Deuteronomy – Deu 15:19-23 The Purpose of the Firstborn

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Deu 15:19-23 The Purpose of the Firstborn

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.

Here are these verses when they were first noted by Moses in Exodus.

Exo 13:11  And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee,
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.
Exo 13:13  And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.
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.
Exo 13:16  And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt.

We have many examples in scripture of the first born and the status of the first born. In all these types and figures we should know to apply first the natural, then the spiritual. We have been taught by scripture about how the first born are listed as the inheritors of their fathers wealth, name , land, etc. The whole chapter of Genesis 5 is one example, as is Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38. All of these genealogies start with the first born of the womb. Then we have the real first born Jesus Christ.

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.
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.

Some of the firstborn are said to serve the younger. We have the example of Ishmael and Issac, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and his brothers, and king David and his brothers. There is one example we have not covered, however, and that is the first born law of the flesh and the law of the Spirit. We all know that the law of the flesh, or law of Moses was given first. It was the first to break the womb of the church. It succeeded all others and was the heir to the throne through the ceremonial law of sacrifices, where blood was spilled, just as when a child is born. It was repeated day after day, month after month, year after year, as if the child were continually being born, because blood had to be continually spilled. The day of birth is seen over and over, the pain of delivery is experienced all over again, without the peace and happiness of a child being born. Because of the firstborn, the law of the flesh, it is said, “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren” (Gen 16:12).

Heb 9:1  Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. [“know ye not ye are temple” – 1Co 3:16]
Heb 9:2  For there was a tabernacle made; the first [the one that contained the law of the flesh], wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
Heb 9:3  And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all [the law of Christ in new vessels];
Heb 9:4  Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
Heb 9:5  And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
Heb 9:6  Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. [Notice it says priests and not PRIEST. In the old tabernacle we had many priests/pastors in Babylon that went always into our temple with their sermons and teachings of their version of the the law of the flesh.]
Heb 9:7  But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: [Christ, THE PRIEST, giving the second law of the spirit of Christ]
Heb 9:8  The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: [As long as we see salvation from death as being by the law of the flesh or good works according to Babylon, Hagar, the elder brother is still persecuting the younger brother, (Gen 21:9) like Ishmael mocked Isaac, through sermons and teachings of Babylon.]
Heb 9:9  Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
Heb 9:10  Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. [The law of the flesh and all its laws WERE CARNAL ORDINANCES imposed on us until our time of reformation.]

We know this a true allegory because Apostle Paul describes it in Galatians.

Gal 4:21  Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? [mocking the younger son]
Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid [the elder son, Ishmael by Hagar], the other by a freewoman [the younger son, Isaac, by Sarah].
Gal 4:23  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh [carnal ordinances, works of the flesh to bring about the promise of God]; but he of the freewoman was by promise [without the works of the law of the flesh].
Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants [two laws, two first borns under different covenants, although by the same father]; 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. [current day Christendom is Agar/Hagar and is in bondage with her children according to their interpretation of the law of the flesh. It is either taught as being able to be fulfilled or it is taught as done away with]
Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. [free from the bondage of the works of the law to the flesh to bring about the promise]
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.

When God first began to drag me to the knowledge of truth, He brought me through the hell-fire pentecostal doctrine, and I was told if I confessed my sin for breaking the literal law of commandments I was saved from a literal hell; Christianity’s version of the false doctrine of sacrificing children in the fire to Molech (Lev 18:21, Jer 32:35). Then I was dragged to the false doctrine of having to keep the literal law (ALL of it) from the way I cut my hair, to facial hair, clothes, etc. In the end, after many false doctrines, I was dragged to settle in the false doctrine of substitutional death; the false belief that Christ completed it all for me and I could live anyway I wanted. That was not specifically said, but was implied in the doctrine, as long as I confessed my sin.

They both missed the mark, and the reason the law was added was because of transgressions and to make sin get worse, not better. I did not see that the law was added to drag me to Christ, to confess what the law says about me is true. Not only did it expose that I cannot keep it outwardly, but I sure couldn’t keep it inwardly. None of these doctrines ever revealed the truth that the law was not sent to save me, but to show me my sin and that salvation from death came through the promised SEED before my world ever began. In reality, the law allows me to see my sin and what I have been saved from through the promised SEED. However, the law was not against that promise (Rom 3:31), but it established the promise. If I am left without the law, without chastisement, then I am not a son. All whom God loves He chastens and scourges by the law of the flesh to drag us to the knowledge of the truth (Heb 12:6,7).

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. [The old man, who loves to exalt the law of the flesh, persecutes the younger new man who is born by the law of the Spirit.]
Gal 4:30  Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out [G5628-Aorist tense] the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be [G5661-Aorist tense] heir with the son of the freewoman.
Gal 4:31  So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Gal 5:2  Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
Gal 5:3  For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

The law acted as a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. The younger brother, by these examples, always ends up ruling. The literal law of the flesh was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ and His law.

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

The firstborn, which exited the womb of the church, was the law of the flesh, the elder. Then Christ’s law was given to us, the law of the spirit.

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh [salvation by the works of the law], but after the Spirit. [resurrection from death through faith in Christ]
Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me [G5656-Aorist tense – is making me free] free from the law of sin and death. [the elder brother who, like Esau, chases me all over the country and keeps me in fear]
Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh [judges the first born brought forth by the law and sends him away]:
Rom 8:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [Who walk in the footsteps of Christ knowing that the law condemns us and the faith of Christ frees us. The law, as Esau, chases us all over until we come to wrestle with faith and are delivered from the law of the flesh, Esau. (Gen 32:24-28, Gen 33:4-5)]
Rom 8:5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh [This is judging according to the law and redemption through the law of the flesh; acts of the flesh to bring about salvation from death]; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. [Knowing we are the offspring of Christ, we are freed from the slavery of the law, to seeing we have been chosen in Christ before the world ever began. We are the children of Abraham, children of promise, 430 years before the law ever came. we were wholly (4) put through the process of judgment (3), to the completion of the flesh (4x10x10=400) before the law was ever presented to us. The law was added to to humble us by producing more sin until the seed was to come in us and to show us what we have been given (Gal 3:19) by showing us our sin in the flesh.]
Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death [salvation from death by the law of works]; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. [salvation by faith, wholly (4) given to us through the process of judgment (3) to the completion of the flesh (4x10x10).]
Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. [Ishmael could not fulfill the promise by faith that Abraham would be a father of many nations (Gen 15:5)]
Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. [trying to obtain salvation by the works of the law, which modern day Christendom teaches]
Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. [If we do not believe that we are the children of promise in Christ, promised to Christ before the world began, before spiritual Ishmael was born – which is literal Israel/modern Christendom, we have not the spirit of Christ.]
Rom 8:10  And if Christ be in you [believing the promise], the body is dead because of sin [Ishmael]; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you [Abraham believing the promise by faith is what raised Isaac from the dead womb of his mother], he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you [shall raise Christ in us from our dead womb also].

This takes us back to our scripture today.

Deu 15:19  All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify [This statement underlined is in the Hiphil stem, which denotes the causative action of the sanctification, the LORD thy God – H8686] 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.

When the verse tells us “thou shalt do no work” with the firstling, but shall “sanctify” it unto the LORD thy God”, it is telling us that all which comes from the first born, that makes it holy unto the LORD, came from God. To use the firstborn for work, would be saying we can work our own way to sanctification by the law of the flesh. The causative action that caused the first born to be the first born was “The LORD thy God”. When we see that the law handed down from God to Moses, then to the people, was from the hand of God. We see that it is given for the purpose of making sin abound, but still does not affect the promise to us of being heirs in Christ.

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Gal 3:19  Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
Gal 3:20  Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Gal 3:21  Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. [We are left uncircumcised for 13 rebellious years, until we are set free by faith and circumcised from our witness of rebellion of the righteous judgment of God at 99, (Gen 17:24-25 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.)]
Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Let’s put this in terms that Apostle Paul used and what our scriptures are about today. The Promise was made to Abram that he would be a father of many nations, as the stars of heaven.

Gen 15:1  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Gen 15:2  And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
Gen 15:3  And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
Gen 15:4  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
Gen 15:5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Then Abraham’s wife, Sarah, got tired of waiting on God to bring about the promised son, so she had Abraham have a child by their slave girl, named Hagar.

Gen 16:1  Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
Gen 16:2  And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
Gen 16:3  And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
Gen 16:4  And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

Gen 16:15  And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
Gen 16:16  And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

Now we know that from this woman comes Ishmael. He is Abram’s firstborn, although God had promised the firstborn to come through Sarah. So, after thirteen years Sarah conceives and bares Isaac, the promised firstborn. Does the birth of Ishmael cancel out the birth of Issac as the firstborn? Absolutely not! The entrance of Ishmael was a type of the law to show us how we cannot and do not wait on God to bring about the promise. We try to obtain it through the law of the flesh. That law of the flesh is not just the ten commandments. Religion has added to and taken from the law of God to bring about the promise, but all it has gained is children of Ishmael.

Gen 25:13  And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
Gen 25:14  And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
Gen 25:15  Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:
Gen 25:16  These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

However, these people of the flesh do not bring about the promise through Isaac, which is the true first born and true type of Christ. Christ appears in us when we have given up hope of ever bearing something good to please God. Sarah had given up hope of ever having a child, so she deceived Abram to have a child with the young Egyptian slave to bring about the promise. Then she conceives Isaac at 90 years old and Abraham 100. So, the bringing about of the child through Hagar does not cancel out the promise. God stays true to the promise even when we don’t.

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.

We sanctify the firstborn by seeing that of Him, through Him, and to Him, are ALL THINGS, and to Him be all glory.

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 that comes from us is from God. We have nothing to claim as ours, including our sins. Like the sin of Abram and Sarah, Babylon calls on us to make the child we cannot make, and when God gives us our hearts desire, all it brings forth is trouble, fighting and war.

Gen 16:12  And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

Every sect of Christianty I have ever been in has been like Sarah trying to bring forth a child from a slave. All religions of the world do not wait on the promise, but rather they conceive of themselves to bring forth a law unto themselves. As their laws are the law of the flesh, they bring forth more sin. All that we can birth in the flesh is sin, even in our most beautiful works. This is the true meaning of ‘sanctifying the firstborn unto the LORD’. We are to see that all things come from Him, are by Him, and by Him do they consist. We have nothing to offer God to bring about His promise to us. He has made His own mediator. He does not need us to mediate for ourselves by trying to make good works to prove ourselves or intercede for ourselves through the law. Christ is God’s mediator. He is the promised SEED through whom we all come. We do not come through the works of the law; we come through the hearing of faith in Christ as the promised SEED. Because we are in Him, we are also the promised fulfillment of the seed, called the Christ of Christ.

So, let us sanctify the LORD our God in the firstborn, because He has caused us to suffer the mocking of what we thought was the firstborn until we are freed by the true firstborn, Jesus Christ, to Whom the promises were made. We cannot add to the firstborn’s birth. We cannot use him for works, for being the firstborn he accomplishes what God has ordained what he will accomplish either as the law of the flesh or as the law of Christ. If we are in Christ, we have been sanctified in Him and give God the glory for all that we were, are and will be.

Because we really only covered verse 19, next week we will, LORD willing, tie verses 20-23 into what we have learned in this study.

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