Deuteronomy – Deu 12:20-28 Go Unto the Place Which the LORD Shall Choose

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Deu 12:20  When the LORD thy God shall enlarge thy border, as he hath promised thee, and thou shalt say, I will eat flesh, because thy soul longeth to eat flesh; thou mayest eat flesh, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
Deu 12:21  If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the LORD hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
Deu 12:22  Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so thou shalt eat them: the unclean and the clean shall eat of them alike.
Deu 12:23  Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.
Deu 12:24  Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water.
Deu 12:25  Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
Deu 12:26  Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the LORD shall choose:
Deu 12:27  And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of the LORD thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of the LORD thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.
Deu 12:28  Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.

When these verses tell us of a place of the Lord, a place He will choose, we all should know that place is in our hearts. The literal place in the wilderness was never settled because they moved around for forty years. They would set the tabernacle up in whatever place they were instructed at the time. It was not to be that way once they crossed the Jordan; then it was to be permanent. The nations they were ordered to destroy, worshiped God under every green tree, upon every hill and every mountain, but God says "ye shall not do so unto The Lord thy God". He wanted them to worship in the one place He chose.

Deu 12:1  These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
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.
Deu 12:4  Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.

They wandered in the wilderness for forty years. They set up the tabernacle in Sinai and then in Paran, (Numbers 10:11-13). These places represent our walk and growth in the LORD. They are not permanent homes, but rather stepping places for us while we are still in the wilderness. Symbolically, we are at different times in Sinai, a thorny place according to H5514 BDB, and then we are in Paran, caverns H6290 BDB. We are pushed from a place of thorns...

Mat 13:7  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

...into a place of hiding in caverns;

Isa 2:19  And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

The tabernacle of the LORD is erected in areas and times of our lives, but we are still struggling with the truth. We are getting times of joy in the LORD, but then we are struck by fear. What Christ does for us is give us a "place" where we are taught to live among the thorns and caves. We are taught that the trials of life are not to be feared but understood as a necessary step in our creation process. When this begins to happen, the permanent temple is being built. That temple is inside us and houses the holy of holies, Jesus Christ. It is set up in Jerusalem from above, the city of peace.

Deu 12:5  But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
Deu 12:6  And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:
Deu 12:7  And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.
Deu 12:8  Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.
Deu 12:9  For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.
Deu 12:10  But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;
Deu 12:11  Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
Deu 12:12  And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.
Deu 12:13  Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:
Deu 12:14  But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.
Deu 12:15  Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.
Deu 12:16  Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.
Deu 12:17  Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:
Deu 12:18  But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.
Deu 12:19  Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.

Our purpose, as a united body, is to house the holy of holies so that the rest of Israel can come to know the LORD. The rest of Israel is the world. Last week we covered briefly that the Levites represented Christianity, and as Levites they were not allowed to handle or even look upon the holy things of God. God uses them to erect the outer shell of the tabernacle, but the holy things belong to the priests. Israel (the world) is brought to the tabernacle, to the outer court yard, where the Levites have erected the boards of the outer court yard and then to the tabernacle where they have erected the outer tent, but into the holy of holies they cannot enter. Only the priests of God can handle the sacrifices and the blood.

Num 4:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
Num 4:2  Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers,
Num 4:3  From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.
Num 4:24  This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, to serve, and for burdens:
Num 4:25  And they shall bear the curtains of the tabernacle, and the tabernacle of the congregation, his covering, and the covering of the badgers' skins that is above upon it, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,
Num 4:26  And the hangings of the court, and the hanging for the door of the gate of the court, which is by the tabernacle and by the altar round about, and their cords, and all the instruments of their service, and all that is made for them: so shall they serve.
Num 4:29  As for the sons of Merari, thou shalt number them after their families, by the house of their fathers;
Num 4:30  From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old shalt thou number them, every one that entereth into the service, to do the work of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Num 4:31  And this is the charge of their burden, according to all their service in the tabernacle of the congregation; the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and sockets thereof,
Num 4:32  And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords, with all their instruments, and with all their service: and by name ye shall reckon the instruments of the charge of their burden.

These people represent Christianity. They are used by God to handle the outer cup but they cannot clean the inner cup.

Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Mat 23:26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

It is a necessary part of the process, but it is a process that only touches on the outer layer. As long as we are fearful and unbelieving we are still in the wilderness and still struggling with the sovereignty of God. This struggle is a necessary part of the journey for all of us. We all have areas of our lives where we are being taught not to shrink back and not to fear. We all have giants in our land we have been running from for years, but the the place where God has chosen to put His permanent temple is in our hearts. It is here we finally learn that He has been cleaning us up for years, dragging us from one religion to another, one thorn to another, one cave to another, all for the purpose of establishing us permanently in the city of peace, Jerusalem from above.

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

We are free from the thorns of the desert and free from the caves of Paran. We don't have to hide anymore, but we can stand boldly in front of our God as He alone has made us what we are and is in the process of remaking us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ. Christ has used the Levites to erect the outer shell, but they cannot bring us into the holy of holies. They're still looking outward at the shell of the tabernacle, not knowing the holy of holies is where we are cleansed. We all still have false doctrines in us. We all still have Babylonian doctrines in us, and we all still are trying to set up the tabernacle in the wilderness. Christ is building us stone by stone into the Permanent Temple made without hands, AFTER He has torn down our own temple which we thought we were.

Mat 24:1  And Jesus went out (aorist tense-G5631), and departed (imperfect tense-5711 - imperfect because it has to be repeated time after time - 1Th 5:19 quench not the Spirit) from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
Mat 24:2  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

What is the sign of His coming in me? The MAN of sin deceives us into thinking we have freewill and we are building God's temple, which temple we are. Once we have seen we are that man, the man of sin in 2 Thessalonians 2, when we SEE the abomination we are that brings the desolating judgment of God, we have SEEN THE SIGN.

Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

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; 
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 (of which temple you are), shewing himself that he is God.

"Take heed that no man DECEIVE (aorist tense) YOU" that you are God and not the temple of God. "see ye (present tense) not all these things...", that the man of sin is having you admire about your temple, because, " there shall not be left (aorist tense)", of what you've been deceived into thinking you are, " stone upon another that shall not be thrown down (future tense)". If we are priests who are being prepared to handle the holy things, all that we think we have built in ourselves from our religious doctrines, have to be torn down by God. That tearing down is done by sin to which we are enslaved to sin from birth;

Psa 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Rom 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

God uses all things in life to show us, THE ELECT ONLY, that humanity is living out God's purpose and plan. God uses trials in life to crush our temple into dust, to powder. From that powder He is recreating us into a vessel of honour, a temple made without our hands, but by the hands of God.

Luk 20:18  Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

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.
Jer 18:5  Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Jer 18:6  O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

Heb 9:11  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

The place He has chosen to put His name, Jesus Christ, is in our hearts. It is in this holy of holies He comes to us and talks to us over the Ark of the covenant. The Ark represents the cross, and it is at the cross He shows us what we are in the flesh, and that the flesh must die before we can have life. The more the flesh dies to self-love and self-glorification, the more the new man will grow into the love of God and the glorification of God. When we are shown we are the beast, the beast's throat is cut, and it is separated into quarters. Its blood is sprinkled on the altar, and its flesh is burned. This solemn offering in the natural represented the death of the old man and the life of the new man. We are cleansed from our sin by the death of Christ, Who took upon Himself the image of the beast we are, and then we are let loose into the wilderness covered in the blood of Christ, to live out the rest of our life in the wilderness as the scapegoat. We are walking in the wilderness (the world) covered in the blood of Christ, yet still existing in flesh.

Lev 16:7  And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Lev 16:8  And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat.
Lev 16:9  And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering.
Lev 16:10  But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.

We make up that scapegoat while we are walking around fulfilling our eon/age (aion). Each one of us together, from Peter until the last elected part of the body of Christ is added and the temple remade, are the Place in which God has chosen we worship Him. Together we make up the Place, and that place is Jesus Christ's body. When we come together, we are entering the holy of holies and partaking of the presence of God. This does not happen in the camp of Israel, the world. It does not happen in the inner court with the Levites, Christianity. It happens in the holy of holies where we are standing together with Christ. He is sacrificed for the elect's sins, and we are let go into the wilderness. This same process must come to pass, and we are sacrificed for the world. We must fill up of the sufferings of Christ which are left.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: 
Col 1:25  Whereof I am made a minister (put your name in there), according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
Col 1:26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you (Christ in the Saints), the hope of glory:
Col 1:28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Col 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

In those verses above, the Spirit of God displayed the Place where His name is to be worshipped, THE CHURCH. However, God is not in churches made of brick and mortar, but within the elected saints of God. The elected saints of God make up the true church, but all others are Babylon, the Great Whore, who teaches her children to sacrifice under every green tree. God is in every human that has ever been created, for in Him we live and move and have our being;

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Only the Elect have Jesus Christ in them. Only the Elect make up the Place where Israel is brought to worship God in truth in the lake of fire. This election is not based on how good you are or how evil you are, because the Elect know they are the evil of the evil, and there is no good in their flesh. God may keep every human alive and use every human to bring about the plan of God, but He does not reveal to every human that He is God and they are His servants. He does so only to 'the Christ', the Body of the Head, Jesus Christ. However, the temple which we think we have built must be destroyed first, because...

"....there shall in no wise enter into it (the new temple made without hands) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Rev 21:27).

No flesh, which makes the abomination that causes the desolation of the temple, shall enter the kingdom of God. The abomination must be destroyed first before the new temple is built. We are that temple that the world will come through to be burned in the lake of fire. We, the elect, are those written in the Lamb's book of life.

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

We are that fire which will purify the world by the Word of God in our Mouth. That Word is Christ, and that Word is what all the world will eventually come to live by.

Jer 5:14  Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. 

1Co 3:13  Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? [The spirit is what searches the hearts and burns up all that we thought we were.]

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

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