Deuteronomy – Deu 4:5-8 How to Live in the Promised Land

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Deu 4:5-8 How to Live in the Promised Land

Deu 4:5  Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
Deu 4:6  Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
Deu 4:7  For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
Deu 4:8  And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

These words are from Moses speaking to the literal Israelites, which when we look at it through the spiritual eyes of the Spirit of God, we should see these words as the words of Christ from the sermon on the mount. This is Moses’ sermon on the mount, in type and figure, but according to the flesh it’s for the flesh. However, when we look at these words in the spirit and with the sum of God’s word we get instructions about the life we are to live in the promised land. One is from the letter to the flesh, for;

1Ti 1:9b …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…

This is what we are in the flesh; we are all of these things. Yet the law tells us we are to live without breaking these things according to the flesh, and we do keep them OUTWARDLY. God allows us the power to live according to the literal law outwardly, but only to our destruction. We are deceived into thinking that we have lived according to the law outwardly and therefore worthy of the kingdom of God, outwardly.

Mat 19:16  And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Mat 19:17  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Mat 19:18  He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Mat 19:19  Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 19:20  The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

You see how this young man, who represents us, kept the law outwardly. He did outwardly what Moses is telling the people in our verses today, but that was not good enough was it? Why? Because this time of being outwardly subject to the law is our time in the millenium, our time of being ruled by the rod of iron and yet never converted. Also, we notice that the LORD left out “thou shall not covet” in those verses above. We cannot be freed from something unless we are ruled by it.

Psa 2:6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion (we are Zion).
Psa 2:7  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee  [Rev 12:5].
Psa 2:8  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 
Psa 2:9  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

We are ruled by the law of the flesh until a GREATER than John the Baptist, who represents the law, comes Who baptizes us INWARDLY with the fire of His word. Christ acted as the rod of iron to the rich young ruler, not the fire, and because the rich young ruler was not converted, he went away sorrowful. Christ acts as the fire toward us because we are converted and see the words of Christ as spirit and fire. Before conversion it is a rod of iron to rule over, after conversion it becomes a fire that searches out all the hidden places of our heart, which causes us to be transformed from enemies being ruled over by a rod of iron to sons submitting to their Father.

Rom 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Col 1:21  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Rom 8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Mat 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Joh 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

Then we are told by this Fire that is inwardly searching out our land what it is we lack.

Mat 19:20  The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Mat 19:21  Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Mat 19:22  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Mat 19:23  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man (our old man) shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:24  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

The man of sin is rich, like this young man, because he controls all that we are in our world.  We cannot buy or sell unless we pay him homage, have his mark, because he owns all that we are. He owns us in the sense that all we do is for the preservation, the honor, the adoration, the fame of the flesh. All that we do is for the life of the flesh and for its continuance. This man of sin is ruled by the rod of iron. He is in his millennium and does not know it, because he thinks he is keeping the law and in turn is making himself a god by it.

Rev 13:16  And it is causing all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, that they may be giving them an emblem on their right hand, or on their forehead,
Rev 13:17  and that no one may be able to buy or sell except the one having the emblem of the wild beast, or its name, or the number of its name.”
Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him who has a mind calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is the number of mankind, and its number is six hundred sixty-six.” (CLV)

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (Christ revealed the man of sin to the rich young ruler when he told him to go and sell all that he had)
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

This fire that searches out our land, burns all the cities of the man of sin who made him rich. This is what we are doing inwardly, just as the literal Israelites did outwardly. Their story is our story to be taken inwardly. The LORD speaks to us, and it seems like a raging fire on all that we are. It scares us at first because it exposes who we are, our motives in keeping a literal law outwardly but never being converted.

Deu 4:12  And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.

Deu 5:4  The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,

Jos 8:8  And it shall be, when ye have taken the city, that ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment of the LORD shall ye do. See, I have commanded you.

This is what the law of Christ does to us inwardly; it burns all that we thought we were according to law, according to the flesh, the man of sin. The 40 years in the wilderness can be seen as our millennium time where we first get the law and are taught the oracles of God outwardly. We fool people by good works into thinking we are converted, but inwardly we are ravening wolves, desperately holding back the sins of the flesh, scared that the truth of what we are will be revealed – our inner thoughts.

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

However, when Christ enters us, we see all our good works according to the flesh were dung and nothing to God because we did them for the preservation of the flesh and not out of love for God. I can say with all honesty that the reason I first made an altar call all those years ago was because I had been dragged to a bad place. Life was hard, and I was afraid of going to hell. I did not wake up one day and say, “I love Jesus” and begin worshiping Him out of pure love. That is the furthest thing from the truth! I was afraid of hell, and for the preservation of my man of sin I did altar calls, I bought and sold that doctrine for the preservation of self.

God gave me the privilege of keeping the law outwardly for a while, fooling others that I was not like ‘THOSE OTHER PEOPLE’ who knew not Jesus. But before long, like the Israelites, I began worshiping with the Moabites and followed the way of Balaam. All of this is outlined in Christ’s sermon on the mount where He reveals His law according to the Spirit, not letter. These next verses are the statues and judgments we are being taught and are the things which make the nations within my land fearful.

Mat 5:1  And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
Mat 5:2  And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
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.
Mat 5:7  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Mat 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Mat 5:10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

All of these blessings are the way we inherit our land and the way the enemies in us persecute us. We know that the ememies in our land, our flesh, does not like these things, because in the long run they cause the flesh to die. From natural birth we are led by the flesh to lie, cheat and steal from man, beast and God for the betterment of self.

When I was about 7 years old I was shooting my BB gun and accidently shot out my neighbor’s window. We were taught when going into the house with a gun to shoot it in the air to make sure it wasn’t loaded, and I did just that. But the BB went on a long trajectory and hit my neighbor’s window. Instead of telling my Dad what happened, I kept silent hoping the neighbor wouldn’t notice. Well, he did and accused us of breaking his window from our go-carts going round and round in our back yard and throwing up a rock. He confronted my Dad, and it did not turn out good. My Dad defended us and told the neighbor he was wrong in very different words. I wanted to tell my Dad the truth, but my natural instinct to protect ‘my land’ was more important, and so the lie remained.

Years later, after I was grown, I told my Dad the truth, and he became very upset because of the way he treated the neighbor by defending us. Again I thought, “Boy, I should have kept my mouth shut and took that lie to the grave.”

I tell this story to relate how we are in the flesh, what we are naturally as brute beasts, from birth. There are two ways of looking at these verses in our study and understanding them: one from letter to the flesh, the old man, man of sin, our first Adam and we have covered that.  The other way is from the Spirit to our new man, who is created in the image of the second Adam; our Jacob being changed into Israel.

Gen 32:28  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

In other words;

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
Rom 8:4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6  For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Rom 8:7  For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
Rom 8:8  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (The literal Israelites could not and do not please God, but we are the spiritual Israel).
Rom 8:9  You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
Rom 8:10  But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.  (ESV)

If we imagine ourselves standing there with Moses, but see Moses as Christ, and the words that are being spoken are to our spirit and not flesh, we can see these words differently. See that the statutes and rules are inward and the land inward, see that these verses are speaking of taking over and destroying the man of sin within you, instead of outward cursing those people ‘out there’.

The people are inward, and the fire that burns these cities is God’s word being issued from the mouth of God to burn up all that we are. These verses from Romans are the statutes and rules which are now spiritual, freeing us from the demands of trying to keep what we could not according to the flesh. The flesh is the thing that stops the law from being fulfilled in our lives.

Although we can seemily look good outwardly, the law cannot change the heart of the beast within us. It may show us the promised land, but it cannot take us there while we are in the flesh.

The law cannot make me whole, it can only condemn me. But we are not in the flesh anymore, but in the spirit, we are part of the spiritual body of Christ, we are Israel. Jacob is dead.

Deu 4:5 See (inwardly), I have taught you statutes and rules, as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it (our inward land).
Deu 4:6  Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’
Deu 4:7  For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?
Deu 4:8  And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today?

These verses are read every day throughout the world. Somewhere someone is reading these verses as we speak and reading them as a parable. They see them as speaking to the Israelites back then and a historical reading about what the Israelites went through. They do not, they cannot, see them inwardly in the spirit.

When they read “keep them and do them”, they see themselves as keeping the law of God literally in the flesh. They do not, cannot, see Crist as being the power behind the keeping. They see themselves transforming themselves into a new man by their own freewill and then presenting their reformed man to Christ.  They do not, cannot, see themselves as Christ, but as people who follow Christ by their own freewill, who have chosen to follow Him because they love Him. As we all were, they are still blinded by the literal law, blinded by the man of sin in corrupting the law and bringing it down to the level of a dog.

Mat 15:26  But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

Now we take the inward aplication that we have been taught and apply it outwardly in the literal millennium. We have covered how the law of the flesh can be kept in an outward show of religion, but never converting the heart. We have covered how the law is applied inwardly by the Spirit of Christ and converts the heart.

Now we must take these principles and apply them outwardly to the world in the literal millennium. There will come a day when the kingdoms of this world will be handed over to Christ and His Christ. The Christ will be in new spiritual bodies as Christ became a new spiritual body and now indwells in us. This same process will happen in all those during the millennium. A spiritual body can see the spirits of the people and their thoughts, as Christ can see the spirits that are in us now and is why He is a fire in us burning up all the false doctrines in us.

Mat 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

So during the millenium we will be able to spiritually see what those in the flesh cannot see about themselves or others. We will be able to be entering their minds and heart in the spirit, able to see what they are thinking and planning. They will be able to hear our words but not see the similitude that we are telling them. In other words, they cannot be converted as long as they are in the flesh.

Deu 4:12  And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.

They will see us as evil task masters, as we saw the literal law to our flesh as a hard taskmaster asking us to make bricks out of the straw works of our hands. They will see us as asking them to perform what they cannot and holding them accountable for what they cannot perform.

This is how we see the law. It tells us to do what we cannot. It tells us to make an image, but we cannot see the similitude to make it. So we make one after the image of a man, the beast.

We make an image of ourselves and say we have kept the law, just like the rich young ruler. We see it carnally, not spiritually where it converts the heart. We are going through this struggle now, hopefully, seeing we cannot make a similitude of a carnal law, but that the similitude was made by the law-giver Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. That similitude is now within us and will be revealed in the revealing of His body. When He appears, we will appear for we are His Body;

1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1Jn 3:3  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Again:

Deu 4:12  And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.

They can hear the words of The LORD from our mouths, but cannot see what we are trying to say, because they are in flesh and cannot be changed until they go through the lake of fire just as we did. I heard the words of scripture for years of my life, but I never saw anyone who represented Christ to me. I just saw men. I was looking for the similitude of God in a single man. I knew what was in me. I could fool others, but when I looked in the mirror, I knew that I was dead and without truth.

It takes years of failure, years of trying to be good, years of sorrow and pain, until as God desired, I became a broken, shattered shell. Then He recreates me/us into a new vessel in the spirit.

Luk 5:36  And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.
Luk 5:37  And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
Luk 5:38  But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
Luk 5:39  No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

The flesh will always desire the old wine, the old fleshly doctrines as long as we are in the flesh. Spiritual doctrine cannot be interwoven with fleshly doctrine.

This is why the statue in Nebuchadnezzer’s dream had clay feet. It was mingled together with that which cannot be broken, therefore our old man cannot stand. We can have an appearance of iron, but we are standing on clay feet – flesh. In the millennium we will speak spiritual words to flesh, just like we had received, but they will not be able receive those words because they are still flesh and still need to be purified in the fire. They will receive them at first with joy, but when the trials come they will fall away as we did, back to fleshly worship. They will be ruled by the words from our mouth but we never are able to commit ourselves to them because, being spirit, we will know what is in man.

Mat 13:20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Mat 13:21  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Joh 2:23  Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
Joh 2:24  But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
Joh 2:25  And needed not that any should testify of man: FOR HE KNEW WHAT WAS IN MAN.

We will be in spirit bodies, able to know what is in mankind, just like Christ knows what is in us today. We are exposed before Him, we stand as naked as Adam and Eve, for He is Adam, and we are Eve. Plus, the millennium is not for them but for the Elect to come together as a whole. Today the elect only have a part of the full truth, so we only are able to see in part because we are still in fleshly bodies and still have not been united with those who are asleep in Christ.

When the Head of the Body shall break forth from the womb and be exposed, we shall be united to Him as He appears out of the spiritual womb, because we are the Body of that Head which shall rules with a rod of iron. When that time comes it will be the beginning of the millennium where the Elect will begin to know in full what the Head knows.

1Co 13:9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
1Co 13:10  But when that which is perfect is come (the Head, Christ), then that which is in part shall be done away.

We only know Christ in part, and we can only prophesy in part, BUT when He appears we shall be like Him, and we shall be taught in the millennium how to function as His body just as a baby learns to balance himself and then walk and then run. It will be a time of learning how to get our balance, our time of learning to be the body of Christ.

1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

We shall be like Him, and He grew from a sinless embryo to a sinless child, from a sinless child to a sinless teenager, from sinless teenager to a sinless adult; as so shall we be. Then comes the judgment of the world when we become the lake of fire to them, and they shall start their process just as we did until all rule and authority which has ever existed will be brought under the rule of Christ and then ultimately to God The Father.

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (in the lake of fire).
1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
1Co 15:25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
1Co 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
1Co 15:27  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

We only really covered verse 5, so next week, LORD willing, we will cover verses 6,7 and 8.

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