Deuteronomy – Deu 17:14 Set a King Over me, Like as all the [Other] Nations

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Deuteronomy – Deu 17:14 Set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me

[Study Aired July 31, 2020]

Deu 17:14  When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;

We have no idea how enslaved we are, as natural people, to the carnal mind. We are just now starting to get glimpses of freedom. We talk a lot about the man of sin and how we are two men in one; two Adams. In religion we read about the Apostles physically healing the sick and casting out demons, and we see them as gods, as great heroic people who never once batted an eye at sin. We make statues of them, we give them great titles, we make paintings of them floating around in white robes as though they had reached some utopia in another sphere, just outside our physical eye sight. However, none of that is true. It is just another lie of the serpent that leads us astray into the worship of the flesh and glorification of something other than God Himself. It is a distraction, smoke and mirrors.

The truth is, the Apostles struggled just like we do daily. They fought over doctrine, they put on a show for others to impress them, they had struggles with sins of the flesh just as much as we do, and they had to rebuke one another. “Why,” I ask myself, “Do we make them something they were not? Why do we hold them up on pedestals? Why do we exalt them above the throne of God as though they were something they were not?” Because we all desire, in the flesh, something to see with our natural eyes as obtaining something we cannot. We all think that if we paint pictures of them, make statues of them and glorify them as gods, then somehow that makes us like them. In our verses today, the first thing God tells us we are going to do, when we are given truth, is make a king over us. The first thing we think in our hearts when we are brought truth is, “I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me.” So we put pastors, priests, and the like over us, or we read books from those who have have been impressed us and call them our leaders. We see them as kings, as “men of renown” (Gen 6:4).

The truth is that these men of the flesh, who write books, teach biblical lessons based on the freewill of man, every single one that has ever lived, are slaves to sin. They are all still enslaved and all still moved to write books and speak with great swelling words of vanity based on the works of the flesh.

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1Co 3:4  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
1Co 3:5  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
1Co 3:6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
1Co 3:7  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

The truth is, we have only One King, and that King is Jesus Christ. Either we believe He alone is the source of all knowledge, or we don’t. There is no room for debate on this issue. God the Father has given everything to His FIRST begotten, and it is through Him we come to know any truth. A physical king, who is led astray by thoughts of free will and free moral agency, inherently given from Adam and Eve in the garden and passed on down to us, is an evil, self-seeking person who has been blinded by the truth of the total sovereignty of God. When the Apostle Peter was led by the Spirit of God to pen the following words, he was led by the Spirit of God, not his own carnal mind, and these words are specifically speaking of freewill and free moral agency.

2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2Pe 2:1  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2Pe 2:2  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Pe 2:3  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

2Pe 2:14  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
2Pe 2:15  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; [love taking credit for the works of God as if they come from us separately and independently of God]
2Pe 2:16  But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
2Pe 2:17  These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
2Pe 2:18  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
2Pe 2:19  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
2Pe 2:20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2Pe 2:21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

These verses are all speaking of the same thing. They are warning us of the false doctrine of freewill and the doctrine we are free moral beings independent and separate from the One and only God, Who gives to all what He and He alone desires and when He desires. When we are brought by the Spirit of God in Jesus Christ to the truth, then we can have fruits of that spirit.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Gal 5:26  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

If we are desiring these attributes listed above, then we must rebuke all evil thoughts of freewill. All thoughts of freewill are based on one sin – self-righteousness. I know I wear this verse out, but it is so important:

Eze 33:12  Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. [The righteousness of the righteous IS the wickedness of the wicked. In the day that we believe we have a righteousness separately and independently from The Creator of ALL righteousness, we have become the wicked.]
Eze 33:13  When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.
Eze 33:14  Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin [turn from the wicked imagination he has a righteousness of his own making], and do that which is lawful and right; [give God glory for all things]
Eze 33:15  If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity [3 stages of judgment, restore that all things copme from the Creator, give God all glory for all things, and walk in this truth without taking glory for any of it.]; he shall surely live, he shall not die. [He will have the peace, love, joy and such listed in Galatians 5:22.]
Eze 33:16  None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.
Eze 33:17  Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.
Eze 33:18  When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.
Eze 33:19  But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.
Eze 33:20  Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.

Trusting in another man is still trusting in the man of sin, either way. God was telling them in this verse how they were going to sin, and they did exactly that.

1Sa 8:1  And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
1Sa 8:2  Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
1Sa 8:3  And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
1Sa 8:4  Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
1Sa 8:5  And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
1Sa 8:6  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
1Sa 8:7  And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
1Sa 8:8  According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
1Sa 8:9  Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
1Sa 8:10  And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
1Sa 8:11  And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
1Sa 8:12  And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
1Sa 8:13  And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
1Sa 8:14  And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
1Sa 8:15  And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
1Sa 8:16  And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
1Sa 8:17  He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
1Sa 8:18  And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
1Sa 8:19  Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
1Sa 8:20  That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
1Sa 8:21  And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.
1Sa 8:22  And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

We would rather a man rule over us than God; that is our nature. We would rather be told what to do by a man we can see than read the word of God ourselves and know the truth. We are all, by nature, lazy gluttons who would rather someone read to us and do the hard work than do it for ourselves. To search the word and to study it, to compare scripture with scripture, takes away from the things we really love to do – eat, drink and be merry. We don’t like to hear hard things; we want to hear smooth things. We all want our cake and to eat it, too.

Isa 30:8  Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
Isa 30:9  That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
Isa 30:10  Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
Isa 30:11  Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
Isa 30:12  Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
Isa 30:13  Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.

These things highlighted above are not written to those in Babylon. No, they are written to us, His people, who are still coming out of Babylon. We all like to hear smooth words, “Tell us good things, tell us how good we are going to be and how far we’ve come, tell us how we are going to reign over everyone.” Yet at the least little trial we fall apart. This is why we want someone else to fight for us, why we want someone else to do the digging in the Word, so we don’t have to take the time to do it ourselves. We hate confrontation, and we love peace, but peace only comes after war.

Ecc 3:8  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

You will notice peace comes AFTER war, not the other way around. It is a war to get to peace, not through peace to get to war.

Joh 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Dan 3:20  And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
Dan 3:21  Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Dan 3:22  Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Dan 3:23  And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Dan 3:24  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
Dan 3:25  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Dan 3:26  Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

In both instances, peace came through war. Christ’s life, death, burial and resurrection brings peace to us while we are still in the war, in the tribulations of the world, at war with the world inside us and outside us. Like the three Hebrew children who were thrown into the fire where they were purified or shown that God had purified them already, the fire is where we learn, not hearing good things. If good things are what we desire we’d better go back to Babylon and be lulled back to sleep with smooth things. We have a King over us, and this King has tasted the war, lived the war and now is teaching us how to war.

We must fight against the pulls from outside, the lies of religion that desire we sit with them, agree with them and make music with them. These are lies and cords of vanity that pull us back into the mire. Then on top of that, we have to war with the man inside us.

He never sleeps. Even in my dreams he is trying to drag me back. He never lets up, he is always there, like a filthy rag laying on my back. He stinks, he’s foul, he’s a liar, he’s a murderer, and he loves the preeminence over the new man. He wants to be a king. He thinks he deserves to be a king. He thinks because he is taller in his own mind than others he deserves to be a king over others. He can quote scriptures faster and better, he is quick to have the first answer, he sits up front to impress the other leaders. This is the man of sin who desires to be above all and over all. The following parable is speaking to us about this very subject, it is not talking about a literal feast, but the actual wedding feast. This is the parable:

Luk 14:7  And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,
Luk 14:8  When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;
Luk 14:9  And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.
Luk 14:10  But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
Luk 14:11  For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Who is it that exalts himself? It is the man of sin – the flesh. He knows it all, has all the answers and always sits up front. Mr. Dudley Do-Right is how he wants everyone to see him, but inwardly he is craving the highest seat and the accolades of the whole. Inwardly the man of sin is a ravening wolf, a lion who roars at the prey.

Luk 11:37  And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.
Luk 11:38  And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.
Luk 11:39  And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.
Luk 11:40  Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?
Luk 11:41  But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.
Luk 11:42  But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Luk 11:43  Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
Luk 11:44  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them. [the three woes (Rev 8:13]

This king we desire is the man of sin. He is not Christ, at first. Like we read earlier, first war then peace. When we first begin to come to the promised land and we begin to get victories over the great whore, we then desire a king. We all do it, we all desire it, and we all fall into that trap. The best thing we are given to see is that it is not Paul or Apollos, but Christ. Whatever comes from the man of God, comes through Christ. It is not inherent in man, because flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Mat 11:27  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

The scriptures tells us how to spot the man of sin, “He talks a lot and has many words to speak”.

Pro 10:19  When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. (ESV)

Pro 17:28  Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. (ESV)

Pro 18:2  A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. (ESV)

It is good to see these things about ourselves. It is good to know who we are in the flesh. That was the purpose of the parable of the Pharisee and Publican. The tax collector, our new man, could not even look up, and his only words are, “Be merciful to me a sinner.” However, the man of sin is full of words, pointing out all he has done and not done. It is easy to see the wolf covered in sheep’s clothing because, although he is covered as a lamb, he cannot but howl as a wolf. He cannot stop howling, letting everyone know his voice, and yet still wearing the covering of a lamb.

Our man of sin is easily exposed if we see with the eyes of Christ. As long as we see Christ as the KING of kings, the LORD of lords, and the Alpha and Omega of all things and by Him all things consist, we are worshipping our KING and not the false king. As long as we are given the ability to see that all things are created by the Creator, and we are not Him, then we are the wicked that has turned from thinking that he had a righteousness separate from the Creator. We are the wicked that have been given to turn from the sin of iniquity, self-righteousness, and are now walking in the righteousness of the Creator.

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