Study In Deuteronomy – Deu 1:1 “These Be The Words Which Moses Spake…”

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Deu 1:1 These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness,

We must ask ourselves, “Why is God telling us where Moses is when he is speaking to ALL Israel”? We know why Moses couldn’t go over the Jordan, but what is the significance of God pointing out to us where Moses and all Israel are standing? We know that they are on this side the Jordan (before they DESCEND into the promised land or are sybolically emersed) and that they are in the PLAIN. I looked up this word, and it is very interesting what this word means and how it is used.

This definition is very revealing of what God is saying to us about our wilderness experience from where He has taken us. It is barren to the flesh, it produces nothing for the flesh, the flesh profits nothing it can call its own. Because this wilderness journey is not for the flesh’s growth or for the flesh to produce something of itself, the wilderness journey was to show us what the flesh IS. It was to show us what the flesh is and Who God IS (standing right here and now), WAS (with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and in Egypt), AND WILL BE (on the other side the Jordan). He will not change.

SO…..”choose you this day whom ye will serve”, Jos.24:15 and

Luk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Luk 14:29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Luk 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
Luk 14:31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
Luk 14:32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

The very word “plain” means ALL THIS. The LORD is telling us, Israel, to count the cost. “You think the wilderness was bad? You think it was rough over here? Wait until you DESCEND across the Jordan”, and this is exactly what He is saying because we are shown that when we finish Joshua’s statement about choosing. Look at what he tells them to choose;

“…whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell…”

He does not give them the choice to choose God, because WE CANNOT MAKE THAT CHOICE, BECAUSE WE ARE NOT FREE TO MAKE A CHOICE TO SERVE GOD. WE ARE STILL SERVING THE gods of our youth. All we can choose is more IDOLATRY! But we read on to see why we cannot serve God at this point of our walk.

Jos 24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
Jos 24:20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

And what do we say;

Jos 24:21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

“Nay, NO. Thats not true, we are going to “choose” to serve God.” However, what does the Spirit say to us?

Jos 24:22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses AGAINST yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.

By saying we are going to follow God by our own choosing, we are witnesses against ourselves. We are as standing before a judge in a literal court room, with our hands on the bible and saying we are witnessing that we can freely choose to serve God of our freewill, KNOWING that our lives have shown we are slaves to sin and sin only.

Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Joh 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

And how does the Son make us free?

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

We can only be freed from slavery if we RECOGNIZE we are SLAVES and need someone to bind our master and free us.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

We are enslaved to the man of sin within us that is sitting in the temple of our heart.

Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Rom 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

All of this is coming from one small word “plain”. and it’s not just this, but look at “over against”:

The LORD takes us to the edge, to the precipice, by destroying our flesh by the law. Then He descends us into the promised land. But we are standing on the precipice, fenced in by what The LORD is burning out of us, the ornamental quagmire of gold, our self-righteousness. The five names equal the chastening grace which He uses to recreate us.

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.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Before we can possess the land, we must be tried in the fire, we must be totally consumed by what we thought was good. We must eat quail until it’s coming out of our noses.

Num 11:18 And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.
Num 11:19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;
Num 11:20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?

The quail represents our sluggish idea of service to God. Giving what we want to give is our idea of service, in a way that is just enough to try and satisfy Him by outward works.

To sum up what we are to learn from these first few words of Deu 1:1: we are standing at the beginning of our journey, at a new precipice, being prepared every day to leave the flesh in the wilderness, to leave it behind. All that we thought was good, we must see as evil, for it was in rebellion toward God as LORD. In this plain there is nothing that procreates and brings something to God as good for all our works in the flesh by the law are sterile and cannot produce good works toward God. We are without children, we are barren, and when able to see that we are sterile and cannot produce anything from the flesh by God, we then miraculously are able to conceive.

Gal 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
Gal 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

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