Deuteronomy – Deu 15:19-23 The Firstborn Must Die

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Deuteronomy – Deu 15:19-23 The Firstborn Must Die

[Study Aired April 24, 2020]

Deu 15:19  All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep. 
Deu 15:20  Thou shalt eat it before the LORD thy God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, thou and thy household. 
Deu 15:21  And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God. 
Deu 15:22  Thou shalt eat it within thy gates: the unclean and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart. 
Deu 15:23  Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water.

In our last study we discovered that the firstling males which come from your herd and flock were to be sanctified, set apart as the LORD’S and that no work was to be done with them. We saw that this could be seen as the law of the flesh because nothing can come from us, in the flesh, to accomplish the law of the flesh. It is a law to the flesh, sent so that sin would get worse, not better (Rom 5:20). So, in the natural, if we lived during the times when these laws were literally enacted in the natural, we are being told that when a heifer gave birth to the first calf of her life, and it is a male, that animal is not to be used for the field. You were not to use it for work. In Exodus it says they had to set aside all the males of the herd that “openeth the matrix”.

Exo 13:12  That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD’S.

What is the symbolism we are to get from this law, what does it represent?

Exo 13:14  And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:
Exo 13:15  And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem.

We know that the firstborn of a beast is sacrificed. Sacrificed means its throat is cut, the blood is drained, it is gutted, the organs are separated, the meat is separated, and part is taken and put on the horns of the altar and burnt to God, and the other part is taken away or the priest eats what is left.

Lev 1:1  And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,
Lev 1:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.
Lev 1:3  If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.
Lev 1:4  And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.
Lev 1:5  And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Lev 1:6  And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces.
Lev 1:7  And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire:
Lev 1:8  And the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:
Lev 1:9  But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

We read these things about the sacrifice of the animal, about the firstborn of the animal being killed because it is the first born. We read it and meditate on it, but do we understand the complexities of what actually takes place? Do we really understand the dirtiness of the procedure, the smells of the blood, the guts, the sounds of the animal crying for its life as its blood drains out of it and its eyes are wide open with fear, the thrashing around of the animal as it tries to escape from its impending death? The sounds of the gut being cut open, the smell of the organs as the knife opens the skin holding in the intestines? In the modern world of technology, this is brutality, barbarianism. I was tempted to attach a video to this study, so that we could all see together, at least the sights and sounds, minus the smells, of what took place in a sacrifice to God.

However, I thought it better for the time being to just ask you, if you get time and feel led, go to the internet and look up and watch a video of a live bull being killed, gutted, skinned, and butchered. It may do you good to watch the process and then be able to relate it to what a sacrifice is all about. I have killed a lot of deer in my life. Each time the process is the same; the killing, the gutting, the butchering, the separating of cuts of meat, the grinding of meat, the disposing of the guts and the hide and bones. Each time I shoot a deer, I think about the complexities of this process when Christ went through it. Christ is the firstborn of EVERY creature.

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Everything in this world came from Him, good and evil. He is the firstborn of ALL THINGS, and He is the firstborn from the dead.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Being the firstborn He must become the sacrifice of the firstborn. Jesus Christ had to suffer in His flesh for the sins of Pharaoh, the death of the first born of Pharaoh spiritually, our flesh. Our old man is Pharaoh in type, and all that comes from that old man is typified in the firstborn Egyptian. Our old man, the man of sin, Pharaoh, resists the new man being delivered from the land of Egypt, where he thinks he is the master of all truth. Because he resists, the firstborn are killed throughout the land, and our bodies are the land.

Exo 5:2  And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

What constitutes as a firstborn from Pharaoh? What is it that we can identify as a representation of a firstborn in our flesh which must be sacrificed?

1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

All that is in my world, typified as Egypt, comes from the man of sin in me, typified as Pharaoh, and is sin. All of it, as a whole, IS THE FIRSTBORN of Egypt, of my world.

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way [G5656: Aorist tense – continually have gone, are going and will go out of the way], they are together become unprofitable [they being everything in me from birth as a whole united unit, as Pharaoh represents all of Egypt]; there is none that doeth good, no, not one [again, within me].
Rom 3:13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom 3:15  Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom 3:16  Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom 3:17  And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom 3:18  There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law [Every fleshly body part in me and of me is under the law to the flesh]: that every mouth may be stopped [every mouth in me], and all the world [in me] may become guilty before God. [guilty as the firstborn, the beginning of all that is in me]
Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Being the firstborn of my own world, I must suffer the death of the firstborn. Whatever I have believed I have been, am or will be must die for the thought that I am my own firstborn. By believing I am my own creator, my own Pharaoh, I must die. If we are in Christ, if Christ is in fact in me, I am being brought to the knowledge of who the man of sin is that resided in me. I am shown that as Christ took on what I am, so I must take on what He is.

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 

We are being recreated into the image of Christ, and by that recreation, our old man, our old way of thinking and living, is being sacrificed as the firstborn. That means all of what I described earlier of the sights, smells, and sounds of a literal sacrifice is what we must go through. Obviously, that’s not literal, but spiritual. All that my flesh is, as the firstborn Egyptian, must die, be gutted, skinned, cut into pieces and sacrificed as the firstborn. We saw earlier Christ is the Firstborn, the Head of all things, and as the Head He commands His body, the Christ, to go through and be acquainted with dying. We cannot live unless we die to all we thought we were through the doctrines of Pharaoh.

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Joh 12:25  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
Joh 12:26  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Where did Christ go that we must follow? To the cross. As the sacrifice’s blood is sprinkled on the horns of the altar in the holy of holies, so Christ’s blood ran down from the nails that represent the horns of the altar. The best and wisest place we can be is nailed in a sure place, a place on the cross where we can die to the old man and be recreated into the new man.

Ecc 12:11  The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblieswhich are given from one shepherd.

Isa 22:23  And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.

The cross is the altar where Christ, Who is our forerunner, has been sacrificed. As our forerunner, it means we must tread that same path and be sacrificed. We must die to all that we are, from conception to literal death.

Exo 29:12  And thou shalt take of the blood of the bullock, and put it upon the horns of the altar with thy finger, and pour all the blood beside the bottom of the altar.

Heb 6:20  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Babylon in me would call this salvation by works, and call this dying at the cross foolishness because Christ did it all so that we do not have to do it. This doctrine is what I was taught, and it is called substitutionary death. We are freely saved from death by the death of Christ, but we still have to die as the body of the unblemished firstborn, Jesus Christ. Our death is twofold; one as the firstborn in my land of Egypt and one as the body of Christ. I am crucified with Christ daily, hourly, minute by minute to the firstborn Egyptian in me and as having the mind of Christ.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: 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.

The Spirit of Christ in me witnesses to me that I am a son of God, and as a son I must die as firstborn Egyptian in my land. I must suffer as He suffered.

Rom 8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

If you notice, there is a witness with us – the Spirit. The Spirit of Christ witnesses with our spirit that we are sons of God, and as sons we must die to the firstborn Egyptian in us. The firstborn Egyptian in us must die for the sins of Pharaoh, the man of sin. The man of sin does not want to die to the sin which is in him. He wants to live as king of Egypt, but his resistance is futile because he cannot fight against God. The witness against him, from the Spirit of God together with our spirit, says that the man of sin is guilty of rebellion against God and must die for that rebellion. We are taught to measure ourselves, and when we do we are found guilty before God.

Rev 11:1  And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 
Rev 11:2  But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

2Co 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? [The New Testament measuring of our temple within us.]

We know that we are the temple that is being measured.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

If we are the temple, then this witnessing of the two witnesses is in us.

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Rev 11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
Rev 11:10  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
Rev 11:13  And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Rev 11:14  The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

The witness against the man of sin in us is final and absolute, as final and absolute as it was against literal Pharaoh. The witnesses in us which we are seeing is the Spirit of Christ in our new man traveling throughout my land inwardly and minute by minute (in aorist tense) judging all that the man of sin thinks he is. This is the dying process we all go through and is the same as being crucified and yet living. We must see ourselves as the firstborn put to death for the sin of the man of sin in us and as Christ who is being crucified in us so we can live. It is the cutting of the sacrifice’s throat, the butchering that we must all go through. From this death comes life, life in the Firstborn from the dead, Jesus Christ. The conception of Christ into the flesh, His birth, His life, His mocking and His crucifixion, is the spiritual fulfillment of the firstborn animal being stalled, raised, killed and butchered. The process which the literal animal went through is what Christ went through spiritually. He was covered in a body with flesh and bones. When the animal’s throat was cut, it was a typification of Christ remaining silent.

Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

The flogging He went through and the beatings were as the animal being dismembered.

Isa 52:14  As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

The skinning of the animal was as when they stripped Him of His clothes. When the animal’s skin is removed, all that is left is its scarlet-colored meat.

Mat 27:28  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

Finally, when they crucified Him, it was the spiritual fulfillment of the literal act of sprinkling blood on the horns of the altar, which we covered earlier. All of this is what we must go through as the body of Christ. We must be spiritually stripped of all that we are, abused by the religious leader in us; the man of sin, our old man desperately mocking us as we covered about Esau and Jacob last week. We must confess that we are what the law says we are, but we must also confess that we are what God the Father says we are – Christ. We must confess that we are the very body of Christ. We are so united to Him as His wife that we are seen as ONE. We confess we are the firstborn of the Pharaoh, his offspring in Babylon, typified in Egypt. We confess we also the firstborn from the dead in Christ. If we are the first resurrection, then we are the first to experience life from the dead.

Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead [G5752-present tense] in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ [is quickening us (G5656: Aorist tense)], (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together [G5656: Aorist – is raising us up], and made us sit together [G5656: aorist tense – is making us sit together in Christ] in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7  That in the ages [aions/ages within our own life of trials and persecutions] to come [G5740: present tense] he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. [When we are being raised together in every nation within us, being made to sit in every nation in us, when we see this is the present tense, then we are understanding the riches of His kindness in the chastening grace we go through, we understand the glory of it.]
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship [through chastening grace], created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We must go through the eons in our own lives of great trials and persecutions. I pointed out that it says “ages to come”, which is “eons to come”, and that statement was in the PRESENT TENSE – G5740. We must be going through the work of God in us now, in this present aion/age/eon and the eons to come, in this life of trials and temptations and to see them as from God Himself.

Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

We must see that this is salvation by chastening grace, that through many stripes we are healed from the mind of the man of sin.

Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

From His stripes healing us, to His stripes, through chastening grace on us, we are being created into His image. The stripes He took saved us from death, and the stripes we are taking recreate us.

1Pe 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree [the chastisement of Him baring our sins], that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. [G5681: aorist tense, being healed by the stripes we receive in chastening grace. The healing is the recreating we are going through by chastening grace.]

Now, these next verses ONLY applied to Christ if you ONLY look back to the past. If you look to the present and future, it applies to us, who are the body of Christ.

Heb 5:1  For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
Heb 5:2  Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
Heb 5:3  And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
Heb 5:4  And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. [We are the sons of Aaron, we are the sons of Christ, whom Aaron foreshadowed.]
Heb 5:5  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. [If we are only seeing things in the past tense, this verse only applies to Jesus the man. If you are living in the present tense, this verse, along with the ones that follow, apply to the Christ, who is so united to Christ Himself that we are called one flesh. (Eph 5:31-32)]
Heb 5:6  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Heb 5:7  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; [chastening grace]
Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Heb 5:10  Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
Heb 5:11  Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
Heb 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Heb 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil [the results of chastening grace].

This process is what salvation by grace means, and this IS THE WORK OF GOD. It is not by religious works of the flesh (vs 9 above), but by the workmanship of God in Christ in which we should walk. It is not a life of peace and tranquility in the flesh, but a life of trials, temptations, persecutions, sicknesses and severe mental anguish. It is going through these things in this present age and while going through them to know that it is all a work of God to mold us more into the image of Christ. Our flesh desires a life of coffee and donuts in the world just as the literal Israelites wanted to go back to a life in Egypt.

Exo 14:11  And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
Exo 14:12  Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Life in religion is easy. It never looks too much at what’s really going on inwardly. As long as you APPEAR good, you are fine. Severe introspection and self-examination is lost in music, tithes and sermons where you are compared to “those people out there” who are gross sinners. Hell-fire sermons keep you in check, not love toward God as a free slave. We must be crucified and slain, as a literal animal was in the old testament, before we can come to know the truth of what salvation by grace really means. It is not coffee and donuts, but a life of sorrow and pain in the flesh, that in the eons to come (in this life), in the future tense [1000 year reign ruling with a rod of iron and the lake of fire where we will be used to bring the rest of the world into the truth, because we are in Christ, “called of God an High Priest after the order of Melchisedec”.] we will see the glory of God in what we went through in this age.

Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

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