TheShiningLight

Preparing the Way of the Lord

Deuteronomy 23 – 27

Deuteronomy 23

In reference to verse one below: Persons being excluded from assembling at the Holy Place in the presence of God because of physical  imperfections has a spiritual counterpart in that the willfully sinful and spiritually imperfect sinners will be excluded from the resurrection of the faithful; not being holy as God is holy, having no zeal to live by every Word of God.

John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Christ said that we must abide in Christ to bear fruit (See John 15); and this contains two issues: First we MUST abide in Christ fully and follow others ONLY as they follow Christ; and second we MUST GROW spiritually and bear fruit in terms of becoming holy as God is holy.

That is, we must GROW and multiply understanding and righteousness through enthusiastic study and the faithful application of every Word of God; internalizing the very nature of God through following the lead of the Holy Spirit.

We are to be holy as God is holy, and we are to be perfect as God is perfect, internalizing the nature of God by the power of  the Spirit of God.   Those people barred from entering the physical temple because of physical flaws are an instructional example for us, and they will later be resurrected physically and receive an opportunity to enter the congregation of spiritual Israel.

Deuteronomy 23:1 He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

 

Lessons in Obedience to God

The term “bastard” in the physical sense refers to an illegitimate child.  In the spiritual sense it refers to one called out to become a child of God, who rejects our heavenly Father’s instruction and correction. 

Hebrews 12:5    And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth [corrects], and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 12:7 If ye endure [accept God’s correction] chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  12:8 But if ye be without [if we refuse God’s correction and insist on our own ways] chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

There are those who believe that they have the authority to decide for themselves whether to bind or to loose the Word of God.  For a thorough study into this subject please see Lessons 101 to 106 here.

Deuteronomy 23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

The descendants of Ammon and Moab could not enter into Israel for ten generations from the day that Israel entered the promised land.  This was a physical matter because of their sins at that time; once the resurrection of the main harvest comes, they will have their opportunity to enter spiritual Israel.

In those days Moab and Ammon had heard what God had done in Egypt and knew about God revealing himself and entering into a Covenant with Israel at Sinai; and they chose to resist Israel and so resist the God who led Israel,  not allowing passage through their land and refusing to sell food and water to Israel. 

Then they compounded their resistance to God Almighty by hiring Balaam to curse them.  And as if that wickedness was not sufficient; when God refused to allow the curse of Balaam and turned it to a blessing, they conspired to lead Israel into sin so that God would reject his own called out people! 

Brethren this is exactly what Satan has done to the Ekklesia today!  Being unable to resist God and God’s purpose for his called out, Satan has led today’s  spiritual Ekklesia into sin with the purpose of causing God to destroy his own called out people of spiritual Israel! 

Whereas those who sinned sexually with the daughters of Moab in physical Israel were destroyed; in today’s spiritual Israel, those who are sinning by committing spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment  by making little gods and idols of men; will be cast into the furnace of great tribulation to afflict the flesh in the hope that the spirit might be saved after having learned a great eternal lesson.  

Almighty God the All Wise, is using this latter day situation in the Ekklesia to teach us vital lessons about spiritual adultery against Him and idolatry of men, so that we will learn to exalt and  follow God above all else; while ancient Moab and Ammon are instructional examples to help us learn this lesson.

23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:

23:4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.

23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

23:6 Thou shalt not seek their peace [as a type of God not extending mercy to the adamantly unrepentant wicked] nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

Prophetically Ammon and Moab will be subject to millennial Israel (Zeph 2:9).

We should always have respect for the Edomites [Turks, Turkmens] and the Egyptians.

23:7 Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land.

23:8 The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third generation.

The Holy God will not co-dwell with any physical or spiritual uncleanness. All physical uncleanness was to be removed from the military camp of Mosaic Israel as well as from any Holy Place. 

This is an object lesson for us that the SPIRITUAL uncleanness of sin is to be removed from us:  There must be no sin polluting us because God will not co-dwell with sin in us.

1 Corinthians 3:16   Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  3:17 If any man defile the temple of God [with the uncleanness of sin], him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Brethren, those who teach self justification, or that Christ will wink at sin so we need not be concerned, or that we should tolerate willful sin in our assembles: Are sons of wickedness like Balaam; seeking to lead us into sin so that God will destroy his people! 

Any man who says that he is a servant of Jesus Christ and can do anything he wants and  God must back him up: Is a LIAR!  For Jesus taught:  John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin [breaks the Word of God] is the servant of sin [and therefore is NOT the servant of Jesus Christ but a bastard (Heb 12:8)].

Deuteronomy 23:9 When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing.

23:10 If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of uncleanness that chanceth him by night, then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp:

Here we see the evening associated with sun set

23:11 But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall wash himself with water: and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again.

23:12 Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad: 23:13 And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease [eliminate] thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:

The regulations concerning physical uncleanness have their spiritual counterpart.  God will not dwell in the presence of sin.  God’s Spirit will LEAVE the self justifying willful sinner. 

Let me be absolutely clear:  If we make excuses for ourselves to justify their continuing in sin;  God’s Spirit will be withdrawn from us.

23:14 For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.

 

Laws on escaped slaves, usury and prostitution

This refers to a person who has escaped from a foreign land, and is God’s refugee law.  Nevertheless the refugee must sincerely repent of all past sin and pledge to keep the laws of Israel [the laws of God]; and then he may choose his own city or place to dwell at.

23:15 Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee:  23:16 He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.

All sexual promiscuity is forbidden; including homosexuality and prostitution, as well as adultery, fornication and cross dressing for sexual reasons.  All of these things pervert the sanctity of marriage, which is an allegory of the complete loyal unity which God intends concerning our relationship with him.

23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

The commandments below are blatantly and shamelessly flouted in the Israelite nations and Judah today.  Because of these sins they shall yet go into another captivity. 

Money gotten through evil deeds is forbidden to be brought into the Temple of God because it is the fruits of sin.  Anything that is even associated with sin is unclean and not to be taken into the presence of God. 

23:18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog [dogs will try to mount anything including their own males and are a biblical type for homosexuals], into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

This is referring to personal necessities loans and not to commercial loans for the purpose of earning income.  Loaning a billion dollars to build a huge skyscraper or a bridge is a far different matter from loaning a person a few dollars so he may buy bread for his family. 

The object here is to prevent personal poverty as far as is possible.  

23:19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:  23:20 Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

It is better NOT to make a vow, than to make a vow and not keep it.

This actually has to do with lying to or before God by making unkept promises.  Our baptismal Marriage Covenant was a type of promise or vow to God to live by every Word of God.  If we make that commitment and then seek excuses to compromise and avoid passionate obedience to God; we are breaking our baptismal commitment to God the Father and to Jesus Christ.

23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.

23:22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.

23:23 That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering [a type of our free will baptismal pledge to follow the Lamb of God whithersoever he goeth and to live by every Word of God], according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.

 

The law of gleaning

This is the law that the disciples of Christ followed in gleaning a few ears of grain as they walked through a field on Sabbath.  This is the same as picking an apple as one walks through an orchard on the Sabbath; this in no way justifies paying for goods and services or cooking on Sabbath.   No payment was made and no preparation, cooking or carrying away was done by the disciples.  We may take what is necessary for the immediate filling of an immediate need, we may NOT steal another man’s harvest.

23:24 When thou comest into thy neighbour’s vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel [to take away to our home].

23:25 When thou comest into the standing corn [grain] of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle [harvest in quantity] unto thy neighbour’s standing corn [grain].

 

Deuteronomy 24

Laws of Divorce

These laws were given to mitigate the sufferings in a spiritually unconverted society, but God never intended divorce.  For the instructions of Christ on the spiritual intent of these laws see this article.

One may NOT remarry his divorced wife, who has since that divorce been the wife of another.  God allowed divorce because of the unconverted hardness of heart. 

This was an act of mercy to provide those trapped in an intolerable situation with an abusive spouse a means of relief.   Divorce was NEVER God’s intention and in the New Covenant where both spouses have God’s Spirit, divorce is NOT lawful in the New Covenant (Mat 19). 

Deuteronomy 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

24:2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.

24:3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;

24:4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

God gives newlyweds a one year honeymoon from government service.

24:5 When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.

We must not take a man’s tools for any debt, because they are his life and livelihood.

24:6 No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man’s life to pledge.

Death for enslaving another in Israel.  

The making of merchandise of the brethren by the elders of today’s Ekklesia also carries a death penalty.  Those men who seek personal followings and make merchandise of the brethren will NOT be in the resurrection to life eternal, unless they sincerely repent.

24:7 If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

 

Leprosy

Biblical leprosy referred to any growing skin blemish, not necessarily that which  is called the disease of leprosy today.  The biblical term leprosy was a reference to skin blemishes which disfigured and therefore made the victim unclean. 

Biblical leprosy is a broader term than the leprosy (Hansen’s disease) that we know today. The Hebrew tsara’ath included a variety of ailments and is most frequently seen in Leviticus, where it referred primarily to uncleanness or imperfections according to biblical standards.  A person with any scaly skin blemish was tsara’ath.  The symbolism extended to any rot, blemish or mold on leather, the walls of a house, and on woven cloth. Other Old Testament references to leprosy are associated with punishment or the consequences of sin.

The recent discovery of a highly toxic mold (Stachybotrys sp.), which contaminates buildings and causes respiratory distress, memory loss, and rash, lends support to the translation of tsara’ath to include “mold.” As noted, tsara’ath incorporates a collection of contemporary terms, including Hansen’s disease, infectious skin diseases, and mold (or even mildew) diseases. 

The symbolism of biblical leprosy is similar to the symbolism of leaven; which may be very small at first, but which grows and grows until the whole body is covered, or the whole lump is leavened.    Leaven and leprosy are types of sin which pollutes the whole body.

1 Corinthians 5:6  Your glorying [in tolerating a sinner in the assembly] is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven [sincerely repent from all sin, casting it out and STOP sinning], that ye may be a new  [a new sin free spiritual person in Christ] lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven [continuing in our sins], neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of [purity from sin] sincerity and truth.

Deuteronomy 24:8 Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do.

24:9 Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam by the way, after that ye were come forth out of Egypt.

 

Love Thy Neighbour Laws

We must not take back again by force that which we have lent for immediate personal needs, but must wait until the person is able to repay.

24:10 When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge.  24:11 Thou shalt stand abroad [outside] , and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.

We must not hold any personal collateral against loans for personal necessities beyond the day’s sun set

24:12 And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge:

24:13 In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.

We must pay wages to our workers at the time agreed and without any delay.

24:14 Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:

24:15 At his [appointed pay day] day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee.

Every person is to be held responsible for his own conduct; to receive his reward or punishment. 

The same law is true spiritually.  When we stand before God we will be held responsible for our own actions for good or for bad.  We will not be able to shirk saying “I was only following this or that person.”   What will you then answer when you are asked why you followed some person and did not fully follow the whole Word of God?  You will be speechless before your judge who will say to you:  

Matthew 7:23   And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

All judgment is to be fair and just and equal for all; and we are to be neither harsh nor  merciful to the needy and the helpless, above any harshness or mercy to others.

24:17 Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge:

24:18 But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

We are to be merciful and generous to the needy in our everyday dealings

24:19 When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.

24:20 When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

24:21 When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

24:22 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

 

Deuteronomy 25

Sundry Laws

A maximum of forty lashes is proscribed for corporal punishment, and a fair and honest judgment must be rendered to all.

Deuteronomy 25:1 If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.

Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.

Deuteronomy 25:2 And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his [in front of the judge] face, according to his fault, by a certain number.

25:3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.

The laborer is worthy of wages, and he should receive according to his efforts. especially those that labor in sound doctrine. 

1 Corinthians 9:9   For it is written in the law of Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

9:10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

1 Timothy 5:17  Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.  5:18 For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Deuteronomy 25:4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn [grain].

The counterbalance to this rule is that the ox who eats greedily will lose his job and quite likely be slaughtered.  Deuteronomy 25:4 is often wrongly used to excuse the taking of more than is right by religious organizations or elders. 

A man should provide a son for his dead childless brother. This is because the land was given to each family as a permanent inheritance; and the inheritance genealogy needed to be maintained.

25:5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.

25:6 And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.

25:7 And if the man like not to take his brother’s wife, then let his brother’s wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband’s brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband’s brother.

25:8 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;

25:9 Then shall his brother’s wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother’s house.

25:10 And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed [he shall be called a man of disgrace].

The book of Ruth shows that if the near kinsman rejected his duty, this duty of a husband’s near kinsman would then pass on to the next nearest of kin

Below is not a reference to a loving fondling of her husband, but to an act of violence against another.  The severity of the penalty is because such an injured man is to be cut off from the holy place through the blemish of the injury, and may be denied reproduction for the rest of his life due to the injury.

25:11 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: 25:12 Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.

Again the Law of Love for neighbour is seen.  This is the issue of cheating others by manipulating measurements.  The spirit of this law is that we are not to be deceitful or to use ANY method to be dishonest and to deceive others.

25:13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers [different weights and measures with which to cheat others] weights, a great and a small.

25:14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.

25:15 But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

25:16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Later king Saul did much against Amalek, although he sinned in saving their cattle.

25:17 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;

25:18 How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.

25:19 Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee [victory over the Canaanites]  rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of [utterly destroy] Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.

 

Deuteronomy 26

The law of the offering of the first fruits of the harvest.

The Spring Wave Offering represents Christ the Lamb of God, and the first fruits represents the first fruits of the spiritual harvest of humanity.  

The physical first fruits are holy to God, representing in type the first fruits of the spiritual harvest of humanity. 

The spring harvest was to begin with the Wave Offering representing the resurrection, ascension and acceptance of Jesus Christ as the first of a harvest of many brethren. 

The non sacrificial basket of first fruits of the harvest were to be brought to the Temple to be placed before the altar in rejoicing over the blessings of God for the physical harvest, and the spiritual harvests of humanity.

Deuteronomy 26:1 And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein;

26:2 That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.

26:3 And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the LORD thy God, that I am come unto the country which the LORD sware unto our fathers for to give us.

26:4 And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the LORD thy God.

26:5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

26:6 And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage:

26:7 And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression:

26:8 And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders:

26:9 And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey.

26:10 And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God:

26:11 And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.

Tithing for the poor

26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;

26:13 Then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them.

26:14 I have not eaten thereof in my mourning [during the burden of tithing], neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I have hearkened to the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me.

26:15 Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

Today many organizations of today’s Ekklesia rob God and rob God’s poor, by misusing God’s Poor Tithe for other purposes.  This commandment says nothing about giving the money to some corporate church, and God did not intend His poor tithe to become a cash cow for some corporate entity. 

The book of Acts teaches us that it is the Deacons and not the elders or some corporate entity which is to care for the poor and to have jurisdiction over the poor fund. 

While in the modern world there is some advantage in a church wide system to help the poor such a system should be run by non elders and be kept completely separate and totally independent from the preaching, teaching, study, counseling functions of the ministry.   

The biblical example for deacons overseeing this matter is not only in the book of Acts but is a mirror of the Mosaic priests being helped by the other Levites.

Very soon now the tribulation will be upon us and there will be no tithing at all in a collapsed economy. 

When he comes, Messiah will establish a new economic order restoring true godly financial systems, nevertheless we should be generous in helping our brethren in need.

Our baptismal covenant is to keep all of God’s commandments, in both the physical letter and in the spirit and intent of those commandments and to live by every Word of God. 

When we agree to be baptized, we are committing ourselves to live by every Word of God and to live by every Word of God, and to follow no man no matter what that man claims about himself; if he does not faithfully teach us to be zealous to keep every Word of God.

 

Our Baptismal Commitment

Deuteronomy 26:16 This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

26:17 Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:

26:18 And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;

26:19 And to make thee high above all nations [as an allegory that the faithful of the New Covenant will be resurrected to spirit, to become kings [rulers] and priests, teaching and leading all nations] which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.

 

Deuteronomy 27

The people are again encouraged to live by every Word of God because possession of the physical promised land [and for the faithful New Covenant called out, the spiritual Promised Land of Eternal Life] is absolutely dependent on living by every Word of God with enthusiastic passionate zeal and love for our LORD!

Deuteronomy 27:1 And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandments which I command you this day.

27:2 And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaister them with plaister:

When they entered the land they were told to list the laws of God [the laws of the Land of God] on a monument at the border.

27:3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee.  27:4 Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaister them with plaister.

An altar is to be built at the entry of the promised land and peace offerings representing the people reconciled to and at peace with God, living by every Word of God are to be offered.  This represents those resurrected to the promised land of eternal life being reconciled to God the Father and at peace with God.

Altars to God are to be built of whole stones, not cut out by the hand of man.  The stones of the altar are representative of Messiah the Christ the Rock of our Salvation, who was the Implementing Creator of all things and who was not made by any man.

27:5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them.

27:6 Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings [representative of wholehearted obedience and service to God] thereon unto the LORD thy God:

27:7 And thou shalt offer peace offerings [representative of being reconciled to and at peace with God], and shalt eat [the peace offerings] there, and rejoice before the LORD thy God.

Peace Offerings at their entry into the physical promised land given to them by God was an allegory of the entry of the New Covenant called out overcomers into the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life and their state of peace with God. 

The people of physical and spiritual Israel are never to forget that their place in the Promised Land is absolutely conditional on their faithful zeal to live by every Word of God.

27:8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

Notice here very plainly, how hugely important the keeping of all the commandments is to our Great God. 

Our baptismal commitment is to live by EVERY Word of God, as we enter voluntarily into a marriage covenant of espousal to a spiritual Husband.

Whether we are chosen to be changed to spirit and enter a final formal marriage with Christ in eternal life, or we are not chosen; is entirely dependent on whether we love God enough to zealously “be a DOER of the Law” now, and diligently DO WHAT God COMMANDS!

27:9 And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God.

27:10 Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day.

Moses instructs the Levites to loudly declare blessings for obedience and cursing’s for not diligently living by every Word of God.

27:11 And Moses charged the people the same day, saying,

27:12 These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin:

27:13 And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

27:14 And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice,

Physical idolatry has its spiritual counterpart; the idolizing of corporate organizations, men and the traditions of men; to follow them in place of living by every Word of God.

27:15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

The spiritual lesson of obedience to physical parents is that we are to be submissive and obedient to God the Father, living by His every Word.

27:16 Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

This refers to stealing anything and to stealing land in particular.

27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Spiritually, leading the blind astray refers to teaching false doctrine leading folks astray spiritually.  

27:18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.

This refers to the perverting of godly judgment and not dealing justly with all people

27:19 Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.

This refers to shaming one’s father, as a type of spiritually bringing shame on God the Father.

27:20 Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s wife [since polygamy did exist at that time this would include but does not necessarily mean having one’s own mother]; because he uncovereth his father’s skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Spiritually this refers to our fidelity to our spiritual Husband Jesus Christ above all others, and the rejection of all false ways and sinful abominations.

27:21 Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen.

This is a new law instituted by God through Moses, after humanity had reproduced enough that having one’s sister was no longer needed [as it was in Adam’s days, even Abraham having his own sister to wife].  This command separated Israel from the custom of the Egyptians at that time, which was to marry one’s sister.

27:22 Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Here it is forbidden for a man to have a woman and her mother, which logically forbids a man to take a woman and her daughter.  That is, a man having his own daughter is absolutely forbidden.  The penalty for these things is to be cursed by God to utter and absolute destruction.

27:23 Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law [his wife’s mother]. And all the people shall say, Amen.

27:24 Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen.

27:25 Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Spiritually this refers to the sin of Balaam in taking a reward to lead the people astray from God into sin and so spiritually murdering them.  This is a great sin in the Ekklesia today as many lead the people astray from God in pursuit of the reward of numbers and income.

27:26 Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Some foolish and ignorant people say that God’s law is not a Law of Love!  God’s law is defined as “Love for God” and “Love for our neighbour” as Jesus Christ clearly defined the law from his own mouth!

God IS love; God’s law IS love: BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD!!!

Matthew 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

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  1. Deut. 27:2 And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaister them with plaister:

    James comments on same:
    When they entered the land they were told to list the laws of God [the laws of the Land of God] on a monument at the border.

    Deut 27:3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee.

    Deut 27:4 Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaister them with plaister.

    More exactly which are “the laws of the land of God” and how do they differ from “all the words of this law” as stated in Deut 27:3, which would certainly imply the 10 commandments and the rest of the statutes as detailed in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

    A more exact definition of which are the “laws of the land” and how they might differ from “all the words of this law wold be helpful in understanding what is being communicated by Mses in this passage.

    Tim McCaulley
    Jacksonville FL

    Some might argue this but to me this means that the entire “Book of the Law” which is Deuteronomy, was to be written on this monument; just as it is to be regularly read and expounded at the Feast of Tabernacles and was to be personally copied out by every king in the land. James

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