Deuteronomy – Deu 1:24-25 It Is A Good Land Which The LORD Our God Doth Give Us.

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Deu 1:24 And they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out.
Deu 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.

This is where we left off last week. It is important for us to take the time to find out what all these names mean and why they are named what they are. Again if we take the time to picture where the Israelites are, where they are getting ready to go, and why has God given this particular land to them. Then when you take all that and apply it inwardly, spiritually, there is so much to learn that our world inside us today cannot contain it. But as much as The LORD will give us, is where He has us, to receive it, and so LORD willing we will not shrink back but take what we have inherited BY PROMISE. The trial is will we recieve the promise in this resurrection or will we shrink back and receive it in the 2nd resurrection? Remember the promise of obtaining the promise land was given before the law ever entered;

Gal 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

The fact that the Israelites did not believe God would give them power over the giants in the promised land is a type and figure of those in Babylon who will not be in the first resurrection. Those typified by Joshua and Caleb, the two witnesses, us, enter the promised land or the first resurrection. They figuratively died when they crossed the Jordan and witnessed to the truth which they saw in their resurrection in type all the “good land which The LORD our God doth give us”. We must remember that the promised land is the same land where Abram lived when God gave him the promises;

Gen 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
Gen 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
Gen 13:14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
Gen 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
Gen 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
Gen 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
Gen 13:18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

Now look at the land where the Israelites are spying out 500 years later;

Num 13:21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.
Num 13:22 And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

We just read that the plain of Mamre was Hebron (Gen 13:18). This is important because we must see that the very place that was already given to their ancestor Abram, 500 plus years before, they were spying out because they didn’t believe the promise. If they had believed the promise, they would not have had to search it out to find the best way to defeat the inhabitants, the Amorites. What they must have forgotten was the Amorites were saved by Abram hundreds of years before when Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, had defeated them and ran them into the very mountains they now inhabit. Shortly thereafter Abram defeated Chedorloamer when freeing his nephew Lot and thereby freeing the Amorites. So the very land that they were going to spy out was already promised to Abram by God, then Abram defeated Chedorlaomer in this land and freed the Amorites, of whom the Israelites are now afraid.

Gen 14:5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
Gen 14:6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness.
Gen 14:7 And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar.
Gen 14:11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.
Gen 14:12 And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
Gen 14:13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.
Gen 14:14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
Gen 14:15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
Gen 14:16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
Gen 14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.
Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Gen 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
Gen 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

So this land that the Israelites are spying out has already been taken from nations and kings. We know that all things in the word of God are symbolic for something we are to learn spiritually – first the natural then the spiritual. So let’s see what we are to be learning about these people and their lives spiritually; why God had them live out their lives for our admonition.

Abram – H87 means “High Father” (type and figure of God, the Father)

Lot – H3876 means- Same as H3875 “veil”-covering (type and figure of us still living in Sodom/world, but veiled as to whom we are in Christ, 2Pe 2:7 – delivered just Lot, who was just in the eyes of God, not because of his own actions).

Chedorloamer – H3540 means “handful of sheaves” , round sheaves (type and figure of the law that binds our fleshly works as tares before God, that brings us into slavery to the law. And a prophesy of our being bound to it.)

Melchizedek – H4442 means “king of right” and Heb.7:2 “king of righteouness” and “king of peace” (type and figure of Christ, to whom The Father gives a tenth of His spoils as a token of the righteousness of a priesthood without beginning or end, and Who only is worthy to receive it.)

Hundreds of years before the Israelites come to the precipice, the battle had already been fought and won by God the Father in the type and figure of Abram, for us to inherit the land as Lot (who is veiled in Sodom), and then God the Father sanctifies our eternal priest, Christ, in the type and figure Melchizedek. In doing so He defeats the law of the flesh that has us bound in the type and figure of Chedorlaomer, and to whom the Israelites will be in bondage to until freed in our Eternal Priest, Christ, each man in his own order.

Lot was veiled in Sodom as to who he was, and it took an outside force to show him who he was.

Gen 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
Gen 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
Gen 19:3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
Gen 19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
Gen 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
Gen 19:6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
Gen 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Gen 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
Gen 19:9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

What I found very interesting was the fact that the men of Sodom (which is inside us) were both young and old and from EVERY QUARTER of Sodom. Everything in me wants to devour the truth for my own pleasure. But as a citizen of Sodom I am not able to see the truth. In fact I am blinded by the truth.

Gen 19:10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
Gen 19:11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

Those verses took me to John 9 and 10, where in chapter 9 Christ heals the blind/veiled (Lot), tells the Pharisees that they are blind and then talks about the Door.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world (this world of my Sodom), that they which see not (veiled Lot) might see; and that they which see might be made blind (the inhabitants of Sodom).
Joh 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Joh 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Christ came to this our city of Sodom for judgment, to judge Sodom in us. He came to lead us out before He begins to destroy our flesh. We set by, in a little city, Zoar, a little sin, to mourn the loss of our flesh. To mourn the loss of our flesh is in itself sin, for if we are mournful that God has destroyed our flesh, and we all are at first, then we do not yet see the depth of our sin. Christ came to blind the inhabitants of our fleshly religious city, Jerusalem, also called Sodom and Egypt, where we crucify our LORD (Rev 11:8). After we are blinded, we grope around in darkness (Deu 28:29) as the inhabitants of Sodom, trying to find Christ. But the flesh cannot find the Door, for the Door is Spirit (Joh 6:63) and is not tangible to grasp in the flesh.

Joh 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door (spirit) into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

He forcibly removes us from Sodom (Gen 19:16) BY THE DESTRUCTION OF SODOM, the destruction of our flesh. Our fleshly doctrines are burned to a crisp by the fire of God’s word, and that fiery WORD is Christ (Joh 1:1). So what happens now is that we still hang on to the most precious false doctrines of our life, the apple of our eyes and create a whole other set of doctrines that stay with us for years, which God has already named ‘the false doctrines of the Moabites and Ammonites’, which the two together means “flock of my father”. Ammon means – “flock” [H5983], and Moab means- “of my father” [H4124]. These doctrines will still be with us as we attempt to enter the promised land, our place of rest, so much so that part of our inheritance is their very land.

Num 32:1 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place was a place for cattle;
Num 32:2 The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spake unto Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and unto the princes of the congregation, saying,
Num 32:3 Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon,
Num 32:4 Even the country which the LORD smote before the congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and thy servants have cattle:
Num 32:5 Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.

We still are wanting our rest to be in Ammon, the flock of his father. The conclusion to the matter is this: We have to literally be dragged by our hair to every place that the LORD wants us be. We never go willingly; we must be forced by plagues, by angels, by brothers, by water, by fire, by wind, by talking donkeys, and so on and so on. To think that we willingly choose to follow God in Christ in any way shape or form, is the greatest DELUSION we will ever have. To think we willingly of our own freewill stop sinning in any area of our life is the deepest, saddest, darkest lie we have ever been told. The good thing is that this deep, dark lie is what God is using by our flesh, typified by Ammon and Moab, to bring us into the knowledge of the truth that God is all in all, and all things consist by Him. This is “the rest of God in Christ”, this is the promised land, a place of rest from our works, because we have no works independent and separate from God. All is by Him and for Him. It will take a lifetime of suffering, crying and pain before we can die as a worm, be created into a butterfly, and rest upon the wind – the word of God – that will carry us wherever He desires.

Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth (desires), and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

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