Deuteronomy – Deu 11:1-2 Love the LORD and Keep His Commandments

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Deu 11:1-2 Love the LORD and Keep His Commandments

[Study aired August 2, 2019]

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

This first verse has five things we are commanded to do; five being the number to identify chastening grace. As in all of scripture these things are being spoken to Christ’s wife, the church. So, the love is toward our Head as our Head. The keeping of His charge is to the church to maintain His statutes, judgments and commandments. We are to run His home by His design.

Pro 31:10  Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Pro 31:11  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
Pro 31:12  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Pro 31:13  She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
Pro 31:14  She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
Pro 31:15  She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
Pro 31:16  She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
Pro 31:17  She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
Pro 31:18  She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
Pro 31:19  She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
Pro 31:20  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
Pro 31:21  She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Pro 31:22  She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Pro 31:23  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
Pro 31:24  She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Pro 31:25  Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Pro 31:26  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Pro 31:27  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 
Pro 31:28  Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Pro 31:29  Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Pro 31:30  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Pro 31:31  Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

She loves her Husband and shows it by keeping His “charge”. His charge is masculine as from the man to the woman, and her keeping that charge is in the feminine because she as the wife makes sure the house is run the way He has charged.

H4931
מִשְׁמֶרֶת
mishmereth
mish-meh’-reth
Feminine of H4929; watch, that is, the act (custody) or (concretely) the sentry, the post; objectively preservation, or (concretely) safe; figuratively observance, that is, (abstractly) duty, or (objectively) a usage or party: – charge, keep, to be kept, office, ordinance, safeguard, ward, watch.
Total KJV occurrences: 78

If you notice, the word is the feminine of H4929.

H4929
מִשְׁמָר
mishmâr
mish-mawr’
From H8104; a guard (the man, the post, or the prison); figuratively a deposit; also (as observed) a usage (abstractly), or an example (concretely): – diligence, guard, office, prison, ward, watch.

Total KJV occurrences: 22

All twenty-two occurrences are speaking to men or manly jobs, guarding prisons, being the ward of a prison, etc. See below.

H4929
משׁמר
mishmâr
Total KJV Occurrences: 22
ward, 12
Gen_40:3-4 (2), Gen_40:7, Gen_41:10, Gen_42:17, Lev_24:12, Num_15:34, 1Ch_26:16 (2), Neh_12:24-25 (3)
watch, 4
Neh_4:9, Neh_7:3, Jer_51:12 (2)
guard, 3
Neh_4:22-23 (2), Eze_38:7
diligence, 1
Pro_4:23
offices, 1
Neh_13:14
prison, 1
Gen_42:19

This is significant because our study today is about the commandments to the church – the feminine. How does the church, the wife mete out the love of her Husband? By keeping His charge, statutes, judgments, and commandments in His home. Also, the word “charge” is in the feminine, not masculine. When we read scripture, in the flesh, we read it as though it is speaking to us a man or a woman, or in our scripture today, as though it is speaking to the literal Israelites. However, this is not the case. The scriptures were written to the church only, to God’s people, who together make up the wife of Christ. We as the wife are to run His house by the charges He has given us. We are to teach our children the ways of the Husband, we are to handle His money (His righteousness) with regards to its source. We are to not shame His name, and so on. Scripture outlines this principle in several places, such as the ones we read in Proverbs 31 and the ones below are more examples.

1Pe 3:1  Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
1Pe 3:2  While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
1Pe 3:3  Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
1Pe 3:4  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1Pe 3:5  For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
1Pe 3:6  Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
1Pe 3:7  Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Our scriptures today begin with the word “therefore”, which indicates they are the conclusion of something already said in Deuteronomy 10.

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

“Therefore” because He has done all these great miracles in our life (destroying Pharaoh) and has increased us in knowledge and wisdom and has given us a name that is above all names, we should cleave to Him and swear by His Name, Jesus Christ. When our eyes have been opened and we see these great and terrible things the LORD has done for us, we will love Him, keep His charge and His statutes and His judgments and His commandments. However, we do it as a whole; as the whole we keep His charge. We don’t do it individually separately from the Body, but collectively as a whole Body. I cannot be obedient separate from you, and you cannot be obedient separate from me. When I am disobedient, you are disobedient, when you are obedient, I am obedient. When I, as the head of my family, bring shame to my home, my whole home is shamed, not just me. They must suffer the consequences of my evil right along with me. But, visa-versa, when I bring honor, the whole family is honored. Christ is speaking to us today in Deuteronomy 11:1 as His whole body, as His wife. Let’s read Deuteronomy 10:20-11:2 without verse numbers and allow these charges, statutes, judgments and commandments be seen as speaking to the wife of Christ. Read it as the instructions a wife would receive from her husband.

“Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.  He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.  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. Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.  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,”

It is obvious that the LORD Jesus Christ is speaking to His wife. He is telling her to examine what He has done for her, how he has saved her, how he has destroyed all for her, how he has taken care of her, dressed her with fine clothes and jewels of His righteousness and now He requires her to keep His house. He distinctly points out in Deuteronomy 11:2, “I speak not with your children which have not KNOWN, and which have not SEEN the chastisement of the LORD your God (that we have seen), His greatness, His mighty hand, and His stretched out arm.” When He says we shall cleave to His name, He is telling us as the body, we are taking on His name, we are becoming one with Him.

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Gen 2:21  And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Gen 2:22  And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Gen 2:23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Gen 2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Gen 2:25  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

The negative application of “they were naked and not ashamed” is that we are not ashamed of our sin as we all are from time to time before we are dragged to the truth. The positive application is that we are united to Christ and all is open and naked before Him. We as His wife can be naked before Him and be not ashamed. We confess our sins to our Creator, and He faithfully forgives us our trespasses. We no longer have to hide our sins from Him by trying to cover them with fig leaves (our own works); we confess our sins to Him.

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. 

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Then we are covered in His righteousness, His name.

Isa 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Who are these children of whom He is speaking in Deuteronomy 11:2? They are rest of the world who will make up the multitude that is as the stars of heaven in number. They will be our offspring.

Gal 4:21  Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
Gal 4:23  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Gal 4:28  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Gal 4:29  But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
Gal 4:30  Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Gal 4:31  So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

The salvation of all mankind comes through the church, as Christ as her head;

Isa 52:10  The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Rom 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 
Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Rom 11:33  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Rom 11:35  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Rom 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

All the world shall be saved through the preaching of the fire of God’s word in the lake of fire, the belly of the church, the womb encased in water. When the water breaks, the child is born again. So, too, it will be in the lake of fire. When the fire is broken, a child in the spirit will be born.

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Mat 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

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

These verses are speaking to us as the body of Christ, to love the LORD of God, keep His Charge, His statutes, His judgments and His commandments in His Church, which is His Body (Eph 1:22-23).

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