Deuteronomy – Deu 4:9-14 “Take Heed to Thyself, and Keep Thy Soul Diligently”

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Deuteronomy – Deu 4:9-14 “Take Heed to Thyself, and Keep Thy Soul Diligently”

Deu 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
Deu 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
Deu 4:11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
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 4:13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
Deu 4:14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.

The LORD tells us to take heed to ourselves and to keep our souls diligently, lest we forget the things which we have seen by His WORD, Jesus Christ, and these things depart from our heart. He is telling us this, because forgetting is exactly what we will do.

Deu 31:29 For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.

We are told the same thing in Hebrews 12;

Heb 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

In these verses in Deuteronomy, He is speaking to our flesh. He is putting our flesh under laws to which the flesh cannot attain. We can appear to attain to them outwardly in the flesh for a time as we spoke of the rich young ruler, but that is only a show made out of terror and unconversion of heart. It is not done out of love toward our Creator, but out of duty.

Mal 1:2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,

There it is there! Esau is our flesh, and God says He hates Esau and loves Jacob, our new man. Why does He hate Esau when He created him flesh? Because the flesh is not the final creation (Jer 18:4). Flesh is the beginning of the creation, the process in creating the new man. Yet the man of sin convinces the flesh that it is the final creation and that there is something in it which is acceptable to God.

We offer God what we, the flesh-Esau, think is pleasing, not what we have been told pleases God. Why? If we are told what the flesh offers is offensive and everything the flesh is, is offensive, and that God hates our flesh (Rom 9:13), why do we offer works of the flesh? For one thing, the flesh does not believe God and secondly, because these works are for the dragons in us, for their habitation.

Mal 1:3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

The flesh’s power, the mountains, are for the dragons of the wilderness. It is where the evil spirits which dwell within the fleshly/carnal man live. They live and thrive in the power of the flesh. It’s their heritage. They strive to see the flesh exalted above everything else so that it can present the flesh all cleaned up and beautiful believing that God will have to accept it. But God does not accept the flesh’s works, and in fact He throws them down as filthy (Isa 64:6).

Mal 1:4 Whereas Edom (Esau) saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.
Mal 1:5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel.

God throws down our works of the flesh which we build by the law (1Ti 1:9), and then He declares that the works of Esau are abominable to Him. In this “your eyes shall see” that He only loves Israel, the new man. So how are we to “take heed” and “keep” our souls diligently? By making sure that we are hearing from heaven and not from the earth.

Heb 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

Lest we forget how filthy the flesh is and are taken away by a false doctrine into worshiping God from works of the flesh which are puffed up as religious and good, the literal Israelites, who represent our flesh being handed the law, could not stand before God. All the flesh sees is thick darkness and fire. All it sees is “I’m so evil that I must DO SOMETHING besides sacrificing these animals, who represent Christ. Can this one sacrifice be enough? Surely he requires more than that!”

What the flesh does not understand from EARTH is that the voice from HEAVEN is telling it that it is ESAU and must be sacrificed. But the flesh does not see Esau as detestable, then turns around and tries to turn him into Israel. We try to hide the wolf in us and pass it off as a lamb.

Eze 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

Our flesh tries to get dishonest gain, to buy and sell what it cannot offer by trying to pass off useless works of flesh as the gold tried in the fire which pleases God.

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Deu 4:11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.

We stand before God naked and destitute in the fire of God’s word burning our heavens, with darkness, clouds and thick darkness. This is describing all that happens in the born-again stage, where we are getting our first look at what we are in truth, in our heavens. All we see about the flesh is darkness, clouds blocking the view of the Son, and thick darkness. If you notice darkness is mentioned twice as a witness. The first darkness is:

This first darkness shows us our ignorance of God’s law, and of why He is, was and will be. The second darkness comes from seeing this first darkness, for it is how we then are to see ourselves and our worth independently and separately from God.

We approach the burning mountain, we see what we didn’t see – our darkness in the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ Jesus and that causes a thick darkness which makes us loathe what we thought we were. However, we are not come to that burning mountain once we have come to that burning mountain in the flesh. Once we have seen what we are in the flesh in that burning mountain, we have come to Mount Sion in the spirit, unto the holy city, of which holy city we all make up, unto the city of the LIVING GOD in Christ Jesus.

Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

We are dragged to the mountain, we hear the Word, we see the mountain of Esau burning with fire unto our heavens (thoughts- Pro 16:1), we see the thick darkness of what we are, but we do not see the similitude of Christ. It is not until we do what He says that we begin to see the similitude.

Deu 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Heb 12:18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
Heb 12:19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
Heb 12:20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
Heb 12:21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake🙂

We are not come back to the mountain that burned. We are not trying to be righteous by the law of the flesh, because we know that the man who tries to be righteous by the law must live by it – an eye for an eye.

Rom 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

We have seen the the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, not in our flesh being justified by the works of the law.

2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

This light of the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ Jesus comes through judgment. We saw the burning mountain, all the darkness and thick darkness, and we see that we have been judged. Judgment is how we get to Sion, not by works. We see that God has sought an occasion to judge us so that He could destroy us, so that He could then use this destructive judgment to recreate us into what pleases Him.

Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Who are we, the creature, to complain against our Creator that we don’t like His method of making us into the image of Christ, the new man?

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh (Pharaoh is our man of sin), Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee (power = judgment), and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth (His name declared throughout our earth in judgment).

The power of which He was speaking is the fact that HE, GOD THE CREATOR, created Pharaoh FOR THE PURPOSE OF SHOWING GOD’S POWER to the world in us. That the very flesh which He created, He created for destruction so that He would recreate it in another form as the Potter desires.

Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom (the new man) he will have mercy, and whom (the old man) he will he hardeneth.
Rom 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto 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 9:24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

Now let’s reread the following verse.

Deu 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

Why are we being warned not to forget? If God predestined all that we do or don’t do, why are we being warned to take heed? The warning is God’s way of keeping our minds focused on what we are in the flesh, so that we do not turn back to the flesh in self-righteousness. It’s the same as God creating us marred so He can seek an occasion against the flesh, but in the reverse order, to use the warning to recreate us into the vessel of honour. God has shown this to us in the following verse.

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

We are to keep ourselves united to the Body of Christ. In doing so we will be constantly reminded of Who the Head of the Body is. We won’t lean back to the flesh.

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

What is the sin about which He is speaking? It is the sin of works of the flesh according to the law for righteousness. He says no sacrifice for “sins” plural. It is the sin of self-righteousness from which we cannot cover our sins of the flesh. It is not forgetting to assemble together with the rest of the body, not forgetting we do not stand alone. I am not Christ alone from the rest of His Body, I am Christ because I am assembled together WITH HIS BODY. I do not stand alone as my own god, as the man of sin does. The high-minded old man will die in his sins (Joh 8:24).

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.

If we have been graced to see these things in the spirit, to taste them and “with joy receive them”, then to turn back to the deeds of the law, a law of any kind for righteousness, there remains no sacrifice for sins of the flesh. If I believe that I do not need to be united to His Body, but can stand on my own, I am saying I am my own god separately and independently from the Body. Christ is the only sacrifice for sins, not by our works. Works of the law kill, and Christ gives life, so to try and get life from the law is useless, for Christ is the fulfillment of the law.

Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

All that we have to look forward to is a fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, by which the flesh MUST experience and be destroyed. There is no sacrifice for the flesh that will bring it back into the good graces of God, because that was not God’s intention.

Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Heb 10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Heb 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The flesh was never in God’s good graces, it was created marred for the purpose of recreating it. The new man feeds off the flesh as the eagles feed off the carcass.

Mat 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Deu 4:13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.

He delares His covenant and commands us to perform it for the purpose of us seeing we need Christ. He also tells us ahead of time that this covenant is addressed to what we are from birth in the first Adam, the first beast that rises out of the sea of mankind. It is then followed by we see what we are in Eve, Babylon, the second beast which rises out of the earth, our self-righteous religions which command all that we are to worship the first Adam. He tells us this in the fact that the ten commandments were written on two tables of stone, one for each stony heart of each beast. Both stones must be kept together as both beasts are really one and the same. Each beast witnesses to the other, as the stones do.

Job 41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

2Co 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

Deu 4:14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.

Hopefully by now we can see that the land is not over in the Middle East, but is inside us. The statutes and judgments are also inward to possess the land, which we are. Possessing the land is conquering the man of sin and all that he thought he was when he rose up out of the sea of men.

Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

If we have been crucified and are being crucified from all that we thought in our head, where the wound is, we will see that all these words are spiritual and that the flesh of our beast profits nothing. The buying and selling of the beast has stopped because the merchandise which Babylon provided is gone from our lands.

Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
Rev 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
Rev 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
Rev 18:13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
Rev 18:14 And THE FRUITS THAT THY SOUL LUSTED AFTER are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

This happens in the day of the LORD, and today is that day. Everything we thought was ours – our goodnesses, our acts of religous sacrifices, even our evil acts – are all gone. What we thought was ours is destroyed by the fire of God’s word in one day, that day of the LORD in each and every elect’s heart. We have been shown Who the LORD is and that we worship Him in spirit and truth. We have learned what the statutes and judgments are, and we have learned where the land is in which we are living. Finally, we have learned what doing the statutes and commandments means, that they are spiritual; first carnal in Babylon, then spiritual in Israel.

Lord willing, we will cover Deu 4:15-19 next week.

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