Deuteronomy – Deu 9:13-29, Part 1 – The Power of God Upholds All

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Deu 9:13-29, Part 1 - The Power of God Upholds it All

Deu 9:13  Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
Deu 9:14  Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.
Deu 9:15  So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands.
Deu 9:16  And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you.
Deu 9:17  And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.
Deu 9:18  And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
Deu 9:19  For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also.
Deu 9:20  And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.
Deu 9:21  And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount.
Deu 9:22  And at Taberah, and at Massah, and at Kibrothhattaavah, ye provoked the LORD to wrath.
Deu 9:23  Likewise when the LORD sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice.
Deu 9:24  Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.
Deu 9:25  Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.
Deu 9:26  I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
Deu 9:27  Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin:
Deu 9:28  Lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.
Deu 9:29  Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm.

We have spent many studies talking about the wickedness of our hearts. We have spent many an hour looking into the corruptness which we are, and yet we still struggle daily to keep our heads above water. The struggle is always the same. We do not trust God, we do not believe what He says is true. Have you ever wondered why God does not seem to answer your prayers when we pray for seemingly good prayers, to ask for deliverance from sin, or ask for faith, or ask for a sick Brother or Sister who is ill, and they get worse, or continue to stay in the condition they are? Yet, week after week, study after study here we are. Why? The answer to both questions is the same, and it is the subject of our study today - the power of God. It is the power of God which keeps everything going the way it is every second, every hour and day by day.

Where did the the nations that were to be driven out of their own land from the houses they built, the land on which they labored, originate? They came from God. They were the descendants of Canaan, the son of Ham, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Gen 5:1  This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
Gen 5:2  Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Gen 5:3  And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

In creating Adam, God is doing so in an aorist tense, as we discussed last week. We are being created from the destruction. We cannot know the power of God unless we see it from all angles. For example, these literal Israelites were brought into Egypt, slavery, to save their lives.

Gen 50:19  And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
Gen 50:20  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Gen 50:21  Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

Gen 15:1  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Gen 15:2  And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
Gen 15:3  And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
Gen 15:4  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
Gen 15:5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Gen 15:6  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Gen 15:7  And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
Gen 15:8  And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
Gen 15:9  And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
Gen 15:10  And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
Gen 15:11  And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
Gen 15:12  And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
Gen 15:13  And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Gen 15:14  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
Gen 15:15  And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

So, their habitation in Egypt was to save them through slavery. God had planned that after the death of Joseph, another king would take over, and the children of Israel would then become slaves for four hundred years. We know from scripture that four means the whole of the subject, and 10 means the complete destruction of the flesh. Times ten you get the reason it seems God does not answer our prayers. He waits until the whole of the flesh has been destroyed in that area before He frees us; the four hundred years. But what we don't acknowledge in these truths is that holding us in this place of servitude is for our good and by His power. It is the power OF GOD that keeps us bound to slavery. Then when deliverance comes, it comes from Him Who has been the consistence of the power that has keep us in slavery.

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Did that verse say only good things? No, it did not. It says, "By Him all things consist." So, where does the slavery to sin come from? From me, from you, from my parents, from my siblings, from the circumstances in my life or your life? Was it because I was born in a certain area of the country or world? Was it because I was born poor therefore learned how to steal to make it? Was it because I was born rich and therefore learned how to be self-centered and to love literal money? What is and was the cause of all these problems, and why do they continue to go on day after day in the world? BECAUSE GOD IS ALL POWERFUL AND ALL THINGS CONSIST BY GOD THROUGH CHRIST. Whatever is, is because His power keeps it that way. Whatever changes, changes because He has predestined the change, and it comes from His power. Now this is the crux of the matter - do we believe this? This is the rebellion for which the literal Israelites were denounced; rebelling against this knowledge. God created them this way, for a purpose also;

1Co 10:6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1Co 10:7  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
1Co 10:8  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
1Co 10:9  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
1Co 10:10  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1Co 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1Co 10:14  Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

The last verse is the cherry on top; "...flee from idolatry." Flee from worshipping yourself as a god independent from the God. All these peoples' lives, hundreds, thousands of years, of millions, no billions of people lived and died for one reason - for the elected of God in Christ to learn. We are on whom the ends of the world have come. The end of all humanity and all its glory has stopped with the knowledge we have been granted.

No other race of people on this earth who have ever lived has obtained the knowledge we have today. From the resurrection of Christ until today, only those who have their eyes opened and their ears unplugged, which were closed by the power of God and opened by the power of God, know these truths. Can we grasp the enormity of this truth? If you think it's a fairy tale or a movie, think how Noah must have felt when God selected him alone from all humanity to tell the world it would be flooded and all would die. Do you think that in the hundred twenty years it took to build the Ark he did not think in his head that he was off his rocker? Of course he did, but the power of God kept him building, day after day, month after month, year after year, decade after decade, until the rains came. It had never rained before, so no one knew what rain was.

Gen 2:5  And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 
Gen 2:6  But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 

So, when Noah told the people that it would rain, they were obviously confused. But their confusion was the power of God, so that He would save the eight He had predestined to save. The rain, the knowledge to build the Ark, the wisdom to corral all the animals, the strength to stay on course building the Ark, etc, all came from the power of God. Today, we struggle with whatever it is that God has given us to struggle with: self-righteousness, idle gossip, slothfulness or whatever is our struggle, but it is by the power of God we are struggling with what we have these struggles. These struggles, as were the 400 years in Egypt, are for our good, and they are by the power of God so that when we are delivered we will give all glory to God for the deliverance.

Our last few studies were about not trusting in ourselves as having anything good in and of ourselves to deserve this knowledge and wisdom. Today our scriptures are telling us to know that the rebellion He is working out of us by crushing us is the reason for all we go through. The rebellion we are created with is as leaven in dough; it makes it rise. Without leaven in the dough, it does not rise to make a fluffy soft bread but stays flat and hard. God is using our very rebellious nature which He created to create the end product, the Christ; an image of His Son Who is the Image of Himself. We are being created as the offspring of God with the wisdom and knowledge of truth.

Act 17:29  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.

1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
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.

Our murmuring and complaining in the flesh is to teach us not to murmur and complain. We worship ourselves to teach us not to worship ourselves. We of all people that have ever been created were created to show the glory of God in Christ Jesus our LORD, Who gave up His life because He was the only One Who had ever been created alive. He tasted of death and then was resurrected so He could resurrect us from the state we were in - death. We were created dead, in sin, for the purpose of being recreated in life, the life-giving power of Christ. We are born dead and are resurrected to life.

Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 
Mat 23:28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 

Col 2:13  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Col 2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Col 2:15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

All of these scriptures testify to the truth of our original creation and the recreating process we, the Elect, are going through. We were created dead, and by the power of God are resurrected from the death of humanity, from flesh, to life in Christ Jesus. In this resurrection we will show the world the beauty of this process, and all flesh will die literally and will be recreated into the vessels of honor He had planned from the beginning. We are the first fruits that have grown from the death of the Original SEED. We are the fruits of the death of That SEED.

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

As we die, we will bring forth the rest of the fruit in the latter harvest, the harvest of the world, in the lake of fire, when all will be recreated by the fire we are experiencing now.

Num 31:23  Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water.

We must be blotted out of the book before we can be created to be written in it. The flesh cannot enter the kingdom, therefore it must be blotted out. Moses prayed for people to be saved from death, but unless we pass through death and are blotted out, we cannot be written in the book of life.

Deu 9:14  Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.

God knew what He was saying when He wanted to blot out their names, but Moses did not. This is a parable of what we try to do by the law. We try to purify ourselves if only God will give us a little more time to get it together.

Rev 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Rev 3:6  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 
Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Rev 17:8  The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Flesh and blood must be blotted out as having life before we can be written in the book of life as recreated and perfected in Christ, Who is life.

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1Co 15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

All of these things are the power of God; the Israelites making the molten calf, their rebellion at all the other places and their unbelief in Him conquering the nations - all of it was by the power of God. Why? What was His plan? It was all for our admonition. All of it in them, all of it in us, all for our learning, our growth, our re-creation into the image of the only begotten Son of God. Now that we have this knowledge, now what? What do we do with it? By the power of God, the same power He used to destroy us, we labor to enter His rest. That will be the next study. Having this knowledge we are being created to enter His Rest, and that rest is in Jesus Christ.

Heb 4:3  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Heb 4:4  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
Heb 4:5  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
Heb 4:6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Heb 4:7  Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Heb 4:8  For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. [This verse will be the crux of our next study.]
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

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