Deuteronomy – Deu 17:8-13 According to the Judgment Which They Shall Tell Thee, Thou Shalt Do”

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Deuteronomy 17:8-13 According to the Judgment Which They Shall Tell Thee, Thou Shalt Do

[Study Aired July 24, 2020]

Deu 17:8  If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose; 
Deu 17:9  And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment: 
Deu 17:10  And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee: 
Deu 17:11  According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left. 
Deu 17:12  And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel. 
Deu 17:13  And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously. 

These verses are written for the natural understanding of how the judgment of God is to be seen between man and man and is how we have come to know our country’s judicial system. In the United States we have a line of court systems that start off at the lowest courts and go all the way to the United States supreme court. In the lower courts events such as a minor traffic ticket are decided, then all the way to the supreme court, matters are decided that the lower courts could not decide. Let’s take that thought and go inside the heart of mankind, inside the continual dispute between the man of sin and the new man. In verse 8 it uses three terms we need to understand before we can continue – “between blood and blood, between plea and plea and between stroke and stroke.”

(1) “blood and blood” simply means the spilling of blood causing death. Here is the definition for the word blood:

H1818
דָּם
dâm
dawm
From H1826 (compare H119); blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (that is, drops of blood): – blood (-y, -guiltiness, [-thirsty]), + innocent.
Total KJV occurrences: 359

(2) “plea against plea” simply means the judgment of such matters in “blood against blood”, and here is that definition:

H1779
דּוּן    דִּין
dı̂yn    dûn
deen, doon
From H1777; judgment (the suit, justice, sentence or tribunal); by implication also strife: – cause, judgment, plea, strife.
Total KJV occurrences: 20

(3) “stroke against stroke” means the punishment handed out to the person or situation wherein blood was spilt.

H5061
נֶגַע
nega‛
neh’-gah
From H5060; a blow (figuratively infliction); also (by implication) a spot (concretely a leprous person or dress): – plague, sore, stricken, stripe, stroke, wound.
Total KJV occurrences: 78

Let’s start off with the agreement that our Supreme Judge is God Himself. He knows the heart of all because He has made them what they are or what they are not. Having said that, let’s read a parable about this very truth.

Luk 12:4  And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
Luk 12:5  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell [Greek: Gehenna-G1067]; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Luk 12:6  Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
Luk 12:7  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

What this parable should first tell us is that, “It is God Who does all killing.” Not only does He do the killing, but He is the One who, after He has killed you, then casts you into Gehenna fire, the lake of fire, where you will be purified in judgment by the very fire of His word that initially killed you physically. That and that alone should have us all in fear and trembling and thankfulness that He has chosen us to go through the fire now in this life called “hades” (G86), not Gehenna, because Gehenna is the lake of fire. The fire of God’s word chastens us to deny ungodliness. When the scriptures say ungodliness, they means ANY thought or action where you believe you have thought or acted independently and separately from the Creator of that thought or action. This is what godliness means.

Pro 16:1  The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Pro 16:4  The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

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.

Isa 45:6  That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

When we are struggling with a matter within us, we must first start off with these verses and ones like them. They are the foundations to the doctrine of Christ that He and He alone is the Creator of all things. The struggle we have is not a physical struggle but a spiritual struggle.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

These powers and principalities are sent to buffet us, to train us up in the fact that we are wrestling against the carnal mind which is led by the spiritual wickedness on high in our minds. It is here in our minds that we wrestle, because it is here the spiritual powers speak the false doctrines secretly to us. They whisper the demonic words of lies and say that we are our own gods, that we don’t need God for everything, that our sin is exactly that – ours – and we can clean up ourselves. This spiritual battle between the old man and new man is intense and violent because the old man murders Christ and His doctrine.

Recently I spoke the truth to a man who was emailing me for awhile, asking me questions about these thoughts. He responded in an angry letter saying that I was deceived, and he felt sorry for me. This was an evil spirit sent by God to try me, but I was given to recognize him immediately and not respond back. In this trial all the pieces of our verses played out. There was a murder; this man murdered Christ and His doctrine in me, the judgment was handed down, and the sentence was established.

Deu 17:8  If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;
Deu 17:9  And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:
Deu 17:10  And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee:
Deu 17:11  According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.
Deu 17:12  And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.
Deu 17:13  And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

There is a place that The LORD has consecrated as holy, called the holy place. In this holy place, He has chosen to place His name. That holy place is the focus point of the kingdom of God and that place is inside us.

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

From this holy place we are given the commandments of God, the law of God.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

We are told to go to the place where He has chosen, hear the judgment of the Priest, Levite and Judge. Then we are told that whatever the Priest, Levite or Judge has commanded, we do, go and do. Do not deviate from that judgment or you will die. So, what are we to understand inwardly about these words. We have just seen that the place He has chosen is in us, and Christ is the Priest and Judge who represents the whole of the levitical system in type and figure. He did not come through the line of Levi but through the line of Judah.

Heb 7:11  If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Heb 7:13  For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
Heb 7:14  For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

We know that, according to the law of the flesh, the priest had to come from the lineage of Levi and specifically Aaron.

Num 1:48  For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying,
Num 1:49  Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:
Num 1:50  But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

Heb 7:11  If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

Christ represents the Priest, the Levite and the Judge of the new covenant given to us from a new place He has chosen. That new place, that holy place, is in our hearts. It is not in our heads, but in our hearts, where we serve out of love and honor instead of demand. We come to know that we have been predestined to be what we are by the Hand of our Creator. He moves us out of love to serve Him as friends, because we have come to know the truth of Who our Master is.

Joh 15:14  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. [from the place He has chosen, our heart]
Joh 15:15  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. [He is showing us judgment as the Priest, Levite and Judge.]
Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Joh 15:17  These things I command you, that ye love one another.

The old law according to the fleshly mind says do not do a, b, c or d, and the flesh thinks it can keep those laws. The flesh twists God’s law and fights against the true meaning of what has been handed down by the Priest, the Levite and the Judge from the place He has chosen in our hearts, our closets, where no one can see and give the flesh the honor it so desires. In our hearts, God gets all the honor for what He has made us. We cannot deviate from that place or from that Priest, Levite or Judge because to do so brings instant death upon that person. However, the old man has deviated, is deviating and will deviate from that holy place to his own place where the judgment suits him better. He is glorified and not Christ. Where the old man deviates is in the judgment that he is a beast and that he does not have freewill. In reality he is the lowest of servants and not a noble king as he thinks.

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

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.

Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him who has a mind calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is the number of mankind, and its number is six hundred sixty-six. (CLV)

These are the judgments handed down by the priest Who was the Sacrifice inside the veil of our heart. Christ is the only symbolic type of Levite able to truly handle the holy things and the only Judge Who gives true judgment from the true holy place in our hearts. He is giving us truth, and truth is what separates the old man and the new man. Truth exposes the old man that he may be put to death and gives live to the new man. The old man walks in bitterness and anger after hearing the truth because it denies him control over the events of what he considers his world. The old man walks according to the law of the flesh because the law of the flesh, when seen through the eyes of the old man, glorifies himself. He sees the law of the flesh as something he can keep outwardly where all can glorify him for his works.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Because we are different than all people who walk this earth, we are made up of two Adams. The first Adam believes he can keep the requirements of the law of the flesh because all he sees is the outward. The second Adam reveals that the old man “is sin” and is the exact opposite of what the law says. It shows the flesh that it is a slave to sin, not made free by the works of the very law that condemns him. When we are dragged to the truth, it is as these verses say; we are brought to the place where the LORD has chosen to place His name to hear the judgment of the Priest, the Levite, and the Judge. The flesh immediately rejects this truth and represents the man who does “presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before The LORD thy God, or unto the judge.” This is shown by his reaction in denial of the sovereign rule of the Priest, Levite and Judge by Whom we are redeemed, Jesus Christ.

On the other hand, when we hear the truth and receive it, there comes peace for the new man. Know that the receiving and the peace comes in aorist tense, not all at once, and this is also true of the flesh which rejects the truth.

Rom 8:2  ForG1063 the lawG3551 of the SpiritG4151 of lifeG2222 inG1722 ChristG5547 JesusG2424 hath madeG1659 meG3165 freeG1659 [G5656] fromG575 the lawG3551 of sinG266 andG2532 deathG2288.

Notice the G5656 after the word free. It denotes the aorist tense. We are “being made free” day by day. Likewise the flesh is “being” condemned and judged.

Rom 8:3  ForG1063 what the lawG3551 could not doG102, inG1722 thatG3739 it was weakG770 [G5707] throughG1223 the fleshG4561, GodG2316 sendingG3992 [G5660] his ownG1438 SonG5207 inG1722 the likenessG3667 of sinfulG266 fleshG4561, andG2532 forG4012 sinG266condemnedG2632 [G5656] sinG266 inG1722 the fleshG4561:

We are continually in “the place that The LORD has chosen to place His name” and continually being shown judgment. The flesh continually rejects that judgment, and the new man, who walks in the spirit of the law, receives the judgment. Again, the receiving of the judgment and being made free are still in the aorist tense. It is ongoing, not a one time ten-second sinner’s prayer.

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free [G5656] from the law of sin and death.

Knowing these truths and receiving the judgment of the Priest, the Levite and the Judge leads us to:

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Rom 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

So we are able to observe and do what we are told because the Spirit of Christ in us leads us to judge the man of sin in us and to put Him to death for his rejection of truth. We see that our old man is judged and our new man is given life. That life then brings forth in aorist tense:

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified [Greek: G5656-are crucifying] the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25  If we live [G5719-present tense] in the Spirit, let us also walk [G5725-present tense] in the Spirit.

If we are “living and walking” presently in this truth, then the Spirit of Him Who raised Christ from our dead carnal flesh, will, in aorist tense, overcome the flesh and will allow us to have the fruits of the spirit of which we just read. May God grant us the privilege to walk in the aorist tense.

Mat 6:25  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Mat 6:26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Mat 6:27  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Mat 6:28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Mat 6:29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Mat 6:30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Mat 6:31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek [our old man]:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

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