Deuteronomy – Deu 1:31 The Lord Your God, Who Went In The Way Before You

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Deu 1:31-33 The Lord Your God, Who Went In The Way Before You

Deu 1:31 And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place.
Deu 1:32 Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God,
Deu 1:33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.

In the wilderness is where God showed Himself to the Israelites as a Father to a son. So what does the law show us about how a father is to act toward his son? If we are given eyes to see how God acts toward us as children, we will have a better foundation to understand why He sent them into the wilderness for chastisement, which in type He does to us. Also, it must be pointed out that a Father goes before the children, as in this case and in the case of Christ, Who was crucified before the world began (Eph 1:4).

Deu 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Deu 8:6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

Deu 21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
Deu 21:19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
Deu 21:20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
Deu 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

That action would certainly not be politically correct today.

Pro 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Pro 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
Pro 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Exo 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

It is necessary to lay a good foundation to show that Israel was God's son. It is also necessary to point out that Israel is who we are as the Israel of God. So to live out every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, we must see ourselves as those who are in Abram, Egypt, the exodus, in the wilderness, crossing the Jordan and entering the promised land.

Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Gal 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

God tells the Israelites that He sees them as His children in the wilderness. It is important to note this phrase "in the wilderness" because the wilderness is where we experience our lake of fire. The time they spent in Egypt is their/our time of their millennial/Babylonian journey. I used to think that Egypt JUST symbolized my time in the world without the knowledge of God, as such I was taught in my doctrinal knowledge of God. We must make a distinction between the Babylonian doctrines we were taught while worshipping the golden calf in Egypt;

Exo 32:4 He took the gold from the people and used it to make an idol. Using a special tool, he shaped the gold into a statue of a calf. Then the people said, "Israel, here are your gods! These are the gods that brought you out of the land of Egypt!"

Jos 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; 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: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

The Babylonian doctrines we knew, and by which we lived BEFORE we were drawn to organized Babylonian religion and worship, although not spelled out in religious "canons" of faith like Calvinism, Catholicism, Buhdism, Mormonism, Islamism and such, were nevertheless Babylonian doctrines. The root word of Babylon is babel and babel comes from the land of Shinar, where the tower of Babel was made, and the LORD put confusion on the people and caused them to have different tongues/languages. This caused the people to be separate from one another and spread throughout the world/our flesh. Babel means confusion (H894, from H1101).

Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. (us at birth)
Gen 11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
Gen 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Gen 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city (scattered in our earth).
Gen 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

This language is literally languages in the flesh, but these people's lives, as with all other people of scripture, are lived for our learning and edification. So we are to see their lives in the flesh as actually taking place, but learn from them in the spirit.

if we are spiritual, if we recieve the words of Christ which are spiritual, then we will apply their lives to ours in the spirit.

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 (the end of our worlds inwardly/ our tower of babel).

1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Now we can see spiritually that when we tried to obtain the knowledge of God in and of ourselves we were given the spirit of confusion, and we made different gods to worship. The easiest example I can give that witnesses to this aionian journey up to babel and into Egypt is the following;

I lived through years of no written doctrine, but rather verbal doctrine passed on from each stage of my childhood into my adulthood. As I grew, so did the complexity of each doctrine. I fine tuned them into a god that was JUST FOR ME. This is reading the story of the tower of Babel inwardly and seeing its languages as religions, gods and as the beginning stage of my worshipping of a doctrinal god laid out in a description of faith or canon. From this point we are given a drought in life by The God, Who sends us to spiritual Egypt, Babylon doctrinally spelled out.

Gen 41:54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
Gen 41:55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
Gen 41:56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.

It is here in our Egypt that we begin to form all those doctrines we had learned into another god, dress them up, and create another beast that rises out of the earth, that rules over us.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

We then meet this god:

Gen 41:44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

This spiritual famine is what causes us to be drawn to Egypt (organized religion) where we bow down to Zaphnathpaaneah and eat from His corn.

In the negative, he represents us being indoctrinated to religion. Our god has brought me into a drought in life, and now I need "the preserver of the age", of my age, to be a "revealer of a secret" to save me from death, to heal my head wound.

Zaphnathpaaneah's wife was given to him by Pharaoh, and her name is Asenath. Her name means:

H621- Asenath = “belonging to the goddess Neith” (BDB).

The goddess Neith means "I came from myself" (Cyclopedia) and below is part of an explanation about her from Cyclopedia;

And Asenath's father was a priest of On.

So we are brought into this world by The God, The One and only God. We begin to hear all these different doctrines about other gods. We end up using all these myths to create a god that suits us. With gods such as Neith as examples, we create a god for ourselves, but without an orderly set of doctrinal laws. This is represented in Rev 13:1.

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.

We then end up spiritually hungry and are led by The God to Zephnathpaaneah for spiritual food. Here at the city of On, in Egypt, we are taught the canons of faith about our new god and his wife, creating the second beast;

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon (our religous doctrines).

These all represent Satan, the Whore, and Sodom/Egypt, where our LORD was crucified. It is here in Egypt that the Israel of God starts their millennial journey and are ruled with a rod of iron.

Deu 4:20 But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

God uses the false religions of this world to rule us as a rod of iron. Whether it be the 10 commandments or the law of the Gentiles, which is one and the same, He still uses law to break us. For the purpose of showing us we are worshipping ourselves as creators, believing as all religions teach, that God created us but gave us freewill, we fell from His graces, and now it is up to us to recreate ourselves back to the image He created us - so we believe at one time.

Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (The doctrine of the goddess Neith - The doctrine which the whole literal world is culminating into today.)

Rom 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
Rom 2:26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
Rom 2:27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

When we are crushed by the very gods we worshipped, Zephnathpaaneah, then and only then does He bring us into our wilderness journey where we will begin to be purified by the lake of fire. All of this process, from birth to Babel to Egypt to the wilderness and then finally to the promised land, IS US BEING CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF OUR CREATOR. Our creation is not dependent upon ourselves but upon The Creator, Who is creating us for HIMSELF, not for ourselves.

Gen 1:27 And creating is the Elohim humanity in His image. In the image of the Elohim He creates it. Male and female He creates them. (CLV)

This important lesson is where we started our study today: "what does the law show us about how a father is to act toward his son?" This way of acting toward his son is the creating of his son. It is in this chastening of His son that God is creating him.

Heb 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Heb 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chasteningG3809 of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Our millennium journey started in Egypt and our lake of fire starts in the wilderness as Sons of God. The man Jesus's millennial journey started in Egypt, and His lake of fire started in the wilderness.

Mat 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Mat 2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: (Rev 12:5, Rev 17:3 with Rev 13:1 - this beast is us before we gain religion, before we are ruled by the woman).
Mat 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. (the purification by fire)
Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

His journey is our journey, and His physical death was our spiritual birth. He is bringing us into the promised land (Exo 23:20), and we must then, as kings and priests, lead the rest of mankind into their wilderness journey so that they can also enter the promised land.

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