Deuteronomy – Deu 14:21 – Part 1 – Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself

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Deu 14:21 – Part 1 – Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself

[Study Aired January 31, 2020]

Deu 14:21  Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

There are three things in this one verse that we will cover and, Lord willing, apply inwardly.

1) “ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself…for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God”.
2) “thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien”.
3) “Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk”.

If I were still in Babylon, this verse would mean absolutely nothing to me. I would read over it as a silly law that the literal Israelites were under, which means nothing to me today. However, because we have the Spirit of Christ living in us, these verses mean a lot to us. We know from scripture that anyone who does not know the truth are dead in trespasses and sins;

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.

We were spiritually dead in relation to knowing God and were by nature created that way. We thought we knew Who God was, yet because we thought we knew or could know, we were dead in sin.

Joh 9:39  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Joh 9:40  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Joh 9:41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Being spiritually blind is the same as being dead. To be dead is to be separated from God, as these verses said. If all the world is dead in the eyes of God,…

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

…created children of wrath, that God might show His power;…

Rom 9:17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

To partake of anything from the dead, in relation to the knowledge of God, is eating something that has died of itself, or naturally, eating from Babylon. We have all spent enough of our time eating from the blind and dead.

Mat 15:14  Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Luk 9:60  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

I used to buy book after book from people I thought could tell me the truth. All those books did was make my head get bigger and my pride swell up. I equate my pride swelling up to a dead body bloating from the gases that build up inside them when they die. The gases from the rotting intestines bloat the whole body, and it begins to stink. This is how God sees Babylon and how He saw me in my religious, self-righteous state. I was swollen in pride, in self-esteem, thinking I knew something and the rest of the world were just stupid. I separated myself, I took the time to study, I worked hard to buy the books, I, I, I – it was all about me. I was a swollen stinking dead body until Christ quickened my dead body, and I was raised from the dead. However, it was not me but Christ in me;

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 [The number 4 communicating the fact that we are not resurrected until we are seen as wholly dead in and of ourselves].
Joh 11:40  Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God [Seeing the glory of God in resurrecting us from a whole state of being dead in Adam and rotting flesh in trespasses]?
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.

This Stone is Christ and we are crushed to powder by seeing there is nothing in the flesh left to offer God. We, as Lazarus, are dead four days, wholly dead and stinking. Then the Stone is taken away, rolled back, and we are remade into the image of Christ.

Luk 20:9  Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen [Our old religious man], and went into a far country for a long time.
Luk 20:10  And at the season he sent a servant [number 1 – unity of hearing of the truth] to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard [giving glory to God for all things and denying freewill]: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.
Luk 20:11  And again he sent another servant [number 2 – witness of the unity of the truth that God is All in all as the first witness]: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.
Luk 20:12  And again he sent a third [number 3 – judgment of the elect, from denying the witness of the unity of the truth that God is All in all]: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.
Luk 20:13  Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son [number 4 – as Lazarus we are now wholly dead in judgment, we have denied the unity of the witness of the truth that God will be All in all, and we have nothing to claim as ours. He has created all things through His Son (Col 1:15-16)]: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.
Luk 20:14  But when the husbandmen [“husbandmen” – plural throughout parable – all the old man’s doctrines that made us what we thought we were and that worship the beast] saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.
Luk 20:15  So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him [This casting him out of the vineyard and killing Christ is the same as the witnesses being overcome in Revelation 11:7-10 by the beast and their death being celebrated – READ]. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?
Luk 20:16  He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid. 
Luk 20:17  And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
Luk 20:18  Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Gal 2:21  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

We were on Aaron’s teachers study the other night, and he brought up the verses about the beam in your own eye;

Mat 7:1  Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Mat 7:2  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Mat 7:3  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:4  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

When Aaron mentioned these verses, I was quickened to look up the word “beam”, and it took me to 1 Kings 7:1-8 where Solomon was building his house for 13 years. The number 13 means rebellion, (See numbers study, link here). The building of the temple was finished in seven years, but not the furnishing of it (1Kg 7:13-51; 2Ch 8:16).  In front of His house he had made a porch of pillars and thick beams. This made me think how I was in rebellion building my own house out of great wooden beams from Babylonian doctrines. I thought I was building something grand that was supported by the great “beams” of the past like Calvin, Luther, Bonner and the like. However, they were blind leaders of the blind, and I was eating those things that died of themselves and that were not crushed to death by the Stone, Jesus Christ. They and I were not crucified with Christ. I had made a doctrine of devils that said I was seeing truth when I was still dead in the sin of self-righteousness. I was a bloated dead body and did not know I was dead. At the end of that study of Aaron’s, a sister added this verse to what had been said about those verses.

Psa 127:1  A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

This really encapsulated the thought. Unless the LORD’s house is built for us to dwell, we are spending thirteen symbolic years of rebellion building our own house and a house for Pharaoh’s daughter to live in, Babylon. The same is true about the husbandmen of the vineyard.

1Ki 7:1  But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.
1Ki 7:2  He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.
1Ki 7:3  And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.
1Ki 7:4  And there were windows in three rows, and light was against light in three ranks.
1Ki 7:5  And all the doors and posts were square, with the windows: and light was against light in three ranks.
1Ki 7:6  And he made a porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch was before them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were before them.
1Ki 7:7  Then he made a porch for the throne where he might judge, even the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar from one side of the floor to the other.
1Ki 7:8  And his house where he dwelt had another court within the porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto this porch. 
1Ki 7:9  All these were of costly stones, according to the measures of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward the great court.
1Ki 7:10  And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.

We spend years building our house, but as Psalms 127:1 says, unless the LORD builds it, we have laboured in vain. Then we are told that, as Solomon’s temple was destroyed, so each stone we have ever laid must be crushed to powder.

Mat 24:1  And Jesus went out, and departed 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.

We build the doctrines of Babylon, and these great doctrinal beams are what we see through and are what we use to try and remove splinter doctrines we think are wrong from others’ eyes. Here we are blinded by this great doctrinal beam in front of our own eyes, free moral agency, and we are trying to remove a splinter doctrine from others’ eyes. This is the same thing as eating things that have died of themselves. I spent years eating the doctrines of those who had great beams in their eyes, and I never got fed. All they had to offer was rotting flesh. The elect are a holy people unto God. We are chosen and elected to eat only that which comes from Christ.

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.
Deu 14:3  Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
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.

Christ has built our house. and that house is His own body. We are being built up into that very body by the Carpenter, Jesus Christ.

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Mat 13:55  Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

We have a house that is built by God, and that house is the body of Christ.

2Co 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 
2Co 5:2  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
2Co 5:3  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
2Co 5:5  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
2Co 5:6  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
2Co 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight):
2Co 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
2Co 5:9  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
2Co 5:10  For we must all appear [G5683-Aorist tense- an on going appearing by Christ shinning inwardly on our lives, so that we are not judged with the world at the great white throne judgement] before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Let’s read this last verse in another translation that better brings out the truth of how this verse is applied inwardly now.

2Co 5:10  For, we all, must needs be made manifest before the judgment seat of the Christ, that each one may get back the things done by means of the body, according to the things which he practised, whether good or corrupt. (Rotherham)

This translation brings out the truth of how we, the body of Christ, are enlightened to the things we do, whether they are good for the body or bad for the body. When we gather together, eating of the clean things that have been crucified with Christ, we are taught what is acceptable and what is not acceptable worship of Christ. We are taught what are good and holy things for growth into the body, and at the same time we are taught what is bad. Bad is what is false doctrine and unclean to eat because it was either uncloven, did not chew the cud, or died of itself; all being some kind of false doctrine. Dying of itself is exactly that; forming a doctrine that seemingly says that we have the power, independently from God, to make freewill choices to die to ourselves or not die unto ourselves.

“Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God”.

There have been many doctrines put forth in this world which have without question helped innumerable amounts of people down through the ages. Doctrinal beliefs have helped people off drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, poor marriage, problems with children, health issues, and things that help people be better fleshly people to one another. One of the nicest men I ever knew and admired as a good person was a Seventh Day Adventist.

Yet all these doctrines, although good for the flesh and seemingly helping others are a stench in the nose of God, as a rotting corpse, as far as making a person come to the knowledge of truth. It is undeniable that many people are helped and changed by religion in their lives. Yet as far as coming to TRUTH about God, they are just as far off or further off from knowing God. This is what is meant about eating anything that has died of itself. We know that nothing actually “dies of itself” , because whatever way the animal died it was planned and carried out by the hand of God.

Job 34:14  If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
Job 34:15  All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.

The point is, whatever seemingly dies of itself should not be consumed, but again we know nothing dies of itself;

Mat 10:29  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
Mat 10:30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Mat 10:31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Something dies because God has predestined the way it will die. If it dies from the cold, heat, gunshot, roadkill, or disease, it was meant to be for that time and place. It is the same for us as humans. We die at the exact time God had destined we physically die. The healthiest person in the world will die when God has destined he dies and not a minute later or sooner. There was a man on tv for years on the nightly news where we lived, and all he talked about was eating right; fruits and vegetables. Well, he dropped dead on the street at 59 from a massive heart attack.

On the other hand, I knew a man name “Trotty”, who lived until 102, smoked and drank daily, then died in a car wreck seven years after the state took his license because they felt he could not see well enough to drive any longer. Both of these men died exactly when and where God had predestined they die.

I’m not advocating eat, drink, be merry, but I am saying that there is a time and place when we are destined to die and nothing can stop that time. Saying all this is to say that nothing dies of itself. Our lesson today is focused on the dead doctrines we lived off for years. We are a chosen people of God, and all we are to eat is what God has killed. In other words, if we start eating right, living healthy lives, then it was because our Creator has so destined it, and to Him we should give thanks for moving us to do what we do.

He killed our rebellious spirit. It did not die of itself. We are to give God the Father all credit for all things He has created through His image, Jesus Christ. We are to take no credit for the smallest action of any kind because our Creator is responsible for all things, past, present and things to come.

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Any doctrine, no matter how good for the flesh, if it gives credit to your flesh to accomplish something independent from the Creator, do not eat it as it is an abomination. If we were to examine what it means to die to self, to be crucified daily, we would see that it goes deeper than we have ever considered. I will close with a parable with which we are all familiar and which brings out our subject of dying to self;

Luk 18:9  And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Luk 18:10  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Luk 18:12  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 
Luk 18:13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Luk 18:14  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

If at any time in our life we look down on others we are this Pharisee. When we are given to see that whatever we are we are by the grace of God, we are given to be that publican. seeing yourself as totally void of anything good, in and of yourself is the best place to be in the eyes of God. Remember we are created, void and in darkness.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning [our beginning] God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2  And the earth [Jer 22:29 “O earth, earth, earth…”] was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

We are created void of the knowledge of truth and darkness is upon the face/surface of what we see in our deep sleep. We know nothing about Who our Creator is, was and will be until He, God, says;

“Let there be light: and there was light”

When that LIGHT, Christ, is given to us, we see what we were predestined to see, and God is glorified for all that He has done. We then see we have been eating things that died of themselves, and they were an abomination to God. Next week, LORD willing, we will cover the second part of the three parts of this verse.

“Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien”

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