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Deuteronomy 7 – 12

Deuteronomy 7

Just as God caused Israel to destroy or drive many of the wicked Canaanites out of the Promised Land and then removed Israel for their sins; he will also severely correct modern physical and spiritual Israel for breaking the commandments of God. 

What applies to physical Israel also applies to the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant; if we are not passionate to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal; we will also be rejected by our LORD.

Deuteronomy 7:1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;

The wicked Canaanites were used as a type of the unrepentant wicked and the command to completely destroy the Canaanites was an instructional allegory, and an object lesson for us; that in due time God will destroy all the unrepentant wicked.

7:2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

The forbidding of marriages with the Canaanites is a prohibition against marriages with the unconverted.  The godly are not to marry and become one with those who have no zeal to live by every Word of God.  Why? 

7:3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.  7:4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

The Canaanites worshiped fertility with odious orgies intended to arouse the gods to bring fertility to the earth.  They and every trace of their religion was to be wiped out from the earth.

7:5 But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves [fertility trees like the Christmas tree and also phallic symbols of  de-branched trees], and burn their graven images with fire.

Today’s Judeo Anglo Saxon society is just as wicked as the Canaanites were, with our rampant fornication, homosexuality and adultery while denying God. 

Today’s spiritual Ekklesia who are supposed to be the salt that makes this wickedness endurable to God, are just as wicked in both the physical and the spiritual sense as well.  Today the assemblies are full of physical sexual sin, and we are also full of spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal espousal, by following idols of men instead of being passionately zealous for our LORD.

7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

If physical Israel without God’s Spirit was holy to God; how much more Holy to God are those with the New Covenant gift of God’s Spirit?  Therefore we ought to behave in holiness and godliness and we should be Holy as God is Holy. 

1 Peter 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Deuteronomy 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

God is faithful to keep his Word and he has called out a certain first fruits, not because we are good and deserving, but because he is full of mercy and love and keeps his promises.

7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

7:10 And repayeth them that hate [those who rebel and refuse to keep his Word and Will] him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth [refuse to faithfully live by every Word of God and resist and rebel against God]  him, he will repay him to his face.

7:11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.

The Lord’s blessing on the FAITHFUL who are zealous to live by every Word of God

7:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant [both the old Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31] and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:

These physical blessings for faithfulness to the Mosaic Covenant have their spiritual blessing counterparts in the New Covenant

7:13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

7:14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. 7:15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

7:16 And thou shalt consume [in the Kingdom of God, the wicked will be destroyed] all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.

The driving of the wicked out of the land was an analogy of us driving sin and commandment breaking out of our lives with the help of our Deliverer; and a prophecy of the final death of the unrepentant wicked!

7:17 If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?

7:18 Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;

7:19 The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people [the wicked] of whom thou art afraid.

7:20 Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.

We need not fear Satan the god-king of this world, for the Almighty shall defeat him just like HE defeated the god-king of Egypt; and our Deliverer will also deliver his spiritually Called Out and grant them victory over the wickedness pictured by the Canaanites. 

If we follow the lead of God and keep all of his commandments with passionate love and zeal,  God will help us until we drive every last sin and law breaking out of our lives.

Just as God promised to drive out the wicked Canaanites; he has also promised to drive all sin out of sincerely repentant persons, strengthening them to overcome and to drive out all sin [which is the breaking of the law (1 Joh 3:4).

Do not fear the temptations and persecutions of the wicked:

7:21 Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.

Just as God gave the physical promised land to physical Israel; he will give the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life in peace and harmony with God and man to those faithful to live by every Word of God!   and God will drive out all sin and wickedness out of us, if we will only turn from our sin and follow HIM!

And just as Israel could not overcome the Canaanites on their own, we cannot overcome all sin on our own, but God will NOT leave us alone!  As long as we follow HIM; he will go before us to guarantee the victory! 

7:22 And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

7:23 But the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.

7:24 And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.

God’s New Covenant called out, are to utterly detest and abhor idolatry including idols of men, or any other thing!  If any man tells you it is alright to hire catered meals on God’s Holy Sabbath’s he is a wicked deceiver; do not make an idol of him by obeying him and disobeying Almighty God.

7:25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therin: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.

7:26 Neither shalt thou bring an abomination [any idolatry] into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.

 

Deuteronomy 8

The spiritually Called Out of the New Covenant must overcome all sin and enthusiastically live by every Word of God, to be chosen to enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life at peace with God.

8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.

We must be HUMBLE before our God and we must do whatever God commands, not being lifted up with pride and doing what we think is right.

8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove [test] thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

The manna from heaven was a type of the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ and the whole Word of God

8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

God used physical hunger and thirst to teach them and us how we are to hunger and thirst after the righteousness of God.  The word righteousness means “to be right” and in the scriptural sense means to be like God and to live as Christ lived, to live by every Word of God. 

We know John tells us that Jesus is the Logos the Word of God, who inspired the entirety of Holy Scriptures, and we see in Exodus study that God gave Israel manna to eat and living waters from the rock to drink in the wilderness. 

This manna was an allegorical type that God would feed spiritual Israel with the whole Word of God which is the Bread of Life; Jesus Christ in print. 

This manna was sweet like honey:

Exodus 16:31  And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

David teaches us that God’s Word is sweeter than honey like the Manna; and like honey God’s Word is the sweetest thing, more to be desired than great physical treasure!

Psalm 19:7  The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

19:8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

John 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Jesus also said that he was the Fountain of Living Waters of the Holy Spirit of God, on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles.  See the Living Waters study here.

Jesus said:  Matthew 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 

Deuteronomy 8:4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.

The LORD chastens those who fall astray, to save us out of his great love for us, just as a good father chastens a wayward child.

8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.

8:6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

8:7 For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;  8:8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;  8:9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.

Both Israel and Judah have forgotten the commandments of God and are now ripe for another final captivity; unless we repent, our judgment will now come very quickly. 

Today’s Spiritual New Covenant Israel has also turned aside from God and has fallen away into idolizing men and corporate entities as we were warned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and many other scriptures. 

How can we speak the word “God” and yet forget him?   By forgetting to do what God has commanded us to do!

8:11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

8:12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;  8:13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;

Spiritually; Beware of becoming proud and beginning to think that we have all understanding and have need of nothing (Rev 3:14-22), lest we turn from our zeal to live by every Word of God and lean to our own ways.

8:14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;  8:15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;  8:16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

As God gave strength and many blessings of physical wealth to the faithful of the Mosaic Covenant; it is God Almighty who gives spiritual power to get spiritual wealth of knowledge and understanding in the New Covenant. 

In either case, those who become full of pride in what they have, and forsake their God; shall be forsaken by God and will fall into serious correction. 

8:17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Those who forget to keep the commandments of the Eternal will once again be taken into captivity and driven out of the physical  Promised Land, until they learn their lesson and sincerely repent.  Then a revival of godliness greater than that of the time of Ezra will come!

Judah has forgotten the law of her God and has filled the land with all manner of abominations; therefore Judah will face one last captivity to be humbled and made ready for the coming of Messiah! 

Make no mistake!  A soon coming final correction of Judah, including both physical and spiritual Israel, is at hand.

Today’s apostate Spiritual Ekklesia will also be rejected by Christ and cast into great tribulation to afflict the flesh in the hope that the spirit might be saved.

8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

8:20 As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.

 

Deuteronomy 9

Say not; that God  blesses us: “because we are good righteous folks.”  No, he has blessed us and allowed us a period of blessing to keep his promises to his friends the ancients.

Deuteronomy 9:1 Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven,  9:2 A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak!

Just as God gave them victory over the wicked as long as they faithfully followed the Eternal; so God will give us victory over sin [and ultimate victory over death itself] as long as we faithfully follow him!

9:3 Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.

It is not because of our righteousness that God has called us out of bondage to sin; it is because God is righteous and keeps HIS promises made to his servants the prophets.  

Today physical Israel and the Ekklesia of spiritual Israel are full to the top and running over with pride in ourselves, as we follow our own ways and turn aside from the Word of  God.  For this apostasy we will surely be afflicted one last time.

9:4 Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.

9:5 Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Physical Israel continually provoked the Eternal, and today’s spiritual New Covenant Israel has provoked our LORD by our continual idolatry in following idols of men away from the Husband of our baptismal commitment.

9:6 Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked [stubborn self willed] people.

9:7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.

9:8 Also in Horeb [with the gold calves at Sinai] ye provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry with you to have destroyed you.

9:9 When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water:

9:10 And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

9:11 And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.

9:12 And the LORD said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image.

9:13 Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

9:14 Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.

9:15 So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands.

God would have destroyed Israel already at Sinai, but he was merciful because of his promises to the ancients and because of the intercession of Moses.  Just as Moses was the only intercessor between God and man in the Mosaic Covenant; even so, Jesus Christ has become the ONLY Mediator between man and God in the New Covenant.

1 Timothy 2:5   For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; [NOT Mary, or any man]

Deuteronomy 9:16 And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a molten calf [idol] : ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you.

9:17 And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.

Mosaic Covenant Israel said “here is your god” referring to the idols of calves; so today the elders and leaders of the Ekklesia say to the people that they should live by the words of men in place of any zeal to live by every Word of God.  Today the golden calves of the Ekklesia are idols of men and corporate entities.

Moses repented on behalf of the people and asked God to save the people alive.

9:18 And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.  9:19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also.

9:20 And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.

9:21 And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount.

Today Jesus Christ is about to destroy our golden calves of corporate entities and  false teachers; grinding them to dust in the great correction which is now at the very door.

9:22 And at Taberah, and at Massah, and at Kibrothhattaavah, ye provoked the LORD to wrath.

9:23 Likewise when the LORD sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice.

9:24 Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.

9:25 Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

Today’s Ekklesia, like ancient Israel,  is worthy of complete destruction for our idolatry of men and corporations against our God; but those who sincerely repent will be saved.

9:26 I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

9:27 Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin:

9:28 Lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.

9:29 Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm.

 

Deuteronomy 10

God’s ten basic commandments written on the second two tables of stone

Deuteronomy 10:1 At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood.

10:2 And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark.

10:3 And I made an ark of shittim [Acacia wood] wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand.

10:4 And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me.

10:5 And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.

A short inset about the death of Aaron 

10:6 And the children of Israel took their journey from Beeroth of the children of Jaakan to Mosera: there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and Eleazar his son ministered in the priest’s office in his stead.

10:7 From thence they journeyed unto Gudgodah; and from Gudgodah to Jotbath, a land of rivers of waters.

Moses continues to speak of Mt Sinai

10:8 At that time [at Mt Sinai] the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.

10:9 Wherefore Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his brethren; the LORD is his inheritance, according as the LORD thy God promised him.

10:10 And I stayed in the mount, according to the first time, forty days and forty nights; and the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also, and the LORD would not destroy thee.

Moses speaks about the journey of Israel after the Passover of the second year at Sinai.

Numbers 9:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,

Deuteronomy 10:11 And the LORD said unto me, Arise, take thy journey before the people, that they may go in and possess the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give unto them.

Below, is what God requires of all his people!  BOTH the physically called out of Egypt of the Mosaic Covenant, Judah/Israel; and the spiritually called out of the New Covenant!

10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

10:13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

10:14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

God took delight in Abraham and therefore called Abraham’s descendants out of Egypt according to his promises.  God has also called us to become the spiritual children of Abraham, calling us to be like faithful Abraham; therefore let us also sincerely repent of our idolatry of men. 

Galatians 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 

Galatians 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham‘s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Deuteronomy 10:15 Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.

10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart [let us also sincerely repent of our idolatry and rebellion against our LORD], and be no more stiffnecked [stubborn and self willed to resist God].

10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

10:18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

10:19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

10:20 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

The Eternal is the Mighty God who alone saves;  therefore let us leave off this exalting of idols of men and rejection of any zeal to keep the Word of  God

10:21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.

10:22 Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten [male] persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.

 

Deuteronomy  11

Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always.

God has done many mighty deeds to deliver physical Israel from bondage in Egypt, and he has done many mighty deeds to deliver HIS New Covenant called out from the bondage of sin. 

These mighty deeds of God in delivering physical Israel were recorded to encourage us that our Mighty One is faithful and powerful to keep all of his promises of salvation, if we will only follow him in dedicated zeal.

11:2 And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,  11:3 And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

Just as God destroyed Pharaoh the god-king of Egypt; God will also destroy Satan the god-king of the wicked:  And the sincerely repentant who are passionate to follow the Lamb of God whithersoever he goeth, will rise up from the grave in total victory over Satan and death; just like physical Israel came up out of the Red Sea of death.  

11:4 And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;

Remember God’s correction on the stubborn self willed among physical Israel; because God will not hold back from correcting the spiritually called out when they go astray from him either.

11:5 And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place;  11:6 And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:

These things were recorded for our instruction so that we might learn to live by every Word of God, and enter the Promised Land of eternal life.

11:7 But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.

11:8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;  11:9 And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

All of these things were recorded for our instruction and we have indeed seen many miracles of deliverance in our own lives.

We should be full of faith in our God and his power to deliver us out of ALL our trials. We should know to run to our High Tower of Strength and our Deliverer in times of stress; and we should NEVER seek to prevent persecution from the wicked by hiding our light of zeal for our Great God, or by compromising with our faithfulness.

We should personally and as groups, practice what we preach and boldly declare and dedicatedly live by every Word of the LORD; without compromise or watering down to avoid offending the wicked.

11:10 For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot [a foot pump, used for irrigation], as a garden of herbs:

Today the land is not as it was; yet once the people sincerely repent and turn to godliness as the Kingdom of God begins; God’s blessings will again rain down on the land.

11:11 But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

11:12 A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

A good land is promised to the people who live by every Word of God; and a wonderful eternity with God is promised to those who overcome and keep the Spiritual New Covenant of Marriage with Jesus Christ and very Lamb of God.

Physical blessings for obedience; all of which have their spiritual counterparts

11:13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

11:14 That I will give you the rain of your land [spiritually, God’s Spirit will rain down upon the faithful] in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain [the seasonal spring and fall rains are a type of God pouring his spirit first on the early first fruits faithful, and later on the sincerely repentant main fall harvest of humanity], that thou mayest gather in thy corn [grain], and thy wine, and thine oil [as a type that God will gather in His harvest of humanity].

The faithful to live by every Word of God will produce much spiritual fruit through the blessings of God’s Spirit.

11:15 And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.

When we are blessed, we must be careful not to become filled with pride and so thinking ourselves wise depart from our zeal to follow our God, and begin to go our own ways following idols of men; as is done in the Ekklesia today.

11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

Just as God shuts up the rain on the land for wickedness; he will also withhold his Holy Spirit from those who are not zealous to live by his Word.

11:17 And then the LORD’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

11:18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand [keep and live by the Word of God, fulfilling God’s Word in our every deed], that they may be as frontlets between your eyes [keep God’s Word always in our minds and hearts].

 

The duty of parents

11:19 And ye shall teach them [God’s Word to] your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

11:20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: [God’s Word shall be always be in our thoughts, and everywhere we look God’s Word should come to mind]

11:21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

Let our meditation be upon the things of God day and night, as it was with the Lord’s beloved David (Psalm 119).

11:22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;

If the New Covenant called out are diligent to zealously live by every Word of God, then we will be given total victory over Satan and bondage to sin and the grave, through the power of God.

11:23 Then will the LORD drive out all these nations [after their sins came to the full, the Canaanites were symbolic of Satanic wickedness] from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.

In the spiritual sense; if we are faithful to follow the Lamb of God, God will drive out all sin from within us and defeat Satan and his supporters who oppress us, and we shall inherit eternal life and a place in The Eternal Kingdom of God.

The millennial borders of the physical promised land in the Middle East; to which will be added the additional lands that the nations of Israel have been given

11:24 Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.

Spiritually speaking, neither Satan nor any of his supporters can prevail against us on the spiritual plane; no not even the grave can conquer those who are zealously faithful followers of the Lamb of God!

11:25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

The physical promised land and Theocracy of Israel was a type of the eternal Kingdom of God!  

Possession of eternal life with God, is CONDITIONAL on our faithful obedience to HIM; just as possession of the physical promised land by Israel is CONDITIONAL on their faithful obedience to God. 

The blessings for the faithful to God and the curses for following idols of men to do what seems right in our own eyes.  Each of these points has its spiritual counterpart.

11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

11:27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:

Today we obey men and not God; we have gone after other gods, making men our gods and idols in place of the Eternal

11:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

11:29 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.

11:30 Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down [on the west side of Jordan in the land], in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh?

11:31 For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein.

11:32 And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day.

 

Deuteronomy  12

Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.

This is what God requires of us for all eternity:  To utterly destroy all sin and evil, and to live by every Word of God always; without even a hint of compromise.  

As God commanded physical Israel to destroy all idolatry; the spiritually called out are to destroy all spiritual idolatry; which also includes idols of men and corporate entities.  We are to follow the Eternal God and to follow HIM only!  Proving the words of men by the whole Word of God and following only the Word of God! 

1 Thessalonians 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good

Pagan altars were often set up by groves of green [evergreen] trees as fertility symbols. 

Deuteronomy 12:2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:

12:3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.

We must NOT worship our God as others worship their gods; instead we must worship GOD in the way that God commands us!  We must NOT do what is right in our own eyes; we must DO what God has commanded us!

12:4 Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.

We are to seek God alone and to worship him through living by every Word of God.

12:5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:

God chose Jerusalem during the days of David and Solomon.

12:6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:  12:7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.

At this point the tabernacle has been set and it is assumed that they will be entering the land immediately.  Once the tabernacle was set up, sacrifices were to be made at the tabernacle before God and they could no longer offer sacrifices anywhere they wanted. 

12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. 12:9 For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you. 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;

Speaking of the future religious activities in the promised land; not coming before the Eternal at his tabernacle/temple while claiming to worship God while sacrificing elsewhere; was a type of deciding for ourselves to do as we please.  

It is because there is no Temple today that physical sacrifices are not to be offered until the new Ezekiel Temple is built by Messiah when he comes.

12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:

12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

Sacrifices could ONLY be made at the tabernacle or later the Temple in Jerusalem.

12:13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:

12:14 But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee [regarding sacrifices and the Temple service].

12:15 Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.

12:16 Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.

We must NOT eat any blood in any way. We must be very careful to avoid such things as bloody unwashed meat or so called supplements containing hemoglobin or other blood and blood components.

This next instruction is about the Festival tithes and vows. Remember that the Levites were a tribe in Israel with their own widows, orphans and handicapped; this is not talking about giving gifts to already paid elders.  The Levitical priesthood of the Mosaic Covenant was done away by the death of Christ.

A new priesthood of Levi shall yet be called into the New Covenant and serve in the physical things of the Ezekiel Temple.

On the other hand we should remember the unpaid faithful elders, deacons and volunteer brethren who do so much for the brethren out of a real and sincere love, and many of whom may well be in genuine need. 

The festival tithe and freewill offerings

12:17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn [grain], or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:

12:18 But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.

12:19 Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.

People are allowed to kill and eat meat anywhere, but the official sacrifices must still be made at the temple in Jerusalem.

12:20 When the LORD thy God shall enlarge thy border, as he hath promised thee, and thou shalt say, I will eat flesh, because thy soul longeth to eat flesh; thou mayest eat flesh, whatsoever thy soul [lawfully] lusteth after.

God now speaks of a time when the people will have spread far away from Jerusalem and everyone could not go up to the Feast three times a year.

I would expect that during the millennium instead of the whole population of the earth going up to Jerusalem three times a year; the festivals would be observed locally and that official delegations from all nations would go up to Jerusalem for the Festivals.  By changing the make up of the delegations everyone would have a chance to go at least once in their life time.   

12:21 If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the LORD hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.

12:22 Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so thou shalt eat them: the unclean and the clean shall eat of them alike.

12:23 Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.

12:24 Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water.

12:25 Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.

12:26 Only thy holy things [the actual sacrifices must be taken to the temple at Jerusalem to be offered to God] which thou hast, and thy [the sacrifices of the Nazarites] vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the LORD shall choose:

12:27 And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of the LORD thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of the LORD thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.

12:28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.

12:29 When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;

We must NOT add to nor diminish from God’s Word.  Be very careful to prove ALL things by the Word of God and hold fast that which is scripturally proven.

God’s Word must be our standard: NOT the words of any man.  Do not follow idols of men who try to deceive us into turning aside from any zeal for God with smooth words and clever reasoning’s.

12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

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