Deuteronomy – Deu 10:6-11 Our Twisted, Torturous Journey to the Land of Rivers

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Deu 10:6-11 Our Twisted, Torturous Journey to the Land of Rivers

Deu 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. 
Deu 10:7  From thence they journeyed unto Gudgodah; and from Gudgodah to Jotbath, a land of rivers of waters. 
Deu 10:8  At that time 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. 
Deu 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. 
Deu 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. 
Deu 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. 

Let's begin by defining the names of the places from where Isreael moved then to the "land of rivers of waters" in verse 6 and 7. The compilation of the meanings of the names of the places they visited during their travels is very enlightening.

H881
בְּאֵרוֹת
be'êrôth
be-ay-rohth'
Feminine plural of H875; wells; Beeroth, a place in Palestine: - Beeroth.
Total KJV occurrences: 6

H875
בְּאֵר
be'êr
be-ayr'
From H874; a pit; especially a well: - pit, well.
Total KJV occurrences: 37

H3292
יַעֲקָן
ya‛ăqân
yah-ak-awn'
From the same as H6130; Jaakan, an Idumaean: - Jaakan. Compare H1142.
Total KJV occurrences: 2

H6130
עָקָן
‛âqân
aw-kawn'
From an unused root meaning to twist; tortuous; Akan, an Idumaean: - Akan. Compare H3292.
Total KJV occurrences: 1

H1412
גֻּדְגֹּדָה
gûdgôdâh
gud-go'-daw
By reduplication from H1413 (in the sense of cutting) cleft; Gudgodah, a place in the Desert: - Gudgodah.
Total KJV occurrences: 2

H1413
גָּדַד
gâdad
gaw-dad'
A primitive root (compare H1461); to crowd; also to gash (as if by pressing into): - assemble (selves by troops), gather (selves together, self in troops), cut selves.
Total KJV occurrences: 9

H3193
יָטְבָתָה
yoṭbâthâh
yot-baw'-thaw
From H3192; Jotbathah, a place in the Desert: - Jotbath, Jotbathah.
Total KJV occurrences: 3

H3192
יָטְבָה
yoṭbâh
yot-baw'
From H3190; pleasantness; Jotbah, a place in Palestine: - Jotbah.
Total KJV occurrences: 1

So, from wells or pits of twisting torture, we end up in correction where our priest dies. From there God has helped Aaron's son EleazerH499 now minister in the priest's office, instead of the old priest. From correction we journey to a place of cutting, where we are crowded together until we reach pleasantness, a land of rivers of waters. This simple almost childish explanation of our journey is what we have been talking about in the last few studies on Monday nights, Tuesday nights, Thursday nights, Friday mornings and on Sundays. This simple story is so complex yet at the same time a child can understand it, if that person is a child of God. To anyone else it sounds like speaking in a unknown tongue, like it is baby talk and confusing. We are those little children being called and chosen to Him.

Mat 18:1  At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Mat 18:2  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
Mat 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:5  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Mat 18:6  But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

We've discussed for weeks the journey of the Israelites; the places they go, their fighting, warring and the complaining. This is our journey in type from our creation as Adam;

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

After creation we continue to our growth into Noah, where we are submersed in the waters of the word and humbled;

Gen 7:11  In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Gen 7:12  And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Gen 7:13  In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
Gen 7:14  They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
Gen 7:15  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
Gen 7:16  And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
Gen 7:17  And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
Gen 7:18  And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
Gen 7:19  And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
Gen 7:20  Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
Gen 7:21  And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
Gen 7:22  All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
Gen 7:23  And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
Gen 7:24  And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

From Noah we continue on to the faith which comes from death; the faith that is shown in Abram;

Gen 15:1  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Gen 15:2  And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
Gen 15:3  And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
Gen 15:4  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
Gen 15:5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Gen 15:6  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Gen 15:7  And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

From Abram we go through many changes and stages of growth until we are enslaved in Egypt;

Gen 15:13  And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Gen 15:14  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

After our sojourn into the slavery to our flesh, we are released from our slavery to self to a life of continual trials and death. Parts of us die, and parts are born. We will endure night after night of pain and darkness and day after day of light from that darkness. This is the process of becoming a child of God. It is in this process we begin to see our separation from the world, and we begin to carry our cross. It is here we learn our inheritance is not like what the rest of the world will receive. Our inheritance is the LORD Himself. We were created to bear the Ark, the cross of Christ, until we cross the Jordan, part the waters and lead the rest of mankind, individually, across the Jordan into the promised land. Each individual must cross the Jordan and die, before he can enter the kingdom of God. Crossing the Jordan is just the first step, then we must be taught about the building of the temple, and all the Captivity of Babylon must be burned out of us. All our own land will be conquered and defeated.

Jos 21:43  And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.
Jos 21:44  And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.
Jos 21:45  There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

Our own personal lands are defeated, but there are many inhabitants still hiding in our lands. We live in them, but the inhabitants are still hiding in the bushes. These inhabitants must be searched out and found, and this happens when they are captured by Babylon and all the rest of the inhabitants are squeezed out of the land. The Elect have their lands on the other side of Jordan - meaning we have our portion and land waiting for us. However, we cannot obtain that land as a dwelling place until after our family has their land defeated.

We must never see ourselves as just one parable or just as the 2 1/2 tribes, because we are also the Levites, the priests, the kings, etc. The end game is that our inheritance is the LORD Himself. We have been chosen by God to lead the rest of mankind across the Jordan to the promised land, Paradise, The kingdom of God.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

There are not many days during which I do not think about this process. This process is what Christ has put into my heart and is seen as the promise to Abram, whose seed shall be as the stars of heaven. That promise was to you and me, the Elect of God from the foundation of the world.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

All of this is truth, if you are given the faith to believe it. If you believe you are part of the Body of the Head that directs you, Christ, you have that faith. If you are caught up in freewill, free moral agency, that you have choices independent and separate from God, then you will have to cross the Jordan BEFORE you possess your land. The promise is to "you and all your children".

Act 2:39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Our children are those in the world who will be saved from eternal death by going through the death of their man of sin. That man of sin is the people of the land who will be conquered. We cannot rest in the promised land until we see the Rest as our Head. The battle is already won, Christ has conquered the land, He has delivered them into our hands, which are His hands. We wield the sword of the word which proceeds out of the mouth of Christ;

Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Rev 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
Rev 14:2  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
Rev 14:3  And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Rev 14:4  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
Rev 14:5  And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

We possess the sharp two-edged sword which proceeds out of the mouth of Christ because we are the mouth of Christ. You and I are the mouth of Christ by which everyone shall live during the lake of fire. They will live because we possess the words of life.

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Exo 4:15  And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 
Exo 4:16  And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God. 

We are the priests of the tribe of Levi who enter the holy of holies. We carry the Ark/Cross across the Jordan, we bear the cross until all have crossed, and then we use that cross, in the holy of holies, to sacrifice all the sins of the world on that Cross of Christ. We see that He has borne our sins and that He has created our lives; we did not create them. He bore what we could not - the sins of the world. We bear one another's burdens by showing them the power of the cross; that Jesus Christ bore the sins of the world, the sins of the world which He had created in this world to His own glory. Adam and Eve did not bear fruit until after they were banished from the garden, from Paradise. Christ has birthed us after He sacrificed His own glory, willingly, and appeared in flesh.

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

It is to the glory of the Father that every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is LORD of heaven and earth. We journey from pits of twisting, tortuous doctrines to correction. While at correction our priest dies, who sacrificed our golden calves, and from there we go through self-sacrificing until we are gathered together in the body and reach a land of rivers. This story of the Israelites is our story. They are us, we are them. We are each on our particular journey. Our land is being conquered as the 2 1/2 tribes of Israel on this side the Jordan, so we can lead the rest of mankind across it when the time comes. May God grant us the wisdom to keep our eyes focused on the finished product and not look back.

Gen 19:26  But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Luk 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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