Deuteronomy – Deu 1:41-46 “We Have Sinned Against The Lord”

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Deuteronomy 1:41-46 “We Have Sinned Against The Lord…”

Deu 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.
Deu 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.
Deu 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.

“Then ye answered and said uno me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight…” Our old man never gets it! We never really, nor can we understand that we are incapable of anything without God. He keeps us alive every second of every day. He gives us our very breath, so how can we then think we can do anything separate from Him. This is the root of the problem: “ye shall be as gods” knowing to go up to fight is evil or knowing not to go up and fight is good, or visa versa, because it doesn’t matter because we don’t know either answer. This is the problem we have within our old man, Adam. ANY ATTEMPT to know good or evil separately and independently from The God is sin ….PERIOD! This is coveting. To attempt to know or think we know ANYTHING separately and independently from God is coveting against God. It is the lust we are born with in the flesh. When we covet anything in the flesh, even knowledge, separately and independently from God as the Author and Finisher, it is lust, and when that lust has conceived it brings forth death. The Israelites did not believe God, coveted against His revealed will and received the sentence of 40 years in the desert until they were all dead.

Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Jas 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

Our old man who is given a semblance, an inkling, of truth, sees his plight and says, “I’ve made a mistake in not listening to God, so let me go out and try to fight against these giants so God will accept my flesh and I can enter the promised land.” Yet the old man doesn’t see that he is actually his own giant; that he’s trying to kill himself but can’t. David is Goliath, and David is Saul.

I am both the son of the devil and the son of God. I am in the flesh what my father wants me to be, a little serpent, but when my Spiritual Father grabs me by the tail, I become a rod ready for the Master’s good use. I am both – in the flesh I am a serpent, in the spirit I am a rod of iron in my Master’s hand.

Exo 4:2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
Exo 4:3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it (as we all flee from our flesh, who is able to stand against it? Rev 13:4).
Exo 4:4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail [we know the tail represents false prophets (Isa 9:15) and whatever we see ourselves as in the flesh, with a carnal mind, is a false prophesy of who we are. This truth becomes the iron rod that beats my/our old man down.] And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

Mat 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

God tells us not to go off half cocked because He is not with us in the flesh (the false prophet), yet we go anyway and end up hooked again on whatever it was we were hooked on before. We are defeated by our own giants again and are left bloodied and humbled. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve boldly proclaimed my freedom from alcohol or swearing, only to be drunk within the week and cussing like a sailor, beat down by my own rod of iron. Whenever we think we’ve overcome something that is when we are shown we are not. God will not share His glory with us. He will not allow us to take the credit for something we have not done. We never created the giants – He did. How can we then take credit for defeating them?

Deu 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.

We go presumptuously to the promotion. Remember earlier we learned that going up the hill of the Amorites was a promotion, learning that we are sons of God and all is ours. But here we are told not to go up for the LORD is not with us. We go up in the flesh, half-cocked and ready to proclaim our victory over sin, until the sin revives, and we are easily defeated again. It’s like a drunk saying he has quit drinking, but he thinks he can hang out in a bar with all his old friends who are still drinking. It doesn’t take long, and he’s worse than what he was before.

Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Deu 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.

I like the way this verse is worded: “And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out…” They live there, they’re not visitors, they make their home there in the mountain, they have been promoted as king of the mountain, and “who can make war against them?”

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed (revealing the Goliath in David 1Sa 17:10, 1Sa 17:43), the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

You see how this Amorite spirit has claimed the mountain for itself, and there’s nothing you can do to stop him. He has been given this right by God for the purpose of deceiving our flesh, for being the rod of iron.

2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish (the whole world ); because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved (the flesh is not saved).
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

We are all damned or sentenced to burn in the lake of fire, either in this life before the first resurrection or the second death where all mankind will be refined for the Master’s use in the lake of fire. It’s important to cover the word damned so that we do not give place to the deceiver to allow our fickle minds to wonder off the narrow path. And in doing so we are taking the serpent by the tail and using him for a rod.

If you notice there are 114 occurrences, and out of those 114 occurrences, it is only translated “damned” ONE TIME; all others are either judged or judging, see below;

So the original translators of the King James bible translated it in a way that fit their narrative for the purpose of doing what God had foreordained, that the flesh of all mankind would be deceived, because the flesh cannot receive the love of the truth. This very verse is telling us that God, THAT GOD sends them a strong delusion THAT they SHOULD believe a lie. God foreordained it as a rod of iron, that all the world believe the lie of a literal place called hell where God would DAMN all of the majority of His creation to literally burn for eternity without end. He did so because He gave them free will (so the conventional thought stipulates) and He, God, cannot go against man’s free will. This way of thinking supposes that man’s free will is so binding that God cannot go against this apparent man, which in turn makes man equal to God and a god himself separately and independently from the true God. The serpent told the truth when he said they would become like gods, but the truth was that they would see themselves as gods. God did not see them in that light independently from Himself; they did, and that was the lie.

Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Your eyes shall be opened to sin and you shall see yourself as a god not needing the Creator for everything, you can make choices yourself, with your free will. And this is exactly what sin is, coveting anything, in any situation, in any time and in any place. If we are not satisfied with what we have at any given time, then we are coveting, and coveting is sin. When we read the following verses, read them as when the serpent tempted them with this godhood from eating the fruit. The fruit is the sin revived by the law. Had there been no fruit, there would be no law. Had we not been created with sin, we would not have been tempted to eat the fruit, and the law would have been of no consequence to us.

Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

When God told them not to eat of the fruit, they then wanted it because they couldn’t have it, the commandment to not eat “wrought ALL MANNER OF CONCUPISCENCE” in us. We desire to have because we are told we cannot have.

Rom 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Rom 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
Rom 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

The serpent typifies the sinful nature with which we are created. He is in our Garden of Eden as an unclean spirit, to feed upon our flesh. He is used by God as God’s hand to humble us, as he was used in the life of Job, who is us in type. He took the occasion by the law to ‘wrought’, and wrought means;

To work out means to accomplish what it was sent out by God to do, TO WORK THE GROUND, to bring out sin, to bring out the impurities we are created with from birth, so that we can be fashioned into a beautiful vessel for the Master.

Gen 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

There was not a man to till the ground that was in “OUR GARDEN OF EDEN”. The serpent was the sin which needed to be released by the law of God that worked our ground and caused him to slither to the top. The law is the plough blade that breaks up our self-righteous ground that allows sin to come to the surface. It is the implement that God uses to open up the hard ground and expose the serpent’s den which is deep in the ground.

These serpent dens are deep within all of us, and none of us are without them. When the thought came from the serpent’s den within Eve’s heart “hath God said…” it was then exposed whose daughter she was and from where she and we all come. The very thought that we question the authority of God should make us all see the serpent within us. Once Eve questioned the authority of God, questioning the authority of her husband was easy.

The point is that all of this was needed so that the garden’s ground of our heart could be plowed by the law to expose the serpent within. So the Israelites seeing the giants and being fearful, then fleeing, then God sentencing them to the wilderness – they don’t want that. Then they decided to fight the giants instead of doing what God sentenced them to do, or damned them to do, then finally by the law of God they were forced to go into the wilderness. All of this is our journey. We live out these words in each and every life, whether we know God or are known of God, every life will live out these words.

Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
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.

Deu 1:45 And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.

These words are scary to me: “…the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.” When The LORD does not hear me or give ear to me, I am scared because it reminds me of what a Father does to his children when they don’t listen and just before they are getting ready for a spanking. When I was a child and my dad would get angry at something I had done and get silent, I knew that I was in trouble. He didn’t have to say a word, just His silence alone made me know I was in for it. God’s silence to the Israelites was God’s way of letting them know what was next, 40 years of walking around in the desert – our lake of fire.

Deu 1:46 So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according unto the days that ye abode there.

It is interesting why it says that they stayed many days at “Kadesh” instead of saying “Kadesh-barnea”. When we look up the word “Kadesh” alone, it comes from H6946, which is the same as H6945, which means the following; From H6942; a (quasi) sacred person, that is, (technically) a (male) devotee (by prostitution) to licentious idolatry: – sodomite, unclean.

The word is used six times in the bible, five of those six times are either Sodomites (4) or sodomite (1) and then unclean (1).

God put them in a unclean, self-worshipping place, where they could see that they were unclean by their/our self-gratifying, self-worshipping of our own idol, ourselves. They initially set out from Kadesh-barnea (Deu 1:2), a place of holiness (BDB dictionary -Kadesh-barnea = “holy”), but ended up in just Kadesh – unholy. The LORD had started them off in holiness, and then they descended into uncleaness when they relied upon their own understanding. This is the story of our lives being lived out within. Their journey is our journey, their lives are our lives, we are both clean and unclean, both David and Goliath, both the man of sin and the man of God.

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