Deuteronomy – Deu 20:19-20 The Positive Application of Besieging a City

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Deuteronomy – Deu 20:19-20 The Positive Application of Besieging a City

[Study Aired October 23, 2020]

Deu 20:19 When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man’s life) to employ them in the siege:
Deu 20:20 Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for meat, thou shalt destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with thee, until it be subdued.

Last week we covered briefly about what it meant to besiege a city, and here is a quote from last week:

This quote is in the negative application against those who are not receiving the truth in this age. Today we will cover the positive application and the besieging we do with one another to help us overcome the false doctrines in our own lives and in the lives of all those being dragged to the knowledge of the truth. What we understand spiritually is that it is to war against the false doctrine within ourselves and within others who are receiving the truth. The Hebrew word besiege is H6696:

H6696
צוּר
tsûr
BDB Definition:
1) to bind, besiege, confine, cramp
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to confine, secure
1a2) to shut in, beseige
1a3) to shut up, enclose
2) (Qal) to show hostility to, be an adversary, treat as foe
3) (Qal) to form, fashion, delineate
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root

All these definitions can be seen as inward and can been seen as the process we must go through to be formed into the image of our Creator, Jesus Christ. Before we come to the knowledge of the truth that Christ has created all things and by Him all things consist, we are under the unrestrainable doctrine of free will. We are taught from birth that we are free moral agents and that nothing can stop us but ourselves. We are taught we choose to do good or we choose to do evil and that we know the difference between the two. We are the parable of the man on the other side of the sea – sea being mankind (Rev 17:15) – in the country of the Gadarenes.

Mar 5:1 AndG2532 they came overG2064 untoG1519 theG3588 other sideG4008 of theG3588 seaG2281, intoG1519 theG3588 countryG5561 of theG3588 Gadarenes.G1046

This first verse is in the KJV+ bible version because I want to take the time to point out the phrases “they came over” and “other side”. I also want to point out the meaning of the name “Gadarenes”.

The first set of words is “they came over”G2064 and means:

G2064
ἔρχομαι
erchomai
er’-khom-ahee
Middle voice of a primary verb (used only in the present and imperfect tenses, the others being supplied by a kindred [middle voice] word, ἐλεύθομαι eleuthomai or ἔλθω elthō; which do not otherwise occur); to come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively): – accompany, appear, bring, come enter, fall out, go, grow, X light, X next, pass, resort, be set.
Total KJV occurrences: 639

The next set of words “other side”G4008 means;

G4008
πέραν
peran
per’-an
Apparently the accusative case of an obsolete derivation of πείρω peirō (to “pierce”); through (as adverb or preposition), that is, across: – beyond, farther (other) side, over.
Total KJV occurrences: 23

And the meaning of the word “Gadarenes” is:

G1046
Γαδαρηνός
Gadarēnos
Thayer Definition:
Gadarenes = “reward at the end”
1) also called Gergesenes, was the capital of Peraea, situated opposite the south extremity of the Lake of Gennesaret to the south-east, but at some distance from the lake on the banks of the river Hieromax
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from Gadara (a town east of the Jordan)

Having those definitions, let’s read the parable about who we are before we come to the knowledge of the truth, and how we are as people without the knowledge of the truth, unable to be bound or besieged.

Mar 5:1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
Mar 5:2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
Mar 5:3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
Mar 5:4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
Mar 5:5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
Mar 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
Mar 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
Mar 5:8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
Mar 5:9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
Mar 5:10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
Mar 5:11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
Mar 5:12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
Mar 5:13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
Mar 5:14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
Mar 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
Mar 5:16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
Mar 5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
Mar 5:18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
Mar 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
Mar 5:20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

We are this man who is unable to be bound with the religions of the world because we are the elect. The elect go through horrible trials inwardly and outwardly before they are dragged to the truth. We are in spiritual mountains and tombs like this man was until we are given sight to see Christ afar off. It is then that we are given sight and the legions of false doctrines that existed in this one man, all based on freewill, are cast out into the world from where they came. We are this man, and from then on we “besiege” our own lives with the truth, and we “bind” up the false doctrine in us and treat them, all the legions in us, as our adversary and as our foe. This is done by the Spirit of God to form us, to fashion us into the image of Christ, Who is now walking in us so that we can receive what the name Gadarenes means – “the reward at the end.”

Our reward is to be in total submission to Christ as our Head and we as His bride. This process takes time because our flesh does not want to be His bride. We do not want to ruled over. We want our own free will.

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to (H413-against) thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

So, like this man on the island of the Gadarenes, we must be besieged against and bound. This besieging is an ongoing “Qal” stem that is producing a new man who does desire to be ruled over by His King. It is through besieging, binding and the killing of our old man that Christ forms us.

Mat 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We must all be bound, we must all be thrown into outer darkness, we must all experience weeping and gnashing of teeth, because through these trials Christ is besieging us and slowly methodically starving us out. In the old times when a nation would besiege another city, they would do as these verses tell us today; use trees as bulwarks against the city. They would cut down trees and build a wall around the city so no one could come or go, and eventually they would starve the city dwellers out. This is what is being done today within us. Our old man is being starved out. The following story is another besieging that takes place within us until we are crushed to powder, and all is left is the poor in spirit.

2Ki 24:10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.
2Ki 24:11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and his servants did besiege it.
2Ki 24:12 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign.
2Ki 24:13 And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said.
2Ki 24:14 And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land. [This is a very important point.]
2Ki 24:15 And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king’s mother, and the king’s wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.
2Ki 24:16 And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
2Ki 24:17 And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father’s brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.

What comes from our besieging is a new man, the “poorest sort”, one of a contrite spirit. We are besieged, and all that we thought was holy, good, acceptable to God, has been taken and destroyed by Babylon until all that is left is the “poorest sort”. It is this poorest sort that Christ is looking for, those that have been besieged and are hungry for the truth, those that mourn for the truth, and those that through these trials have become meek. These next four verses explain the process of being besieged.

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

What we see as being besieged are those evil people ‘out there’, those that are in bars, in jail, for the rich swindler or the adulterous fornicator, and that’s true, because that describes us as a whole.

1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1Ti 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

The besieging we endure is for the same purpose for which God used a literal king called Nebuchadnezzar, to rob us from all our gold, to take all that we thought was beautiful, to take our strong men, and to leave us with nothing but the “POOREST SORT”. It seems counter-intuitive to what the flesh desires or believes, and that’s the point. The flesh must be destroyed by religion. In a recent study some things were said that really had me thinking; some things that really kept me meditating later that day. Isaiah 66:3 was quoted, and then this statement was made:

Then he makes this statement after quoting Isaiah 66:4;

This is all speaking about being besieged by God to recreate a new man who is void of thinking that he exists outside of God’s sovereign will. These truths free us by first besieging us. We must die to live. The last part of these verses in Deuteronomy is:

“Thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man’s life) to employ them in the siege: Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for meat, thou shalt destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with thee, until it be subdued.”

We know that, like the man on the island of the Gadarenes, we have many legions living in us, and these men living in us are called trees.

Mar 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

It again is the opposite of what we think to be fruit trees. Our minds instantly go to good works, the treasures we have built up for God, the gold of our Solomon’s temple. However, that’s not the case. The fruit we are looking for comes through being humbled and seeing we have no good fruit. Good trees are those trees in us that God has planted which produces humbleness, poor in spirit, gentleness, kindness, patience, and these come through failure. You cannot know these fruits and eat of them as long as you think your Solomon’s temple is full of gold. It is not until you are robbed of all your goodness that you produce a fruit which can be eaten. Here is a new testament version of a bulwark:

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.

Here is the fruit that this bulwark produces:

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.

It is a good thing to be besieged and for a bulwark to be set up around us. It is through this adversity against our flesh (Besieged) that we are “pierced through” (gone over to the “other side”), and our old man is killed, and we begin to see that we are being created through all these trials. It is then we are able to see “OUR REWARD ON THE OTHER SIDE”, the meaning of Gadarenes. We are that man in the country of the Gadarenes because we are the elect of God who have been besieged and pierced so we can receive our reward on the other side – Christ. Christ is our reward, and He will bring us through this life to the other side.

Mar 5:1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

After we have come to know this truth in full, we will be sent to the rest of the world, the ten cities, and tell them what great things the LORD has done for us and begin the besieging process on them in the lake of fire, so that they, too, can come to know the truth.

Mar 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
Mar 5:20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

The meaning of the name “Decapolis” is “ten cities”, and it is so named because it is in the lake of fire we will begin to bring to light the completion of the fleshly carnal mind (signified by the number ten), and all mankind will be completely recreated. This is the positive meaning of being besieged, and thank God, we are being besieged now in this age.

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