Deuteronomy – Deu 14:1-2 Ye are the Children of the LORD Your God: Ye Shall not Cut Yourselves

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Audio Links

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Deu 14:1-2 Ye are the Children of the LORD Your God: Ye Shall not Cut Yourselves

[Study Aired December 20, 2019]

Deu 14:1  Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.
Deu 14:2  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Why does He tell us not to cut ourselves or make baldness between our eyes for the dead? Because we are His children, and being His children we should know that no one dies.

Mar 5:21  And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.
Mar 5:22  And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
Mar 5:23  And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
Mar 5:24  And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

Mar 5:35  While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
Mar 5:36  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Mar 5:37  And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
Mar 5:38  And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
Mar 5:39  And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
Mar 5:40  And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
Mar 5:41  And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
Mar 5:42  And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
Mar 5:43  And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

On July 24th 2009 my Dad, whom I basically worshiped, went to sleep from lung cancer. He was to me, a mountain of man, not only physically but mentally. I never saw him back down from anyone or anything. It seemed he had no fear and everyone who knew him, respected him. After he went to sleep I took it very hard. I drank heavily and cried almost hourly for months. I can still feel the pain in my chest while I write these words because in some ways I still hurt from his sleep. I know the truth, to the degree God has given it to me, and I know my Dad is not dead but asleep, and one day I will see him again.

2Sa 12:15  And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
2Sa 12:16  David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
2Sa 12:17  And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
2Sa 12:18  And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
2Sa 12:19  But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
2Sa 12:20  Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
2Sa 12:21  Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
2Sa 12:22  And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
2Sa 12:23  But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

My Dad will not return to me in this age. He will not ascend from the sky, neither will he just appear. I will see him in the lake of fire where I will walk him through his life and show him the purpose for his life and that he was the man he was because that is what Christ created him to be. It was not because he was 6'2 260 pounds; it was not because he had hands twice the size of mine; and it was not because he had mustered up the strength to be fearless of all men. These things were true, but they were not of him. Christ created him to be all he was. Christ made him what he was and through life, molded him into being what everyone else saw. However, that is not how we see things in the flesh. We see the man making the man. We think we fashion ourselves into what we are, not God. So, when people go to sleep, we are so devastated because we had worshiped them for what we saw them as, what we had made them in our own hearts and minds. We had made them gods, as I did my Dad. This is what is meant in our verses today of not cutting ourselves nor making baldness between our eyes for the dead. I cut myself for years by drinking myself into oblivion. I made myself bald between the eyes because I was stripped of all hope from what I saw naturally.

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

From 2009 until 2014 I had no hope about my Dad's death. I discounted all his drunkenness, bar fighting, ungodliness and such and held out hope that he was not in an ever-burning fire screaming at the top of his lungs from the fire of a literal hell on one thing - he was water baptized! That was all the hope I had, I put it all on this one physical act, literal water baptism and the story the pastor and other parishioners circulated around that when my Dad came up out of the water there was a glow around him. They all saw it, and I believe in their blinded, carnal Babylonian hearts, that is what Christ had them believe they saw to validate that the greatest sinner they had ever known got saved that day. You see, they thought my Dad, not themselves, was the greatest sinner they had ever known. They could not and do not to this very day believe they are the sinners he was. So, we make people out to be more than what they are. We worship them, we devote our lives to them, so when the King, Who made the people we have made kings in our hearts, takes the breath from them, we are devastated. Our worlds are crushed; we are lost and wander around doing all we can to separate ourselves from the truth. The truth was that this man was not the man I thought he was - he died. I never thought that could happen, and so I cut myself and made myself bald between my eyes for this man who I thought was a god, but died like a man.

Isa 14:10  All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
Isa 14:11  Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isa 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Isa 14:16  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
Isa 14:17  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

All the pomp everyone made of my Dad, that I made of my Dad, was a lie. We wanted to worship him because we did not know Christ. We dreamed of being like this man instead of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, Who did not battle with His fists; Who did not curse and fight like a drunken sailor. Because He was The Strength of His Father, His strength was made IN WEAKNESS, not in what we think is power.

2Co 13:4  For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

1Co 1:25  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

God does not use what we call the powerful in this world for His glory, because if He would, we would claim the glory as ours. We would claim that it was because of this or that reason in us Christ chose to use us. We would never, and never do, give God the glory for what we are, because we believe we are what we are because we have made ourselves what we are.

1Co 1:26  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1Co 1:27  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29  That no flesh should glory in his presence.

This is why we mourn and cry and cut ourselves when people die in the flesh. We try to hold onto some semblance of hope, and we always return to an act of the person that gives us solace in our time of grief. For me, my Dad's water baptism gave me solace.  What a pitiful hope, but that was all Christ had given me at the time. I don't blame anyone or anything, I just thank God that He has given me sight now, and I have a true hope based on a foundation that cannot be shaken;

2Co 5:14  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
2Co 5:15  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Jesus Christ, through weakness, saved all from death, and therefore no one dies. They all sleep and are asleep until He wakes them for their purification. My Dad will be awakened, and it will be as though he had just shut his eyes. The last thing he saw was me holding his hand and the next thing he will see is me holding his hand walking him through his life's purpose. If that does not bring tears of joy, I do not know what will. God is not the monster religion has made Him out to be. He does not, did not, create us, spit us out into the world and say, "Make good choices or I'm going to burn you for all eternity in a literal fiery hell." He did not create the human race to torture 99.99% of it in a literal fiery place called 'hell'. He created us to bring glory to Himself and to bring us joy in what He has done with each and every one of His creatures. The same goes for the Devil and all his angels. Like us, they were created to bring glory to God, and they will bring glory to God in the lake of fire where all truth will be revealed and all glory of man, beast, and spirits will be given to its rightful Creator, Jesus Christ.

We don't have to worry like those who have no hope. We don't have to cut ourselves and make ourselves bald to show how much we loved our dead loved ones. We don't have to put stickers on our car or truck rear windows of the time and day of the birth and death of our loved ones to show the world how much they meant to us. Because they are not dead, they are alive in the heart and mind of God, and He is within us. I use to have endless tears from what I thought was the loss of my Dad, but today they are tears of joy because I KNOW my Dad lives in God's mind and will one day really have a glow around him, for He will have Christ.

Mat 3:13  Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Mat 3:14  But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Mat 3:15  And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
Mat 3:16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mat 3:17  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

The true baptism is the baptism of fire. He will glow because he will be glowing hot from the baptism of fire in the lake of fire that will purify him as shining brass. He will be shown, as we are being shown now, that all he was, was by the hand of the Creator, Who made him all that he was.

Eze 22:19  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
Eze 22:20  As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. 
Eze 22:21  Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.
Eze 22:22  As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you. 

Dan 10:5  Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
Dan 10:6  His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

There are many ways we worship other gods and other false doctrines, and today we are destroying some of them, such as the doctrine of eternal death and eternal hell-fire. Christ dies for all because all were dead and all will be awakened out of their sleep in their order. All will be saved from death, and all will worship God as the Only God and their Creator. We have in the past seen how hair is the type and figure of the glory of God. We have seen that long hair on a woman is given as a type and figure of the glory of the Church coming from her husband, Christ. However, it is a shame for the man to have long hair because long hair, being type and figure of the glory of Christ, does not originate with the man but with Christ. The woman's hair covers the works of the man and gives glory to God Who formed the man and from which the woman was made. Man's long hair covers the works of Christ and in type and figure claims the works of the church as his.

1Co 11:2  Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
1Co 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
1Co 11:4  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
1Co 11:5  But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
1Co 11:6  For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
1Co 11:7  For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
1Co 11:8  For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
1Co 11:9  Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
1Co 11:10  For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
1Co 11:11  Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
1Co 11:12  For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
1Co 11:13  Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
1Co 11:14  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
1Co 11:15  But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

I covered all that about hair to point to our verse today where it says not to make yourself bald, of hair obviously, between your eyes for the dead. Do not throw away the glory of God behind the death of someone because their death "is for the glory of God".

Joh 11:1  Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
Joh 11:2  (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
Joh 11:3  Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
Joh 11:4  When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
Joh 11:5  Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
Joh 11:6  When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
Joh 11:7  Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
Joh 11:8  His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
Joh 11:9  Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? [Is not Christ the foundation of every aion/eon in every life?] If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
Joh 11:10  But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
Joh 11:11  These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
Joh 11:12  Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Joh 11:13  Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
Joh 11:14  Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
Joh 11:15  And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
Joh 11:16  Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
Joh 11:17  Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
Joh 11:18  Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
Joh 11:19  And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
Joh 11:20  Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
Joh 11:21  Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
Joh 11:22  But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
Joh 11:23  Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Joh 11:24  Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Joh 11:26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (and all will believe in Christ in the lake of fire, where they will be resurrected from the second death)
Joh 11:27  She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
Joh 11:28  And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
Joh 11:29  As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
Joh 11:30  Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
Joh 11:31  The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
Joh 11:32  Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
Joh 11:33  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
Joh 11:34  And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
Joh 11:35  Jesus wept.
Joh 11:36  Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
Joh 11:37  And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
Joh 11:38  Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
Joh 11:39  Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
Joh 11:40  Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? [When we believe, we are removing the stone from the door of those who have died; we see that they are not dead but alive in Christ, sleeping until he wakes them.]
Joh 11:41  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
Joh 11:42  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
Joh 11:43  And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
Joh 11:44  And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

It is the glory of God in Christ that raises our loved ones from a cold death in a grave into a life where the blood of Christ courses through their veins while they sleep. Christ's death frees all mankind from death and gives all of mankind life. Remember our scripture, "if One died for all, then were all dead" (1Co 5:14), and if He died for all, then we don't have to throw the glory of God away, make bald between our eyes, when someone dies as though they are lost forever. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living, and all live unto Him.

Luk 20:38  For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Rom 14:7  For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
Rom 14:8  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
Rom 14:9  For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

None of us should to be so crushed by the death of someone that we act as though there is no hope. We are not in Babylon anymore. We have been rescued from her and all her lying doctrines of eternal death. Of all people that walk this earth, we have a hope that cannot be shaken. All will be resurrected, all have been saved from death in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They are sleeping now, they do not know they are alive, but will be raised in the lake of fire where they will be shown Who God is, was and will be. There is no greater message that this gospel of truth. If we are in Christ now, in this eon, we are being resurrected and the second death has no power over us. In the eon of the lake of fire, all will be raised to life and all will be saved from death, the last enemy.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

1Co 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Praise God in Christ for giving us a hope that cannot be destroyed by the false doctrines of any false god or any false religion. We have the truth, and nothing can separate us from it. It is a gift, freely given, not based on works we have done, are doing or will do, but on the predestined plan of God in Christ (Eph 2:9, Rom 8:29, 30, 9:16,). Because we have been united to the Truth, He in us and we in Him and together we are One (Joh 17:21,23), so with this truth we are united to the whole world. We know that all will live and all will be made to see Who Christ is, was and will be. We are not separated from anyone when they go to sleep, because we know they will rise again at the white throne judgment (Rev 20:11-15). From there they will be cast into the lake of fire where they will come to know the truth and the lake of fire will act as a kiln and mold them into the image of their Savior, Jesus Christ. All that they thought about themselves will be burned out (1Co 3:13,14), and they will be remolded by the fire of God's word in our mouth (Jer 18:1-6; Jer 5:14) into the image of their Savior.

Other related posts