Deuteronomy – Deu 16:21-22 Thou Shalt not Plant Thee a Grove…Near Unto the Altar of the LORD thy God

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Deu 16:21-22 Thou Shalt not Plant Thee a Grove…Near Unto the Altar of the LORD thy God

[Study Aired July 10, 2020]

Deu 16:21  Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.
Deu 16:22  Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the LORD thy God hateth.

What does planting tree groves near the altar of the LORD and setting up images have to do with being officers and judges in our gates after being taught about the passover, the feast of weeks and the feast of tabernacles in our previous studies? It is very simple. Men are trees, and a tree in the image of a man is an idol.

Mar 8:24  And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

When we are not seeing clearly, as this man experienced, we can be standing next to Christ and still see men.

When we set up ourselves as knowing what we know because of our own free will, we have set up a grove and an idol near Christ. The word “grove” in Deu 16:21 is defined as:

H842
אֲשֵׁירָה    אֲשֵׁרָה
‘ăshêrâh    ‘ăshêyrâh
ash-ay-raw’, ash-ay-raw’
From H833; happy; asherah (or Astarte) a Phoenician goddess; also an image of the same: – grove. Compare H6253.
Total KJV occurrences: 40

This is what we know today as ‘brick and mortar’ churches, mosques and cathedrals. They are buildings that are erected to Babylon the great, the mother of all harlots.

Rev 17:5  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Babylon is “Asherah” the Phoenician goddess of the old testament, and setting up any image of her in your heart near the altar of Christ is an abomination to God. Setting up, building a so-called church, in the image of what we have been taught in Babylon, is planting a grove near the altar. This setting up of groves is the worship of Ashtoreth, which is defined as:

H6253
עַשְׁתֹּרֶת
‛ashtôreth
ash-to’-reth
Probably for H6251; Ashtoreth, the Phoenician goddess of love (and increase): – Ashtoreth.
Total KJV occurrences: 3

This name comes from the idea of “increase”.

H6251
עַשְׁתְּרָה
‛ashterâh
ash-ter-aw’
Probably from H6238; increase: – flock.
Total KJV occurrences: 4

Putting these names together from their root, we learn that the idea of Ashtoreth is that she is the beginning of all increase in our lives, from the false doctrine of free will. When we put her doctrine near the doctrine of Christ, we are setting up the abomination that causes desolation. From these groves we are worshiping Babylon.

Deu 7:1  When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
Deu 7:2  And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
Deu 7:3  Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
Deu 7:4  For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
Deu 7:5  But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.
Deu 7:6  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

Applying these verses inwardly, we must understand that we cannot put anything we believe as being from our works next to the altar of Christ. Anything we believe comes from us, separately and independently from God as the Creator, is a form of worship of Ashtoreth.

2Ki 23:13  And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.

1Ki 11:33  Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

1Ki 11:4  For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
1Ki 11:5  For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
1Ki 11:6  And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.

Having these truths established by scripture, we must see just how deep this Ashtoreth doctrine is within us. As we were told in Deuteronomy 7, we must “destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire” by the truth in Christ.

Php 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Php 2:4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [This verse tells us that men are servants, not free will beings]
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man [The fashion of a man is a servant, a slave], he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Php 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

Why did God exalt Jesus Christ? Because Christ humbled Himself and made Himself of no reputation and was fashioned “as a man” – a slave – “was made in the likeness of men” – a slave. Why did Jesus Christ never sin in a outward manifestation of sin? Because He never exalted Himself to be a god independently and separately from the God. He knew that even His words were from God the Father and that He was a servant, not a free will individual separately and independently from His Creator. He knew His very life was created to glorify His Father and that He was not His own creator, in thought, in word or in deed. There was no “grove” planted near His altar, His place of worship.

Joh 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Joh 5:30  I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
Joh 5:31  If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

What was the focus of Paul’s words in Philippians 2:12? Was it the works? Was it working out our salvation? It was neither one. The object of verse 12 was “fear and trembling”. The Apostle Paul was telling us that it is God working in us both to will and to, therefore we should be in fear and trembling and as Christ did, see ourselves as having NO REPUTATION, nothing to take credit for, even though we are sons of God.  We are not working out our salvation in and of ourselves, but that the work we should be doing is “fear and trembling”.  It is God, not us, working in us to bring about His will through His works. This is fear and trembling, knowing we have nothing to offer God, and we are not independent, free-will agents.

1Ch 29:12  Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
1Ch 29:13  Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
1Ch 29:14  But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.

1Co 9:27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Is the Apostle Paul telling us that we should do all things possible to bring our flesh into subjection, through religious practices, self-control, whatever means to make sure the flesh does not sin?  To what is the Apostle Paul bringing his body into subjection? We will all immediately say, “Christ”, and we would be correct. However, in what way are we to bring this body into “subjection”? What’s the formula? Make sure we don’t watch filthy shows? Don’t hang around the wrong crowd? Don’t cuss? Don’t over drink? Are these the formula or beginning of the formula?  Buddhists do that. Catholics do that. Muslims do that. The 40,000 denominations of Christianity do that. So, again what’s the formula? Again I ask, to what are we to bring our flesh in subjection? The answer is to God in Christ as the Author and Finisher of all things. We say, “Well of course, that’s obvious.” Do we really believe that? Do we believe that God killed 850,000 people in one swipe in the earthquake of 1556 in Shaanxi China? Do we believe that it was God or a natural occurrence of nature and those people just had bad luck living in that area at the time? What about the 50,000 plus people who died on an Indonesian island called Sumbawa in 1815? Who killed them – bad luck or God?  What caused me to do all my good deeds to my fellow humans in my life, me or God? What caused me to do all my evil deeds to my fellow humans, me or God. If you say ‘me’ because of free will, then I have chosen to do evil or good independently and separately from God, and that MAKES ME A GOD, independently and separately from God. If all those people who died from the earthquakes and volcanoes died because of “CHANCE”, then there is not an all-powerful God, and we are all our own gods with limited power. Now, there is not ONE religion in the world that exists, or has existed, that says that God is ALL SUPREME over all events, over all people, over all creatures, over all weather, over all earthquakes, over all volcanoes, over all things, good and evil, that have ever occurred, is occurring while we speak or will occur in the future. There is only one people who have, are and will confess what Christ confessed, “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that DWELLS in me, He does the works,” and that is Christ. Although they will be equal to Christ in ruling over the nations, as Christ is equal to His Father and ruling over His people,  this group of people does not exalt themselves as existing outside of Christ. They know they are servants, sent by their God and Creator, and all that they do is from the hand of their Creator for the purpose of glorifying the Creator.

Gen 41:40  Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

Mat 19:28  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

We are humbled by the very spirit which causes the elect to confess that they are the sons of God and will rule for a thousand years with Christ. Knowing who you are in Christ should humble you and make you reverence God in fear and trembling, as Apostle Paul said, and not go immediately to “working out” our salvation by our own power. Why did he say that? Because, “IT IS GOD WHICH WORKS IN YOU BOTH to will and to DO of His good pleasure.” What do we think the man of sin is?  He is any man who believes he can will and do from some goodness in himself.

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, shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Who literally murdered the physical body of Jesus Christ? We are all guilty of the death of Christ, but I’m speaking of the literal event 2000 years ago. We know that it is our kings within us and and our people within us who are responsible for His death, but I’m speaking literally to bring out a point.

Act 4:26  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
Act 4:27  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

Why did they kill Him?

Mar 15:10  For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.

Mat 27:18  For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

ENVY

 
What is envy?

G5355
φθόνος
phthonos
fthon’-os
Probably akin to the base of G5351; ill will (as detraction), that is, jealousy (spite): – envy.
Total KJV occurrences: 9

Here is this word “envy” and how it applies to us, if we abide in Christ, and why we get or do not get what we ask for.

Jas 4:3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world [friend of your world inwardly, first] is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. [A friend of your world is an enemy of God.]
Jas 4:5  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  [When we are a friend of our world we are an enemy of God! This friendship with the world is building groves near the altar.]
Jas 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. [Remember our verse from Php 2:12, 13  about fear and trembling, knowing that it is God Who is working the asking, the praying, the words of our mouth, and the very will to do these things come from God Himself.]
Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God [Where do we get the ability to submit?]. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [Where do we get the power, the very idea to resist the Devil, who wants us to take credit for our deeds, good and evil? (Pro 16:1-3)]
Jas 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. [To whom is the Apostle James speaking? You and me. We are being warned against double-mindedness; thinking that we have a good will to resist sin, independently and separately from the Creator, Who creates that very will, when the very idea of having a will separate from the Creator is sin itself. It is doublemindedness. We have been turned over by God to Satan to be instilled with these abominable thoughts from our Creator through wicked powers in our heavens. (Eph 6:12)]
Jas 4:9  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

How do we “humble” OURSELVES like Christ did?

Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

We are given the truth from God about the state of our flesh, being servants, slaves and the utter helplessness of it, that we are the man of sin, who believes he can exalt his throne above the stars of God. Then we are given the truth that it is God working in us both to will and to do His pleasure. From that spot we are (in aorist tense) given daily truth that all things are created by Christ and by Him all things consist…IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. I must ask myself, and I literally do, why is the first thought that comes to my mind when I am told I am chosen and elected in Christ, “Yeah, but you can’t just go on sinning!” Why did Apostle Paul say…?

Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

Right after he said…

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Why did he say that, and to what sin was he alluding? For that we must go back to Genesis 3:5.

Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Gen 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

This is the crux of the matter and is why Apostle Paul brings it out in Romans 5. Remember that the man of sin, created by the thought given by the serpent, by the permission of the Creator, does not want to believe in faith because faith takes the works from him and exalts Christ, not the man. The man wants the glory for “working out” HIS SALVATION, and faith robs him of that very glory. He does not want a free gift, he wants to be rewarded for the working out of his own salvation.

If we are given to see the truth of our hearts, then we will identify with these statements and see the religious man twisting and turning because his thoughts of free will and being a good man FOR Christ are shrinking away. We are starting to see that we are slaves, and a slave has no will to do or not to do of his own choosing (1Co 7:21-22).

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Faith takes away the man of sin’s power to want to work, and is why the Jews hated Christ so much. By Christ breaking the sabbath He destroyed their works of the flesh that justified them in their own hearts. They hated Him because they were jealous of Him, for He could do the works of God because He was one with God by faith. They were thinking they were one with God by their works of the law in the flesh, and that thought is the original sin.

Rom 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

One man, one sin and by that one sin, death passes UPON all mankind. Why? Why did it have to pass onto all mankind? Because the thought that we have free will is passed on to each of us from birth, and we are born with that spirit which says, “You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” That one sin is the root of wormwood that embitters all that we do.  Even though all that we do is from a root of bitterness, it is still fulfilling the plan of God.

Rom 5:18  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Rom 5:19  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

The law entered, the law of the flesh given to Moses by God to give to the people, that sin would get worse. We would see we had sin, and that sin could not hide itself, because where no law is there is no transgression, so if there is a law, there there is sin.

Rom 5:13  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Rom 5:14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Rom 5:15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Rom 5:16  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Rom 5:17  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

The law brings out our sinful nature. It brings out whether we truly believe that if the law says not to steal, we won’t steal. However, the law of the spirit goes further than that. It says if you lust after your neighbor’s possessions, then you have stolen in your heart and thereby broken the law. Death comes from sin because we are sin. Our very makeup is sin. We are unclean beasts from birth but believe we are clean. When we get religion we have two horns like a lamb, but when we speak we speak like a dragon, and a dragon speaks about himself. We lie, cheat and steal from God in every aspect of life and don’t even know we are doing it; so much so, that when we are given the truth, our first response is…”Well, you can’t just go on sinning.” That statement puts you right back under the law because we are sin in the flesh, and the flesh IS SIN, not just commits acts of sin, but IS SIN. That statement leads you to believe that you can stop sinning, when you are sin, and therein lies false religion. Therein lies the grove and worship of Ashtoreth.  We can justify that statement and say, “Well, it means you don’t go on living in sin.” That only colors it up more because we just read that ONE ACT of sin ruined it all, so what does living in sin mean when we are in sinful flesh? If I don’t sin today, does that mean I’m not a sinner today? Does it mean if I sin today, then today I am a sinner, but tomorrow I might not be? We just read that by one act we became sinners. We are shown what we were from birth, what we are now, and what we will be in the future in the flesh. The flesh will always be a sinner, and there is no way out from under that fact. If the flesh could stop being a sinner then “flesh and blood COULD ENTER the kingdom of God”. However, the flesh cannot stop being sin and therefore cannot and will not ever enter the kingdom of God.

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Shall we then continue in sin that grace may abound? With the knowledge of this truth, if in fact we have this knowledge, should we be left in the condition we have been shown we are? Absolutely not! God has shown us this condition for the purpose of freeing us from it, by making the slave a free man and the free man a slave.

Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

We read these verses above as if Apostle Paul is asking, “Okay, now that we have this knowledge that we are all sin in Adam, shall we just go on sinning in the flesh so that God’s goodness will continue to abound over us?” We read it as if Apostle Paul is putting it back on our shoulders when he just established that we have no control over it in the first place. Why would he then put it back on us and tell us we have to stop sinning in the flesh, when the flesh is sin? That is not what he is saying. He is telling us that God is not going to leave us in that condition. He is telling us that we are baptized in Christ and will be, not might be, raised a new creation. As the flood waters covered the entire earth and destroyed it because “every imagination of man was evil”, we are the earth, so we are covered in the water of THE WORD, the words of Christ. As the flood waters rose over the entire earth and everything was killed…BY GOD…not man…so THE WORD of Christ is covering our entire earth and killing everything in us. As the flood waters “abated” and a new earth appeared….BY GOD…NOT MAN….so a new earth will grow from the work of God in Christ in our lives. we don’t have to will it or worry about it; it is a promise by God to us, as His people.

Gen 7:19  And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

All the power that sin had in our first earth, the high hills, is being covered. Everything we ever thought we were is being covered by the flood of the water of God’s word; every power we ever thought we had. From that death of our earth comes a new earth and the new powers created by God in our new man, and they begin to appear, rise up out of the waters of the Word, in the symbolic form of mountains, which represent powers.

Gen 8:5  And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. 

Take those thoughts and transfer them to what is said here:

Rom 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

The flood represented the baptism we would go through as the elect of God, who are represented by the eight people in the ark, which ark is a typification of Christ. We are the new man in Christ, we are the eight, the number symbolizing the new man and the ark symbolizing Christ. Our new man will rise from the earth and replenish it as Christ.

Gen 8:15  And God spake unto Noah, saying,
Gen 8:16  Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
Gen 8:17  Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

Gen 9:1  And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

God said, “Go forth.” God said, “Be fruitful and multiply.” I don’t will it. The very God that spoke us into existence in the first earth is speaking us into existence in the second earth. IF YOU BELIEVE! If you and I are given to believe it, then all that we were, was spoken into existence by God, and that same voice is speaking us into existence now. 

Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: [There is (no maybe) – shall be resurrected, shall rise out of the waters as new powers, new creations from the death of the old creation.]

Therein lies the quandary. IF! Our words expose us if we believe this or not. It is what comes out of us that exposes who we are and what we really believe.

Mat 15:16  And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
Mat 15:17  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
Mat 15:18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Mat 15:19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: [against God]
Mat 15:20  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

To eat with unwashen hands is the description of Lazarus laying at the gate, FULL OF SORES [Luk 16:20-21]. Those sores represent the sin we see in our lives, the way we see our flesh, because we are baptized in the water of the word. I remember a Pastor telling me that we could not worship God if we had any sin in our lives. He said that God was so pure that He could not look upon us if we had sin in our lives of ANY KIND. What this pastor did not understand is that the flesh is sin and is full of sores. It is exactly opposite of what this demonic spirit in this man was sent to tell me and caused me for years to cover my sin and not to go to God. The law was sent to bring out sin, and from that knowledge create a new heart that would bow to the Creator for a new creation.

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified [G5681-aorist] with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed [G5686-aorist], that henceforth we should not serve sin. [G5721-present]
Rom 6:7  For he that is dead [G5631 (aorist) dying] is freed [G5769 (perfect tense)] from sin.

Our old creation is being slowly submerged in the water of the word and dying to the carnal mind. As the water covers the carnal mind it kills it, and then a new creation is formed and rises out of the water in the Ark, with the mind of Christ, freed (in perfect tense) in that area which has died. This process goes on and on until the whole of our earth is submerged, which will be the literal death of the flesh. From that rises a new man and a new earth that will then be sent out to replenish the earth. This all remains true if we are given to believe it.

Rom 6:8  NowG1161 ifG1487 we be deadG599 [G5627] withG4862 ChristG5547, we believeG4100 [G5719] thatG3754 we shallG4800 alsoG2532 liveG4800 [G5692] with himG846:

Look at the layout of the tenses. If we believe we are dying with Christ, then we are presently believing that we shall in the future be resurrected with him. The sin nature of believing that I can have the power independently from the Creator to work myself toward God by a free-will choice to stop sinning or to start doing good no longer has dominion over me. It cannot presently make me react toward God the way it used to do. It is daily losing its dominion over my heavens and no longer making me build groves to the goddess Ashtoreth, known to us as Babylon. Daily we are tearing down her groves and idols as king Josiah did and worshipping God only over the altar.

2Ki 23:13  And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the [Mat 24:15] Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.
2Ki 23:14  And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.

We are King Josiah in type and figure. We are being placed as king at 8 years old because the number 8 represents the new man.

2Ki 22:1  Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
2Ki 22:2  And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.

This is us when we are given to see the truth of who we are in Christ and what the resurrection really means.

Rom 6:9  Knowing that Christ being raised [G5685-aorist] from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over [G5719-present] him.
Rom 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we are given to know what we are in the flesh [Gen 6:5] by the baptism of the word, then we begin our resurrection, slowly rising from the waters a new man, knowing that in the future we shall rise in completion with Christ, united to Him as His body. The sting of death, because of sin, has lost its dominion over us, lost its power, because we no longer believe what the law has said about us in the flesh but believe that we will be resurrected with Christ.

Sin

The sin of believing I have a power within myself to make myself good or evil has LOST ITS DOMINION OVER ME. I am no longer its slave. This truth will be tested and tried so that those who are approved will be made manifest to the body.

Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

The world of religion believes that if we FALL into temptations, then we are not following God in truth. Religion teaches us that sins of the flesh, which are fruits of the sin of self-righteousness that has had dominion over us, keep us from God and their teachers do not understand that those temptations are sent by God through His hand to try us and to mold us into the image of His Son. They do not understand that sins of the flesh are fruits of what we are in the flesh; that all men are created equally as sinful as their neighbor. One may just manifest it more than the other, but all are created from the same lump of clay, Adam.

Religion tells us that if we are in Christ we will not live in sin when we are in a sinful body, because what they call sin and what God calls sin are two different things. Like eating with unwashen hands – What are we to get out of eating with unwashen hands? Is it just the literal unwashed hands God is telling us about, or is it a symbol of something else? Obviously it’s something else. To eat with unwashen hands is the religious way of saying you must be totally clean to worship God, that, as that pastor told me, I could not even approach God if I wasn’t pure in and of myself. I do not know one person who eats with unwashen hands, not one, because we are all eating while still in these sinful bodies. It is whether we are still eating as Lazarus or as the rich man.

Mat 15:1  Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
Mat 15:2  Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

Mat 15:8  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Mat 15:9  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mat 15:10  And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:
Mat 15:11  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

“That which comes out of the mouth” defiles us, because out of our mouth comes evil thoughts of free will and of free moral agency. These murderous thoughts spew from our defiled heart, and we judge the world around us as garbage, as trash, and see ourselves as better than them. We see ourselves as having the moral turpitude to be what we are, and others do not care like we do so they corrupt themselves with sins of the flesh. They cannot see that they are the rich man and others are Lazarus.

Mat 21:31  Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

It is the publican and harlots in us that the law exposes and uses to drive us to the feet of Christ, therefore it is these sins of the flesh which God uses to drag us to the kingdom of God. However, our religious man cannot go where the sinners go, because they stand outside saying they are better than the sinner. I have spent all this time explaining what the sin of self-righteousness means and why we have sins of the flesh to get to these next three verses. The foundation has been laid showing that self-righteousness is the sin which produces sins of the flesh. It is the root of the tree that produces fruit.

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophetswhich come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. [He didn’t say “beware of gamblers” or thieves, but false prophets, who APPEAR, and they do APPEAR as sheep, but are wolves with flesh glorifying doctrines.]
Mat 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? [Do we gather good fruit from our sinful flesh as they try and tell us? Do we say that all things come from God and we do not have freewill, or do we say, “You can’t just go on sinning” as if you have a choice in the matter to be good or evil.]
Mat 7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. [What is the good fruit? That all that we are comes from God, that He and He alone is the Creator of what I am, no one has a choice.]
Mat 7:18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Now our next 3 verses:

Rom 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom 6:13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

If we are given over to the sin of self-righteousness, and it has dominion over us, then we will think we have to do religious acts to make up for a sin of the flesh we believe we have created on our own, by our own free will. We will be right back in the groves worshipping Ashtoreth. The sin of self-righteousness, from which all other sins of the flesh proceed, cannot have dominion over the person being resurrected because they know that sins of the flesh manifest to expose the sin of self-righteousness. The fruits of flesh, lying, stealing, murder, adultery all come from one root, the sin of self-righteousness. These sins of the flesh manifest when we are given to lean to our own understanding, and this sin is exposed.

We begin to manifest less sins of the flesh when we are given to see ourselves equal to all others in the flesh and that they are in the same condition. Having that knowledge allows us to be merciful to them, and in being merciful to them we are given dominion over sins of the flesh. Look at all people in history that have manifested the greatest sins, and they all have one common denominator; they all said they were either God themselves, or Christ, or a god separate from the One and Only God. Hitler, Charles Manson, Mao Tse-tung and people like Jim Jones. All these people exhibited the same denominator; they said they were God, separate from the true God. These examples were manifested for the purpose of showing us all what we are. What they were, so are we. No one is immune from this condition. All of these examples also dealt with their sin in the same manner, to put it off on others and kill them physically to atone for what they believed were less human than themselves. They saw others as worse sinners than themselves and therefore needed to exterminate them to rid the world of them to make the world a better place. We are given over to let this sin have dominion over us, to move us to do religious acts to make up for a short fall we believe we have committed. Sin cannot reign over us if we are in Christ because we know that the sins of the flesh are fruit of what God is showing us about our heart. It is a method which God uses to recreate us into His image. When we are led by false doctrine in our hearts to do religious acts to make up for sins of the flesh, we are yielding our members as instruments of unrighteousness unto the sin of self-righteousness. Let’s read them again.

Rom 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom 6:13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Sin reigned in the members of the literal Pharisees because they were under the law, and because they were under the law they had to kill the evil they perceived by the law as evil, Jesus Christ. They envied the fact that He lived a better life than they did and people were attracted to Him, but they saw Him as drawing the people away to sin more, to break the law, therefore He had to die.

Joh 12:19  The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

Rom 6:15  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
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?

Shall we be in sin because we are not trying to establish our own righteousness by the law and instead are being chastened by Christ to forsake ungodliness, which is self-righteousness? Because we are being chastened by sins of the flesh to forsake the sin of self-righteousness, does that make us sinners? If we are given to yield our members as instruments of Babylonian doctrine, then we are slaves to Babylon. If we are given to see all things are created by Christ and for Christ and by Him do all things consist, then we are given to be obedient unto righteousness, the righteousness of Christ.

Rom 6:17  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Being made free from the bondage of the Jerusalem from beneath the heavens, Babylon, we have been given to be obedient to the Jerusalem from above. We are given to be obedient to the doctrine of Christ that is given to us to free us from the bondage of the slavery in Babylon, where we were enslaved and never knew it.

Rom 6:19  I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded [G5656-aorist] your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield [G5657-aorist] your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

The process of yielding our members to INIQUITY (self-righteousness – Eze 33:13) to yielding our members servants to righteousness is in the aorist tense. It is the process of exposing the man of sin and the process of Christ destroying him by the light of His word. It IS NOT A ONE TIME ACT in a ten-second sinner’s prayer, but a lifetime of being dragged to the truth through many chastening trials from the hand of the Creator. It is not a lifetime of good things, full of fleshly pleasures, but a lifetime of sorrow and sacrifice. We should denounce all Babylonian doctrine because those doctrines are shameful and dishonoring to the altar, therefore we should not ever plant a grove next to the altar. We should never mix the truth with a lie of Babylon, because we are being delivered from the dominion of that sin daily so it no longer has dominion over us.

Rom 6:20  For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

As long as we mix the doctrines of Babylon with the doctrine of Christ we are FREE from the righteousness of Christ.
Rom 6:21  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

We have no fruit unto God as long as we are worshipping God through a grove of Ashteroth, and we should be ashamed of thinking we can perform acts of righteousness separately and independently from God.

Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We have the fruit of righteousness when we are given to believe the doctrine of Christ and we have become servants of God, because we have been given to see that all things are created by God through Christ and by Him all things consist. The wage we receive when we attempt to worship God through acts of the flesh is death. The wage we receive when we worship God through the creation of Christ in us through chastening is life from the dead worship of Babylon. In worshipping God in truth, we are given freedom from the works of the flesh, because as we are given truth in our lives, the fruits of the flesh are taken away by Him Who gave them. They cease to exist because the tree they came from is dying daily. They no longer consist because the Creator of that tree has removed it!

Dan 4:20  The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;
Dan 4:21  Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:
Dan 4:22  It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.
Dan 4:23  And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;
Dan 4:24  This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:
Dan 4:25  That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

These are the fruits of unrighteousness and the end product of worshipping God through doctrines of Ashtoreth. The fruits of righteousness that come from worshipping God in truth are in verse 25 above and 35 below.

Dan 4:34  And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
Dan 4:35  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

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