Deuteronomy 1-12

Updated 1 Oct, 2015

This Feast of Tabernacles will feature a study through the book of Deuteronomy as commanded in the scriptures.  I will try to do a thorough study but I expect that next time around [planned for 2017] there will still be much more to learn from this fifth book of Moses.

The Fifth Book of Moses is: A WARNING to Judah and ALL Israel; that the gift of the Promised Land and their remaining in that Promised Land. was and is; entirely and totally CONDITIONAL on their obedience to ALL of the commandments of Almighty God!

Because 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 land is NOT permanent; it is CONDITIONAL on obedience to the commandments and will of God!

We are commanded to read through the Book of Deuteronomy during the Feast of Tabernacles on every Sabbatical year, Deu 31:10. Since most of the so called people of God ignore this scriptural command, I will be going through the Book again this Feast.

Deuteronomy was the last Book written by Moses and was written just before his death and the entrance of the people into the 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 they turn away, as well as the blessings for being zealous for the Eternal and his Word.

Such a warning is the theme of my mission and is urgently needed by the lukewarm, lax, spiritually indolent, complacent, compromising people of God today.

The Book of Deuteronomy is a very strong indictment of the sinful in physical Israel and of the Church of God today. The Book of Deuteronomy is a direct message to the church of God today; as lax, lukewarm and sinful, they are facing a strong correction. 

Moses spoke these words to Israel in his farewell address and a scribe recorded them in a book [roll, scroll].

 

Deuteronomy 1

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 and commandments were and are God’s Word’s not Moses’ words; Moses was merely the messenger: it was the one who became 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 begins 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 travelled across.  This was the borders of Israel during the reign of David and Solomon and is to be the millennial borders of Israel in Palestine the millennial borders of the tribes to also include their present locations.  During the millennium each tribe will retain its present land across the world and in addition have its representation of headquarters government in Palestine.

david_kingdom_map1:7 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 through Moses.

Next Moses speaks of how a system of governance was to be set up and agreed to by all the people. This system of Judges was separate from the priesthood and was Patriarchal in nature. Moses then instructs these leaders on how they are 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 based on God’s commandments. Moses then begins 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 are then 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 the works of faith to a deep abiding faith in our Mighty One and stand up to FOLLOW HIM withersoever 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 faith in, the Great “I AM” and added to that sin of faithlessness,  the sin of blaming God for what they irrationally feared.  Just as today many say that God’s way’s are too hard to for us to keep, forgetting that we are not alone and that it is God the Almighty who goes before us, if only we would follow him; and we turn away from any zeal to keep the whole Word of God to compromise and try to follow our own false ways.

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 reminds 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 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, well in advance choice by God so that the one chosen to succeed Moses would have time to be properly trained for the responsibility and to prove himself.

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.:Which in the same problem in 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 you cry out to him then.  God will accept you but you must prove the sincerity of your 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

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 [this journey to Seir after refusing to enter the land and the journey back, along with the 38 years in Mt Seir, totaled 40 years see V 7]: and we compassed [camped beside Mt Seir for 38 years see v 14] mount Seir many days [years].

At this point God begins to lead the people back toward the land after they have 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 the spiritually called out who lack the faith to diligent follow the whole Word of God will also be destroyed if they will not repent, and even with sincere repentance today’s spiritually lax will be required to endure much to prove themselves. 

Israel is forbidden to take of 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]; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead:

2:22 As he 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 Canaanites were to be totally destroyed as symbols 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 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 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.

 

Deuteronomy 3

God begins to deliver the wicked into the hand 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 the 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 land.

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 is then allowed to see the promised land from a mountain top and to instruct Joshua his successor. 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 message to the people.

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.

 

Deuteronomy 4

This history was a precursor to the real meat of the message to Israel and to spiritual Israel for all these things were written for us. 2 Ti 3:16, 1 Cor 10.

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 physical Israel that he called out of Egypt who fell into idolatry [following anything other than the Eternal]; and he will destroy all of the spiritually called out into the New Covenant if they follow idols, including 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 the Ekklesia today will be destroyed by God for our idolatry in 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 and judgments, not those of Moses;  Moses merely delivered teh message from God to us.  These words of God were to be done 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 is 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!

Paul said: 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 sin by living a perfect life and giving that life for his creation 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 has come to replace the old. 

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 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 to worship it, 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 someone 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 the law of our God.

We are always to be totally loyal to our Master and 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 Israel will be cast back into slavery and captivity.

Spiritual Israel has been called out of spiritual Egypt by the Father; who has Called us out of spiritual Egypt and into a New Covenant Jer 31:31, and we have been delivered from the bondage of sin by the application of the Atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Take heed lest you forget your baptismal commitment to God and his law; 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 them at that time the old Mosaic Covenant and for us our spiritual covenant of Jer 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 following any other besides 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 their obedience to the Eternal. 

Today the Jews do NOT obey the commandments and will be again punished for their sins.

The New Covenant  people of God also no longer keep God’s commandments with any kind of zeal and are guilty of gross compromise and laxity on the things of God and the keeping of our Marriage Covenant with Christ.  We have become organization proud and not faithful to the Husband of our baptismal espousal, therefore Christ will reject those who will not repent. He loves us, he stands at our door knocking and we will not let him in. We “know it all” and 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 [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 his 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 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.

 

Deuteronomy 5

Then Moses begins to teach the law, statutes and judgments of the Eternal.  These laws were for all the people.

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 law was written in tables of stone to show that these people were hard hearted and lacking in God’s spirit. Those called into the New Covenant Jer31:31 are to have the law written on the tables of their hearts and are to have the law of God become a part of our very natures.

Today we have become lax, forgetting our Covenant and have departed from God, becoming hearers of the law and NOT doers, doing what we think is right instead of what God has commanded. 

These Ten Commandments each need a whole article to themselves, and that will come in future with doctrinal studies.  For now I will only make brief comments.

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:

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 break this commandment daily as we exalt our elders and organizations above God’s law. Often excusing our sin by saying “the Teacher said it was alright.” This IS idolatry spiritual ADULTERY; and we shall NOT be held guiltless before 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 and then do not keep his commandments.  We take his name in vain every time we call ourselves the church [people] of God and then bring disgrace on his ways 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 for that specifically permitted or commanded by God], and we are NOT to be responsible to anyone else working on any weekly Sabbath or 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 his Sabbaths and Holy Day’s spending time with our Creator, learning of him and teaching our families. The vast majority of people in the Church of God call the 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 care for our parents and the families that God has blessed us with. Mat 15

5:17 Thou shalt not kill.

Yes, in the Ekklesia we do murder; and you ask how do we murder?  Because when we condemn any who are zealous for God and his commandments, persecuting and attacking them. Calling them Pharisees and self righteous as you seek to turn them away for their zeal and seek to murder their passion for our Husband, thereby causing them to sin and fall into tribulation with yourselves; and by teaching your 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 they not steal what is God’s for yourselves. They steal his time on Sabbath and Holy Days. They make merchandise of God’s flock and use his sheep for their own advantage. They try to steal 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 the Word of God are godly, when you are not. many elders tell the people not to be [over] righteous twisting the words of Solomon in Ecc. They lie and deceive about the 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 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.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation [thoughts and conduct] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

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 is chosen as Mediator of the Mosaic Covenant and is a symbolic example of Jesus Christ as 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.

Christ then long’s for a converted heart in his wife that she would obey him and seek to please him out of 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. 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, Rev 3:16.  

God is working to place such an obedient faithful heart in his new covenant called out but we have strayed very far from him: for this cause he will afflict the flesh 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!

Israel is sent away while Moses hears the Word of the LORD, which Moses then gives 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 or diminish from the Word of God!  Neither the pope nor ANY other person has the right to  loose the Word of God; they are to bind and loose judgments in human disputes according to the Word of God:  NOT try to change God’s Word according to their own opinions.

 

Deuteronomy 6

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 Called Out] 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].  As possession of the physical Promised Land is absolutely dependent on obedience to all of God’s commandments; so, entry into and continued possession of eternal life is utterly dependent on keeping all of the commandments 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]:  This is 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 3:16 beware they we do not depart from our God to follow idols of men who cannot save us.

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” church governance of Roman Catholicism; we are NOT to exalt men above the Word of God as the Ekklesia has done;  that 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 [keeping God’s Word and Will to live 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 the bondage of 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 sin, and Israel being Called Out of Egypt was a type of spiritual Israel being Called Out of bondage to sin and death.  The New Covenant Called to Christ are a spiritual Israel.  Please see the Spring Holy Days category articles here.

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 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 [Physical life and freedom being an allegorical promise of eternal life for the faithful overcomers], as it is at this day.

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.

 

Deuteronomy 7

As God destroyed or drove the wicked Canaanites out of the Promised Land; he will also severely correct modern 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 zealous to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal; we shall 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 are used as a type of the utterly wicked and the command to completely destroy the Canaanites was an instructional allegory, 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 on marriages with the unconverted.  The godly are not to marry those who have no zeal to live by every Word of God.  Why?  v 4

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 worshipped 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 groves of 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. 

The Ekklesia which are supposed to be the salt that makes this wickedness endurable are just as wicked in both the physical and the spiritual sense as well.  Today teh assemblies are full of physical sexual sin, and are 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 to be Holy as God is Holy. 

1 Peter 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar [special] 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 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 [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 and the new Jer 31:31] and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:

These physical blessings for faithfulness to the Old Covenant have their spiritual blessings 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 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 the god-king of this world, for the Almighty shall defeat him as 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.

As God promised to drive out the Canaanites; he has also promised to drive all sin out of repentant men, strengthening them to overcome and drive out all sin [which is the breaking of the law 1 Joh 3:4].

Fear not 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.

As God gave the land to physical Israel; he will give the Promised Land of eternal life in peace and harmony with God and man, and God will destroy all commandment breaking and wickedness out of us, if we will only turn from our sin and follow HIM!

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 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 also overcome all sin and enthusiastically keep all of God’s commandments, to be chosen to enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life and peace with God.

Deuteronomy 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 do what God commands, not being lifted up with pride and doing what we think is right, instead of what God commands.

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 being a type of the Bread of Life, 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, to live as Christ lived, to live by every Word of God. 

We know John tell us that Jesus is the Logos the Word of God who inspired the entirety of Holy Scriptures and we shall see in the Books of Moses studies 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 the Bread of Life.  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; an dos God’s Word is the sweetest thing, more to be desired than great physical treasure,  for the faithful of God.

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, which we shall study during the Feast of Tabernacles. 

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, 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 they repent.  One more victory is given to them in the coming Mideast regional war; and after that judgment will quickly come. 

Spiritual New Covenant Israel has also turned aside from God and fallen away into idolatry as we were warned in 2 Thess 2:3 and many other scriptures. 

How can we remember 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 3:16, lest we turn from our zeal to live by every Word of God and lean tour 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 blessings of physical wealth to the faithful of the Mosaic Covenant, it is God Almighty that gives spiritual power to get spiritual wealth 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 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 shall once again be taken into captivity and driven out of the 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 captivity of Judah SHALL take place just as surely as they will be victorious in this one last war! 

Apostate Spiritual Israel will also be rejected by Christ and cast into great tribulation to afflict the flesh 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 casts our sin out from us and 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!

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 seek our own ways and turn aside from the Word of  God.  For this apostasy we shall 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.

As physical Israel continually provoked the Eternal, so 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.  As Moses was the only intercessor between God and man; even so, Jesus Christ has become the ONLY Mediator between man and God.

1 Timothy 2:5   For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; [NOT Mary, Mohammad, Buddha or some Rabbi, Pope, or teacher.]

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.

As 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 be exalted as idols of men  in place of any zeal to keep the 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.

Jesus Christ is about to destroy our golden calves of corporate entities and  false leaders; 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 writes with his own hand God’s ten basic commandments on the second two tablits 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 of the journey from Sinai; perhaps these two verses were put out of place by the translators. 

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.

Back to Moses on 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.

Later after the tabernacle is built and after the Passover of the second year at Sinai, Israel is told to journey to go to possess the Promised Land.

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 of 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 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 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;

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 withersoever he goeth, will rise up from the grave in total victory over death;  like physical Israel came up out of the 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; for 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 that we might live by every Word of God, and so 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 the 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 [needed to irrigate it], 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 millennial 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 zeal to follow our God, into following our own ways and 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;

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 in you and everywhere you 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 your 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 shall have 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 [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 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; 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 keep 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 to make 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 will require of us for all eternity:  To utterly destroy all sin and evil, and to keep his commandments always; without even a hint of compromise.  The altars were by the groves of green [evergreen] trees as fertility symbols. 

As God commanded physical Israel to destroy all idolatry; the spiritually called out are to destroy all spiritual idolatry; which is following 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

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.

You shall NOT worship your God as the heathen worship their gods; instead you shall worship as GOD commands you!  You shall NOT do what is right in your own eyes; you SHALL DO what God has commanded you!

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

We are to seek God alone and to worship him by 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.

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 at Jerusalem; going to Jerusalem being  a type of coming before and obeying the Eternal; while worshipping 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 millennial 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 may 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 millennial temple.

On the other hand we should remember the unpaid faithful elders, deacons and 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.

Now speaking of the far future when the people have spread widely. God is revealing that the festivals will then be celebrated locally. 

I would expect that during the millennium instead of the whole population of the earth going up to Jerusalem three times a year; that 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. 

Just imagine perhaps ten or fifteen million people keeping the pilgrim Feasts at Jerusalem three times each year.

At that time people will be able to kill and eat meat during the Festivals, 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.

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 commandments.  Be very careful to prove ALL things by the Word of God and hold fast that which is scripturally proven. God’s Word is our standard: NOT the words of any man.  Do not follow idols of men who try to deceive you 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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