Deuteronomy – Deu 7:1 Who Are the Perizzites?

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Deuteronomy - Deu 7:1 Who Are the Perizzites?

Deu 7:1  When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;

There are some sins which are hidden in our hearts, hidden from the world; our secrets that we cherish. There are other sins that are open and in front of everyone of which we are not ashamed. These open sins are the Perizzites.

1Ti 5:24  Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

Let's cover an open sin and then the same sin hidden before it becomes open.

1Co 5:1  It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

It is obvious that this man's sin and his stepmother's sin was in the open. Everyone knew what was happening, and everyone apparently was proud.

1Co 5:2  And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

So what caused this man and woman to believe they could just parade around openly in the church? What made them feel so comfortable about their obviously open sin? "All things are by Christ and for Christ" (Col 1:16), so why did Christ allow Satan to orchestrate this outward manifestation of sin in the church? Because what had manifested outward was done to reveal the inward. The Church leaders themselves had allowed the congregation to brazenly parade around as though they had been born again by man. Their spiritual sin was secretly hidden, and it needed to be exposed.

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. 
1Co 3:8  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

We, the church, are Christ's wife. We are not Apollos' or Paul's wife, but Christ's wife. When we say we are of Apollos or Paul, as these Corinthians did, then we are saying that they are responsible for our birth. When we do that, we are saying that Paul or Apollos is the husband of their Father's wife, the church. In effect we are saying they fathered us. Christ is the Husbandman of the Church. He has Fathered all of us, therefore we have one Father, Christ.

Lev 18:8  The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.
Lev 20:11  And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

The Perizzite spirit lives in the "open country" and is an enemy of the Israelites. The literal Israelites are told to go into this land and destroy all of these nations, and as we are studying today, the Perizzites are one of those nations. This spirit is open before all to see and lives in this open place. When I was in Babylon, they would go to great lengths to bring up the "worst of sinners" to recount all their sins. There are countless books with "their testimonies" of all their sins, all they have done before they "were saved" in a ten-second sinner's prayer. This was all for show.

This recounting, WITH PRIDE, all the evil they had done was for the purpose of exalting the man's sin and his freewill. Instead of being ashamed of what he had done, he would proudly tell his stories over and over, recounting all his sins for shock value. The "peddlers and traffikers" of this open sin had the reasoning that, "If God could save such a sinner, then surely He could little old me." It also made me, the little ol' sinner, believe that my sin was not that bad. "Look, this guy murdered, stole, gambled, etc. etc. so surely God isn't worried about my skimming a little money from my employer, or from lusting secretly over my neighbor's house. "Come on, there is no way God is going to see me equal to this great sinner." This type of thinking is openly sacrificing in the field, the field is the world (Mat 13:38). When we put worship to what we have done in the world, we are sacrificing to devils, false doctrines.

Lev 17:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 17:2  Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying,
Lev 17:3  What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,
Lev 17:4  And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:

Who is the Door of the congregation?

Joh 10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers:but the sheep did not hear them.
Joh 10:9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

If we try to sacrifice to God by any way other than Jesus Christ, we are sacrificing to devils. When we think that we have changed our ways or that we were sinners above everyone else, and we made a freewill choice to come to Christ, we are sacrificing to devils.

Lev 17:5  To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.
Lev 17:6  And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Lev 17:7  And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.
Lev 17:8  And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,
Lev 17:9  And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the LORD; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

I have been taught from birth that I have a free will; I am an individual that was made by God and born into this world to make the best of it. I am intended to be a good man with thanksgiving to God for creating me. If I sin and break the ten commandments, then I must make up for that sin by good works after I have confessed that outward manifestation of sin to God in the name of Jesus Christ.

But (and here is where the issue gets murky) I always had a problem with the idea that I was capable of correcting what I had done wrong, because I knew that I was evil. I knew from a childhood I was a mischievous person. The evil I did, I thought was good. I sat in pew after pew, in church after church, listened to tape after tape, read book after book, and learned doctrine after doctrine, all to no avail. I was still evil when I was told to be good. I knew I was this way from birth, but figured I was different from others because I saw that they were good. I felt more kindred to the outlaw, than to Dudley Do Right. I say all of this to say, I was told to confess that what I had done wrong was wrong, and so I did.

However, the problem for me was that when I said I was sorry, I wasn't. Oh, sometimes I was, but the majority of the time I was not. I was sorry I got caught, but not sorry for what I had done. This truth was what led me to search the scriptures and find out why did I not feel like I was good enough to sit with everyone else in the pews. They confessed they were sinners just like me, but their confession appeared to give them peace, whereas my confession seemed phony to me. The reason was because it was phony.

I actually felt pride for my sin. But, how could I feel pride when I was told that what I had done was wrong? Because the Perizzite spirit in me had taught to me through society, movies, songs and family to relish evil. The evil I committed was my evil. I created it and no one else, therefore I took pride in it. This is why the Perizzite spirit abounds in Babylon. Babylon wants and needs a trophy sinner; one they can hold up to its members and openly relish the evil. It tickles Babylonian followers that they can commit evil and then turn it all around and make a sacrifice in the open field, taking all the glory for their sacrifice. They can make themselves right before God by their own actions. From the same heart that committed evil, they believe they can do good because they know the difference between good and evil. So in Babylon we really don't believe that sin is sin. We believe that God overlooks little sins and is more concerned about big sins, and it is this lie that fosters a trophy sinner. But what we don't realize is that when we claim free will, we are all equally just as sinful.

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 
Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 
Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 
Rom 3:13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom 3:15  Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom 3:16  Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom 3:17  And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom 3:18  There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

This is the reason the scriptures in Leviticus are a parable about us thinking we can create our own sacrifice, separate and independent from God. Whenever we hold up the trophy sinner, or focus on the great besetting sin in our lives, we are saying this is what I have done that keeps me from God. Then according to Babylonian doctrine we "choose" Jesus by our own free will. There are churches on every corner of this world, and in those churches are what they call altars, where the sinner says his ten-second sinner's prayer. These churches and alters are akin to sacrificing under every green tree and sacrificing in the open field. It is where we sacrifice to devils;

Lev 17:7  And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.

1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice,they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

Deu 12:2  Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: 
Deu 12:3  And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. 

The Door of the tabernacle is Christ. We are the tabernacle. We cannot enter our own tabernacle to understand why we are what we are unless we are given an open Door, unless Christ opens Himself up to us. If we attempt to understand who we are and why we do what we do any other way, whether it be psychology, meditation, sociology, science or religion, we are thieves and robbers.

Joh 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 
Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
Joh 10:4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

The Perizzite spirit tells us that what we are doing is either not that bad or that what we are doing is so bad that it is worse than everyone else. If it's not that bad, then we have no problem and we go on our way. If it's too bad, then we parade ourselves around as to impress others with how we have changed our own lives from the way we had created ourselves. Either way, it's all lies. Scripture tells us to go to Him in secret and to close the door, and do not grand stand;

Mat 6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, andwhen thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Scripture says that God is in "secret" and that He rewards in the open. But the Perizzite spirit does the opposite, it sins in the open, glorifies its sin, tells everyone its sin, and then thinks it can boldly walk up to The King of kings and LORD of lords and proclaim its own will to get right. This is all a lie and must be purged from our land. If our very sin is not our own, how can we claim redemption as ours? It's another layer of the doctrine of free moral agency that must be cleansed from our land.

These nations are all doctrines of devils which have occupied our land, and they must be searched out and killed, from the old to the young, sparing none. This is why I explained to you the way I felt about myself before I came to the knowledge of the truth. I wasn't different from anyone. We were all equally evil. God had just not let me get comfortable with the evil of self-redemption. I tried every doctrine I could, but no matter what nation in my land I went to, it always ended in the same result - confusion and bondage. I was evil, my flesh is created evil, and if left to myself I will continue to be evil. But Christ Who created me is using the very evil I am to mold me into what He has predestined me to be from the foundation of the world. We are all the same, whether an open thief or just a secret coveting pew sitter. We are all together become unprofitable;

Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

I felt different from others in all those churches, and I was different, because God was merciful to me and showed me what I was, a sinner to the core. I knew what the majority of mankind has never known or ever will know; I was evil from birth. This is why it says King David was a man after God's heart, because in all things David worshipped God. When he was down or up, he gave all glory to God and knew all things came from God.

1Sa 13:14  But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.

When we think our sin is worse than others or that they cannot understand the depth of our sin, we are in fact worshipping ourselves and giving credit to the flesh for something it cannot produce; a free will. This idea of a free will is the actual "besetting sin" that we all must learn to lay aside by looking to "Jesus, The Author and Finisher of Faith". He has Authored our first step of creation in these bodies of sin so that He can finish it in the making of our new man. No glory belongs to us. We cannot stand in the open field and claim anything as ours.

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus claimed His Father was God. He claimed He was not of this world. He claimed every word from His mouth was from God His Father, and for this He was ridiculed. But He despised the shame that they tried to put on Him by claiming He did not have a free will, and because He claimed God as His Author and finisher He sat down on the right hand of the throne of God. If we have been given this same knowledge, then we are in Him, sitting down on the right hand of the throne of God. The besetting sin of free will trips us all up, but if we hear the voice of the Shepherd we will be led to the still waters and the green pastures that contain the nutrition we need to grow. The Perizzite spirit is the worshipping of God in the way we see fit and by what we have called our sacrifice. But it is the worshipping of devils and not God.

Heb 11:32  And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
Heb 11:33  Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
Heb 11:34  Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Heb 11:35  Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
Heb 11:36  And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
Heb 11:37  They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
Heb 11:38  (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Heb 11:39  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
Heb 11:40  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Paul mentions Samson and David in the line of clouds of witnesses, of whom the world was not worthy. These clouds of witnesses subdued the kingdoms they were in bondage to through death. They wrought righteousness through death, obtained promises through death, stopped the mouth of Satan's accusations-lions, quenched the fire of God by death, escaped the sword by being killed by it, and out of their weakness were made strong. They had been bound in literal prisons as a parable of our spiritual prison. They were stoned by the truth, cut into two by it, and killed by it.  They were destitute wandering around enslaved to their flesh like Samson, wandering around in dead skins that represent our flesh (in the negative) and tormented by what they were in the flesh. Being clothed with goat skins represents the devil's doctrines and then sheep skins represent Christ, seeing ourselves as both at times (Lev 17:7, Heb 11:37). 

Then it adds, "of whom the world was not worthy." Why? Because they lived in the deserted state of the flesh, the mountains of their sin, hiding from their sin as in a den or a cave. Because they were given a small glimpse of what they were in the flesh. They are us, and we are them. We do not deserve what we have because of anything we have done in the open. We obtained what we have because we were in Christ before the world began. We should see our flesh as destitute and unworthy to stand before God, but our new man as sitting in Christ at the right hand of the throne of God.

The cloud of witnesses are not only for us, but against us. They are the truth of what we are, and they are the witness of our besetting sin of free moral agency. It will be a fight our whole lives. It will never stop until we draw our last physical breath. But we are surrounded by many who have come before us who fought this same battle and received a good report. They were sacrificed for us and fought this same battle for us. They never received the promises. They will be raised in the lake of fire, even though they suffered all these things for us to witness.

God has done all this for the elect, for us few rag-tag misfits who are given the knowledge that we are being created for the purpose of bringing all mankind to the knowledge of the Truth. We must hang on to this truth with all our might. No matter what the flesh accuses us of, no matter what the Devil whispers in our ear, no matter what we know about ourselves, we must hang onto the truth that Christ is our sacrifice and it a sacrifice that we must continue to do to our flesh.

The flesh must be sacrificed for the sake of the entire body. We must not sacrifice in the open field for the world's attention and praise but in the cave of the heart where Christ sees the true sacrifice. We must bring our sacrifice through the Door of the tabernacle, to the holy place where Christ is Priest. He alone is worthy to enter the Holy of Holies on our behalf. To think we have a free moral will is to sacrifice in the open field, the world, where the flesh will get its praises. This is the besetting sin of all of us. We must lay it down at the Door, bring it to Christ, Who sees why we are doing what we are doing and then will reward us openly with His likeness.

Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Psa 17:15  As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Next week, LORD willing, we will cover what a Hivite is spiritually in us.

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