to become hypocrites by paying others to do what we on moral grounds would not do ourselves, and we are NOT to become thieves by stealing the opportunity for others to have their rest and time with God. We are to allow them the time even if they do not use it wisely.
We are to use the preparation day for all our cooking and work and to rest on God’s Sabbaths and Holy Days, spending time with our Creator, learning of him and teaching our families. The vast majority of people in today’s Ekklesia call God’s Sabbaths holy and then routinely pollute them, breaking this commandment in a regular and flagrant manner.
5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
We break this commandment by not honouring God our Father in heaven above all else, and by giving excessive offerings and not properly caring for our parents and the families that God has blessed us with (Mat 15).
5:17 Thou shalt not kill [shed innocent blood].
Yes, in the Ekklesia we do murder; and you ask how do we murder?
We are spiritual murderers when we condemn those who are zealous for God and his commandments, persecuting and attacking them to try and turn them away from their zeal and thereby causing them to sin; and by teaching our children [by words and example] to follow idols of men in place of any zeal to follow the Eternal.
5:18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
We commit adultery daily against our espoused Husband; by exalting others in our hearts above his Word. That is emotional and spiritual adultery. How would you feel if you spouse loved others more than he/she loved you?
5:19 Neither shalt thou steal.
Steal? Do we not steal what is God’s for ourselves? Many steal God’s time on Sabbaths and Holy Days. Many organizations and leaders make merchandise of God’s flock and use his sheep for their own advantage, stealing our crowns by leading us away from exalting God into exalting themselves.
5:20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Today the leaders of the Ekklesia call good, evil; and persecute the righteous. They say that those who follow them above any faithfulness to the Word of God are godly, which is wickedness.
Many elders tell the people not to be [over] righteous twisting the words of Solomon in Ecclesiastes.
They lie and deceive about the Biblical Calendar and many other things, teaching the “Primacy of Peter” lie to exalt themselves above all that is called God. They do not tell the truth and often quote out of context to deceive the brethren about the proper in context meanings, and they spin spin spin both the scriptures and their own actions continually.
5:21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet [unlawfully desire] thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Deuteronomy 5:22 These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.
Moses was chosen as the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant and is a symbolic example of Jesus Christ the Mediator of the New Covenant. Today, Jesus Christ sits in Moses seat!
5:23 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
5:24 And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.
5:25 Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die. 5:26 For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
5:27 Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.
5:28 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken.
The God who later gave up his God-hood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ longs for a converted heart in his bride, so that she would obey him and seek to please him out of a sincere and passionate love for him. He again states that possession of the land is absolutely conditional on obedience to the Word and Will of God.
The same condition applies to entrance into the resurrection to eternal life. Just as Israel could not remain in the physical Promised Land without obedience, we cannot remain in the New Covenant without obedience to the Word and Will of God.
Take heed lest you be rejected for disobedience and lack of zeal to live by every Word of God (Rev 3:16).
God is working to place an obedient faithful heart in his New Covenant called out, but we have strayed very far from him: for this cause he will afflict our flesh in the hope that the spirit might be saved.
Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
Moses recalls that Israel was sent away while Moses heard the Word of the LORD on the mount, which Word Moses then gave to Israel. These are not the laws of Moses; they are the Word of Almighty God given through the messenger, the intermediary, Moses.
5:30 Go say to them, Get you into your tents again. 5:31 But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.
5:32 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
5:33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
Brethren, no man has any right to change, add to or diminish from the Word of God!
Neither the pope nor ANY other person has the right to loose the Word of God; rather all persons are to bind and loose judgments in human disputes according to the Word of God: We are NOT to try to change God’s Word according to our own opinions.
Deuteronomy 6:1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
6:2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, [BOTH physical Israel and the spiritual New Covenant brethren] and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
The physical promised land is a type of an even better spiritual Promised Land of eternal life in the Family of God, pictured by the Feast of The Ingathering of Nations [Feast of Tabernacles].
Just as possession of the physical promised land is absolutely dependent on obedience to every Word of God; so, entry into the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life is utterly dependent on faithful obedience to every Word of God.
6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD
The God family is united as one God family, into which will be added the children of God as they are changed to spirit.
Now comes the greatest commandment, as Jesus himself said (Mat 22:37).
6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand [keep them with the deeds of our hands], and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes [in our minds as Jesus taught Mat 22:37] .
6:9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
We must always remain faithful to the God (Elohim) Family of YHVH [the Great I AM] our Mighty One!
6:10 And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
6:11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
When we think that we are full of spiritual things and have need of nothing (Rev 3:15-22); beware, because pride will cause us to stumble and depart from our God.
6:12 Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
6:13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
We are not to follow idols of men as others do; we are not to accept the “Primacy of Peter” Nicolaitane church governance system; we are NOT to exalt men above the Word of God as today’s Spiritual Ekklesia has done; this is absolutely forbidden by Jesus Christ.
6:14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;
6:15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah (Ex 17:1-7).
6:17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee. 6:18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD [through living by every Word of God]: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers.
If we are diligently faithful to keep every Word of God; he will deliver us from bondage to Satan, sin and the grave, into eternal life.
6:19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.
6:20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?
Ancient Egypt was used by God as an example of bondage to Satan and sin; and physical Israel being Called Out of Egypt was a type of spiritual Israel being Called Out of bondage to Satan, sin and death. The New Covenant Called to God through Christ are a spiritual Israel.
We are to explain to our families [especially on Passover] how God delivered ancient Israel from slavery and how God will also deliver us from bondage to Satan, sin and death if we are diligent to follow God on the road to life eternal.
6:21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:
6:22 And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: 6:23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
6:24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive [The promise of physical life and freedom to ancient Israel was an allegorical promise of eternal life for the faithful spiritual overcomers.], as it is at this day [the day this was written].
Living by every Word of God; is the biblical definition of godly righteousness.
6:25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.