Deuteronomy – Deu 17:1-7 Do Not Offer a Blemished Sacrifice

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Deu 17:1-7 Do Not Offer a Blemished Sacrifice

[Study Aired July 17, 2020]

Deu 17:1  Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God. 
Deu 17:2  If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant,
Deu 17:3  And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 
Deu 17:4  And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: 
Deu 17:5  Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die. 
Deu 17:6  At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
Deu 17:7  The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

In verse 1 God points out that sacrificing unto Him any bullock or sheep wherein there is any blemish or evilfavouredness is an abomination. Then in verses 2 and 3 He says, “If there be found among you, within thy gates, which the LORD thy God gives you, who have worked wickedness by worshipping the sun, moon, or any host of heaven, which He has not commanded us, that person should be stoned to death.” He describes the investigative process in verse 4, and then in verse 5 He tells us to bring that wicked person TO THY GATES, (remember the gates that He Himself has given us, a place of judgment), and stone them to death. Then in verses 6 and 7 He speaks of the witnesses. It must be at least two or more witnesses and the witnesses must be the first ones to place their hands on the offender before he or she is stoned to death, then all the people join in the stoning process. This is the method in which the evil is put away from among us.

These were literal commandments, for literal people, within the literal, physical nation of Israel. Now we must see these things inwardly and understand them inwardly. We must now see how these commandments still apply to us today, inwardly and then within the spiritual Israel of God, to whom these words were actually meant to be given. These commandments were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world have come.

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened [G5707-imperfect tense, which means they are continually having to happen because the perfection of them has NOT HAPPENED in fullness] unto them for ensamples: and they are written [G5648-being written] for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come [G5656-aorist, ends of the world are coming.].

All these things we are reading are BEING WRITTEN on our hearts continually because we are BEING PERFECTED by these things which are BEING  written for our admonition. In that admonition we are perfectly, presently being formed into the image of Jesus Christ in that area of our life.

2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed [G5743-present tenseinto the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 

Rom 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

These things we are reading, although they were physically written long ago, are just now being spiritually written on our hearts. These things are continual, and we are being changed every day from one height of glory into another height of glory, from glory to glory and from glory to glory on and on until we have reached the perfection God the Father has predestined us to obtain, the image of Jesus Christ.

2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Eph 1:10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times [upon whom the ends of our worlds are cominghe might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

How can something be called as being ongoing (being written in the aorist tense), when they WERE written thousands of years ago? It’s because what was written thousands of years ago was written in the natural and is now being revealed as what God has predestined SPIRITUAL ISRAEL KNOW, spiritually, from before the world began.

Gal 6:16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Therefore it is being written in our hearts as we speak, since what was penned in the natural is just now being written in the spiritual. It is now BEING revealed to us for whom it was intended in the first place! “…they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come”.

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them. (ASV)

The WORD is living because the Author is living inside us.

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Learning this truth is worshipping at the altar – with no groves planted near this truth and no thought of freewill or free moral agency separate and independent from the Creator. Knowing that these things were written before we ever existed physically, but knowing that they are being written spiritually now, allows us to understand our verses today. First, what does it mean to sacrifice something?

H2076
זָבַח
zâbach
zaw-bakh’
A primitive root; to slaughter an animal (usually in sacrifice): – kill, offer, (do) sacrifice, slay.
Total KJV occurrences: 134

What does it mean to slaughter a bullock or sheep TO THE LORD? Does God really desire the death of animals to satisfy His anger? Is an animal sacrifice really what this is all about? Obviously not. Again:

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

We are those bullock and sheep.

Ecc 3:18  I said in my heart concerning the matter of the sons of man that God might cleanse them, so as to see that they themselves are beasts. (YLT)

When we are shown that we are beasts in the flesh and that the flesh is made to be destroyed, we see that that destruction is a sacrifice unto the LORD.

2Pe 2:12  But these, as natural brute beasts [bullocks and sheep], made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

However, what we are being warned against is adding any blemish to that sacrifice. If at any time we think we have to add some religious ceremony, chant, rosary or certain prayer to accomplish that, we have blemished the labor of a bullock and the quietness of the sheep. Adding to or subtracting from the commandment that God is the All in all blemishes the sacrifice. It adds to the sacrifice of the bullock, which is an ox (same word H7794). An ox is what pulls the plow and therefore represents the labor and power that breaks up the hard earth, of which earth we are.

Pro 14:4  Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

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

It is the same with the sheep. The sheep represent quietness or speechlessness, and if at any time we believe that quietness is something we can do on our own, through meditation or our own will, then we have blemished the animal to be sacrificed by again worshipping ourselves and adding to the word that God is the All in all. It is the same as worshipping the sun and moon.

Act 8:32  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Christ exemplified the labor of the bullock and the quietness of the sheep. He knew that whatever came from His labors was not His own and that His strength to go quietly to slaughter was not His own. He knew that whatever came from Him or did not come from Him was of His Father. He never once claimed His freewill separate and independent from His Father, from His Creator. He knew what we are being taught, that the ends of our worlds are come upon us, and what we thought was our world is His. We have nothing of which to boast or to claim, because we are not the Creator. This truth brings the end upon us, and our worlds die daily. So, when the Living WORD in us shows us a blemish by showing us how we are worshiping the flesh as the creator, the sun, the light of truth and our Babylonian doctrine, as the moon, the sustainer in our darkness, we must be put to death. When that part of our old man is put to death, then we can see clearly in that area of our life that God is the All in all. Before that part of the old man is put to death, the witnesses must be the first to lay their hands on the head of the offender and the first to cast the stones at him.

Deu 17:5  Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
Deu 17:6  At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
Deu 17:7  The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

We are all living stones.

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Together we make up the temple, Christ being the Chief cornerstone upon which the rest of us are built. We are the very stones that are thrown at the offender in these verses. We are to help judge the body now, in this life.

1Co 5:12  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

1Co 6:2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Co 6:3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

We cast the first stones after we have laid our hands on the false doctrines which carry us away. This is why we come together often, to cast the stones at the false doctrine from which we all are being cleansed. The cleansing comes from death, and that death…IS THE SACRIFICE. When the offender is sacrificed, he becomes the very sacrifice; the bullock or sheep we are presenting to The LORD, because the death of the beast in us becomes cleansed in its death. In the acknowledging of its uncleanness is the witness against it and then the death of it. In this process, it becomes the perfect sacrifice which pleases God.

Psa 116:15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Psa 116:16  O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.
Psa 116:17  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
Psa 116:18  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,
Psa 116:19  In the courts of the LORD’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

In the death of the old man, the beast, it becomes pleasing to God for us to witness against who and what the beast is, was and will be and in that witness to be the first to lay hands on him and the first to stone him. Then the whole body, all of Israel, witnesses against him and then also helps cast stones at him to put him to death. This is how false doctrine is delivered from us and how the offender that is caught worshiping himself as the father and the mother is put to death. The more we learn, the more we gather together, the more the old man is exposed, witnessed against and stoned to death. In that death, we are becoming the very sacrifice that is pleasing to God. As long as we see who we are, IN TRUTH, the more we die, and the more we die, the more we become the sacrifice which pleases God.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

The more we are formed into the image of Christ, Who sacrificed all for us, the more we die daily and walk in His love as a living sacrifice.

Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

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