Deuteronomy – Deu 14:21 Part 2, “Thou Shalt Give it Unto the Stranger…”

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Deuteronomy – Deu 14:21 Part 2, “Thou Shalt Give it Unto the Stranger…”

[Study Aired February 7, 2020]

Deu 14:21  Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

Last week we covered how we are not to eat anything that dies of itself. We saw that inwardly it means we are not to take in doctrine, as the Israel of God, which allows us to take credit in the doctrines of men. As priests of God, we are to eat that which is going to be sacrificed to God.

Lev 6:24  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 6:25  Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law of the sin offering: In the place [within us, the temple of God where the holy place is] where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed [Christ is sacrificed within us, He is the burnt offering and sin offering killed, and we partake of His sufferings by eating His flesh, – Joh 6:51-55 – READ] before the LORD: it is most holy.
Lev 6:26  The priest [who represents the elect who kill the sin offering, Christ] that offereth it for sin shall eat it [We feed off Christ, whom we have killed]: in the holy place shall it be eaten [Seeing we have killed Christ for the sin of the world, for whom we offer Christ] in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation.

That which is good for food are those doctrines of Christ which exalt God as the All in all and that give no credit to the flesh. These are doctrines that our mouth shall touch and is eating the flesh of Christ.

1Co 4:7  For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

Before I go any further I am going to quote from an FAQ that Brother Mike answered some 10 years ago about a stranger in thy gates.

Hi D____,

It is so good to hear from you. You ask:

You notice there is a difference between a stranger who sojourns or dwells with you, and a stranger in thy gates. You are right, there definitely is a vast difference. A stranger who sojourns with you and a stranger that dwells with you are one and the same. They are essentially proselytes who have converted to the laws of Israel and want to become an Israelite. There is to be no discrimination towards a convert and a free born Israelite. They are both one Israelite, and there is one law for both.

Exo 12:49  One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

The word stranger means an outsider who has no interest in converting or changing his ways and being assimilated into Israel and Israel’s laws. As a convert we may not be native Israelites, but we are to be considered as such. Here is the law as it concerns a convert.

Exo 23:9  Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Israel had lived in Egypt for nearly 400 years, and the Egyptians still did not consider the Israelites to be Egyptians with “one law for both him that is ‘homeborn’, and… the stranger that sojourns among you.” That was a big mistake on the part of the Egyptians, and God wants His nation to be careful never to make the same mistakes that the Egyptians made. Here it is again in even clearer language:

Lev 19:34  But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

A “stranger that dwells with you” is a stranger who should no longer be considered a stranger, but “as one born among you.”

Giving and selling that which dies of itself to the stranger that is within your gates is just spiritual type and shadow for these New Testament words:

Mat 7:6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

If we “give not that which is holy to the dogs”, and we “cast not our pearls before swine,” then this is what we are doing:

Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

I quote this FAQ because it brings out something about those strangers “in thy gates”. Brother Mike brings out the point very well about those who are being drawn to the knowledge of the Truth and that they are to be seen as “strangers that dwell among us” versus strangers that are “within thy gates“. The strangers that dwell among us, inwardly, are those doctrines or habits which are dying daily that we shared with the world. Those doctrines are strangers to the nation within whom I dwell.  We know what scripture tells us of the total sovereignty of God, and yet we all struggle with it when it becomes personal or within our own family members. When we are affected in a REAL personal way by a literal family member, it seems that the doctrine of the total sovereignty of God does not apply or it applies in a different manner. When we are on studies or in fellowship, we often speak of the truth of what Christ has freed us from, the bondage of the Egyptian doctrine of free moral agency.

Yet, when we are faced with the real personal challenges, it seems I hear something different coming from my mouth. It seems that I put the focus back on the person and not on the very truth I have so strongly preached to others. Also, when watching the news and what politicians are doing, it seems I hear the stranger speak and not the Israelite. I hear myself saying things about them inside my head as though they are in control of their actions, but I am not controlling mine.

Gal 2:11  But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
Gal 2:12  For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
Gal 2:13  And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
Gal 2:14  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
Gal 2:15  We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
Gal 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Gal 2:17  But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
Gal 2:18  For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor [Building the doctrines of works for those outside the body and justification by the faith of Christ for the body].
Gal 2:19  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God [The law shows me that I cannot do the things that I want to do, and therefore leaves me with the law of Christ, the law of the spirit-Rom 8:1-3].
Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ [Seeing by the law that I can do nothing of myself]: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Gal 2:21  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

We are the Israel of God because of election, not because of works. We are justified by the faith of Jesus Christ only. We are crucified daily by putting the Egyptian doctrine of freewill on the cross. This being the case, I cannot expect those who are in Egypt to act in any other way than what has been laid out for them to act. I am personally frustrating the grace of God by applying works to those who will be saved by my mercy (Rom 11:31). How can I speak of the sovereignty of God for myself but put the world under works because of what I see them do. They are slaves to their flesh just as I was. Because I am now free, do I say they have control over their sin? Do I only apply the sovereignty of God to Israel and blaspheme the rest of the world? Jude brings out this internal doctrine.
(Study link here addresses Jude concerning worshiping ourselves)

Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith [This contending is first inwardly in each and every one of us] which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jud 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [justification by works], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jud 1:5  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. [Spiritually they went back to salvation by works.]
Jud 1:6  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation [same thing], he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Jud 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh [Strange flesh is strange doctrine from justification by the faith of Christ], are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Jud 1:8  Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
Jud 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. [The LORD rebuke thee because it was the LORD who had him do what he did.]
Jud 1:10  But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Jud 1:11  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
Jud 1:12  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you [Feeding within us like a stranger], feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Jud 1:13  Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame [Foaming out their own shame like the bloated dead body we spoke of last week. Glorying in their own works as though they did not receive them from God Himself]; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
Jud 1:14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Jud 1:15  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Jud 1:16  These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
Jud 1:17  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Jud 1:18  How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. [False doctrines of seeing the Israel of God one way and applying the truth of the sovereignty of God another way to the world.]
Jud 1:19  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
Jud 1:20  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Jud 1:21  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Jud 1:22  And of some have compassion, making a difference:
Jud 1:23  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Jud 1:24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Jud 1:25  To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

I bring this out to address how we are to see strangers in our gates. Strangers in our gates are, first, those doctrines that we are still dealing with that plague us from time to time, like what I have just said about myself. Strangers that dwell among us are still the same thing, but doctrines that we are daily putting to death and have brought into subjection, where as strangers that are within our gates are doctrines that are still trying to live their own way. We all know of those doctrines, that when we are alone in our homes we still play through in our minds. We all have pet things we have grown up with in Egypt and learned in Babylon that still are a part of our life today and which we know need to be put to death.

When I first came to the body six years ago, I was a baby in Christ with a HUGE head from all the Babylonian books and theologies I had learned over the past thirty years. I brought much BAGGAGE with me and much error. I talked to poor Brother Mike on a daily basis, I think, sometimes several times a day. Christ in him was patient with me and knew I was eating things that had died of themselves, my self-righteous doctrines. He was patient enough to know that if I were an Israelite, I would be cleansed in the evening, after being washed in the truth of Christ. First, the evening then, the morning. First, the darkness then, the light. He corrected me from spreading false doctrine, but also was patient with me in my my errors.

Lev 17:15  And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean.
Lev 17:16  But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity.

Gen 1:5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

It is amazing to me that Christ has laid our lives out in a way where it is in the darkest of times we can see the dawning of the Day. It is when we are shown the stranger living within our gates, a false doctrine that needs to be cleansed, that we see truth. Brother Mike could have pounced on every little mistake I said, but He had mercy on me and let the trials of Christ living in me scourge me from error. When I look back, I see all the ways the darkness has brought light, how error has brought truth.

1Co 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

So it is with our scriptures today. We hold doctrines that are self-righteous, things that speak of the way we sacrificed ourselves, like the Pharisee and the publican, yet we are allowed to eat them for a season until the evening comes, and we are washed and cleansed.

The washing and cleansing comes the way the LORD has convicted me of my own judgment toward others. It is in this internal judgment that Christ whispers in my ear what delivers a bitterness to my man of sin and his self-righteous judgement bringing him nothing but wormwood. It is sweet as honey to my new man but bitter as wormwood to my stranger/old man. We share the same womb, we share the same nation, and we share the same gate.

Gen 25:22  And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
Gen 25:23  And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
Gen 25:24  And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

The old man feeds off what dies of itself, self-induced sacrifice, and the new man will only feed on that which has been put to death by God. The new man takes no credit at all, but the stranger takes credit for all things. The stranger is being put to death by living in the gates, because the longer he lives within the gates, the more like Israel he becomes and the less of his native nation is seen. The more Christ dawns in my heart, the more sin I see. With that knowledge I am able to be merciful to those in the world that “know not what they do”. I am able to see the light of dawn in the darkest of the night. Darkness becomes light to me.

Psa 139:11  If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Psa 139:12  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

All things are for our sakes. ALL THINGS are for us to learn from and to consume; one as the stranger in the gate, and one as the Israelite born in the nation.

2Co 4:14  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
2Co 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. [Death of the stranger, life of the Israelite, and yet both are the same man. As the doctrines of Israel are taken on, the doctrines the stranger came into the gates with dies.]
2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

We walked in the temporal, and now we are walking in the aionios (eons). We are walking in the past, present and future as one eon, molding us into the sons of God. We progress from a stranger to an Israelite where we eat only those things that have died by the power of God. We no longer feed on those doctrines of the flesh that say we had part in doing whatever it was that made us the new man. We know that all death to the old man comes from God, Who created the old man to be fertilizer for the new man.

Next week, LORD willing, we will cover the last part of this verse.

“Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.”

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