Deuteronomy – Deu 2:26-29 Let Me Pass Through Thy Land

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Deu 2:26-29 Let Me Pass Through Thy Land

Last week we learned about going over Arnon and how it was a type and figure of us recieving the joy of being overcomers. We saw how we are learning to have joy in the middle of the war. We went over the truths that our LORD spoke out of John about being of good cheer in the tribulations because He had overcome the world in our old man. We learned that hiding under the shadow of the first Adam, being huddled together in the masses about having freewill, able to devise, reason and account for oneself (Sihon king of Heshbon) is where all mankind abides, huddled together that they can fix their problems which they created. Now the battle has begun; it is here at our spiritual door, and that's what we hopefully will learn.

Deu 2:26 And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,
Deu 2:27 Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left.
Deu 2:28 Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet;
Deu 2:29 (As the children of Esau which dwell in Seir, and the Moabites which dwell in Ar, did unto me;) until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which the LORD our God giveth us.

Although we were just told that we were going to go to war with Sihon and defeat him, we still try to escape the war part and ask for peace. We would rather just ask, "please just summit, so this won't be so painful", but our old man will never give up his house quietly. God just got through telling us in verse 24 that we are to rise up, take our journey, because He has given Sihon into our hands, "begin" to possess and CONTEND with him in battle. Now we send out messengers "with words of peace". "Why", I asked myself? It seemed to me that God just told them that He had given them into their hands, so why ask for peace? The reason was because it is a form of submitting to the power of God for Him to harden our hearts and then defeat us. The Israelites did not know at this time that the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and half tribe of Manasseh would end up possessing this land themselves.

Num 32:33 And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, even the cities of the country round about.

The above paragraph is a quote from a study a few weeks ago. It also applies to our study today because the land that the Gadites, Reubenites and the half tribe of Manasseh end up possessing is this very land of self-accountablity, self-reasoning and self-declaration. They are eventually led into apostasy along with the rest of Israel.

It is hard to give up the power of your life, even though we don't have any power, but to give up totally the thought that we do not have freewill is death in the flesh. We were born to think the way we think. We know that the spiritual things of God can be seen by the natural;

1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

There are ways about me that my Grandmother would say, "You act just like your Dad." Some were good ways and some bad ways, but either way she either saw my Dad in me by my actions or looks. This 'natural' is what we are in the flesh to our first Father the Devil, who gave us the idea of freewill.

Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

He gave us what we think of ourselves and then our mother Babylon cultivates that by teaching her children how to please their Father the Devil and how to honor him, all along thinking she is freely honouring God. Then comes in all the religous garbage full of do's and don't's assembled by made-up laws of supposed freewill. This is who Sihon king of Hesbon is. He is our old man who thinks he has a freewill that can reason, account and devise his own life as dictated by his mother Babylon. So when we ask for peace, it is as though we are asking for permission from our father to do something, to get his blessing to cross the land to get to our land, the promised land. At this time, God first allows us to begin to break the bands of the lies of freewill of the old man, Sihon.

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Deu 2:26 And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,
Deu 2:27 Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left.
Deu 2:28 Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet;

Knowing that Sihon is our old man, and Israel is our new man, let's break down the request from our new man to our old man. "I sent messengers (angels/prophets/scripture) out of the wilderness." The word 'wilderness' can also be translated 'speech';

So we send scriptures out of our mouth that come from the "BEGINNINGS" of our new man.

So the words of Israel to Sihon are beginning words of breaking away, of taking our first steps toward our promised land. I think of things in a down-to-earth way which allows me to understand these things from natural examples. Therefore, I pictured a stranger coming to me and not asking, but telling me, "My caravan of hippies and me are going to pass through your property, with our cattle, wagons, women, children and our strange new God. We ain't gonna take anything and if we do, we'll pay ya for it."

Now that ain't gonna work for me. How do I know if you ain't gonna just set up shop on my land and it take forever to get you off? Like a landlord getting a dead-beat squatter off his property. So, our old man ain't no dummy. We know that once this message crosses our border, we're not getting rid of it.

I first received this message in 1994 and have been grappling with it ever since. So, now we can understand Sihon's apprehension about letting Israel cross his land, but we know that our old man has no power to stop it as it has already been written in the books.

Psa 139:16 Your eyes saw my embryo, And my days, all of them were written upon Your scroll; The days were formed When there was not one of them." CLV

Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

When The LORD said, "I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle," it was spoken as fact. Even if it seemed that Sihon resisted, even his resistance is part of the plan that is written in his book.

Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

These works were written in our books in perfection before the world began, and it was decreed (same word for judged - G2919) we should walk in them. So let us not get puffed up with pride in thinking God is talking about my personal sin that I conjured up by myself, free and independently from God. No, let's understand that we are Adam, and we were created in the natural Adam first ,...TO DIE...DECREED TO DIE... that as we die and are resurrected from the first Adam, we are created anew, we are born again into a new creation called the new man - ISRAEL, JESUS CHRIST.

When our old man resists the plan of God in the new man, this resistance is part of the plan to make the new man stronger. Resistance which is overcome is there to make the one who resists even stronger. The metal in the fire has to be put through the fire because it is resisting the melting down of itself. If the iron is just beaten by the hammer when it is cold, it will never be shaped. The fire is what causes the weakening process. But the iron in the fire is what makes the iron pliable; it is what makes us weak so that we can be shaped by the hammer.

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.

The words "wanting nothing" is the old English way of saying "lacking nothing". Lacking nothing means that this process of temptation is what weakens the old man until he is pliable and workable to be put to death. The temptation is the fire, because if it is not a temptation, then you are still Sihon and think you are king of Hesbon, you think the thing offered is okay and you are not even tempted. When I struggled with alcohol for years, it was a struggle to stop, a struggle not to drink at all. But the reason it was a struggle was because I was being tempted, tempered to be a sword of the LORD. If I just drank without thought, without regret, then it would have not been a temptation but a way of life.

Deu 2:30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.

No matter how many times I would read verses like this one, I just couldn't grasp it. I would just conclude the LORD knew what someone was going to do by his own freewill choices but would not interfere with his supposed freewill choices. But this is not what this verse says, does it? It says, "the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and MADE his heart odstinate, THAT he might deliver him into thy hand, AS APPEARETH THIS DAY". I realize today what the LORD did not give me back then. He did not put me to death. I was still thinking about myself as something needing fixing, not needing to be put to death.

I thought that I had freewill to choose Christ, and thereby God would take PLEASURE IN ME. I thought I was here to do good things that would glorify God but in turn glorify myself as the author of these things by my own freewill. I thought that I really wasn't created sin, but just had done some bad things that needed forgiven. The next verse explains it;

1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

To see myself as the chief of sinners is to see myself as Adam himself. To see myself as Adam is to see myself as the beginning of sin in my earth, as the creature created, a perfect sinning machine. To see myself as anything less is to see some good in myself that God says, "Okay, that part is good but that part has to go." No, the whole stay of bread and the whole stay of water is corrupt. But the good news is that Christ created me that way as part of His creating process in me. I cannot know good without evil, and I am BEING CREATED into a vessel of Honor, FROM A VESSEL OF DISHONOUR.

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
Rom 9:23 And THAT he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Rom 9:16 SO THEN it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

God hardens our old man's heart because even the old man would submit to the demands for self-preservation, but God takes it even further to destroy the old man. He does not let the old man submit. HE, God, takes the proactive steps to have the old man resist even more because God is seeking an occasion to destroy him.

Exo 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.
Exo 14:8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
Exo 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

Like Sihon, Pharaoh is me, my old man who is fighting against the plan of God because that, too, is part of my creation. My creation involves the death of my old man so that I can be resurrected a new man. God is not creating a new man OUT OF WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT THE OLD MAN. No, the old man must die so that the new man can be created, and it is an ongoing creation, day by day. The old man is hardened time after time, until God plants the final blow of the sword, and the old man dies. This is outlined in the process of Israel beginning this possession of the promised land.

Each war, each new nation, is a battle against the old man, Adam, chief of sinners. We are every nation, we are every land name, we are every giant, all just part of the hardening, dying, resurrection, creation process that each New Adam must go through to be made in the likeness of their Creator, Jesus Christ. Not only is my old man the first Adam, so my new man is the second Adam. As we have born the image of the first Adam, so we must bear the image of the second Adam - first the natural, then the spiritual.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Yes, these verses are applying to Christ, but if I do not see that I must bear the image of Christ as I bore the image of Adam and was Adam's representative, I will not see my creation in this life, meaning I will not be in the first resurrection. The LORD does not show me I am life unless He has first shown me I am death.

1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

When our spirit becomes hard and obstinate like Sihon, it is at this place where we are broken and ground to powder.

Mat 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Deu 2:31 And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.

Our old man comes out against truth. Our old man does not want to hear truth, cannot hear truth, and will fight it every way it can. This is the purpose of the old man creating philosophy, psychology, and all the other "ologies" out there, for the purpose of fighting against the fact that God turns us to destruction and then says, "Return ye children of men."

Psa 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

No one wants to believe that God is destroying them. No one wants to believe that they were created in sin for the purpose of God to destroy the flesh, and no one wants to believe that they are not responsible for their own sin. These are amazing truths that lift the burden of Sihon the Amorite king of Heshbon. We cannot be free unless we know we are slaves. We cannot be resurrected unless we are dead, and Sihon is getting ready to die so that Israel can live.

Next week, LORD willing, we will cover the following verses;

Deu 2:32 Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.
Deu 2:33 And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people.
Deu 2:34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:
Deu 2:35 Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took.
Deu 2:36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city that is by the river, even unto Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us: the LORD our God delivered all unto us:
Deu 2:37 Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the LORD our God forbad us.

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