Deuteronomy – Deu 18:6-8 The Priesthood Shows our Stages of Spiritual Growth

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Deu 18:6-8 The Priesthood Shows our Stages of Spiritual Growth

[Study Aired August 28, 2020]

Deu 18:6  And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose;
Deu 18:7  Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand there before the LORD.
Deu 18:8  They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

We have spoken much in these Deuteronomy studies of the spiritual meaning of who Israel represents, who the Levites represent, and who the priests represent. We must all know that these three separate people are not separate people but stages of our growth when we apply them inwardly. We start off in Israel (the world), become Levites (Babylonians), and then we come to a place where we sell all that we have to dedicate it to the LORD. If you remember the idea that is meant by “come from any of thy gates out of all Israel” is coming out from worldly thinking, from worldly judgment. In the old testament, when one sat at the gate of the city, it meant he was a judge of that city. He sat with the elders of that city or was the elder of that city to whom people came for judgment. Here are some examples.

Gen 19:1  And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

Rth 4:1  Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
Rth 4:2  And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.

1Ki 22:10  And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.

Pro 31:23  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

From these verses we see that to sit at the gate is to sit in judgment. So, when we come from the world, we are coming out of the world’s judgment where we used to sit. We are coming out of the way we used to see the world into a way that the religious system to which we are going sees the world. From there we are dragged to the temple where we are given new thoughts again, different from the religious system we were under in Babylon. Christ gave us an example in His own life by leaving what He was, as seeing Himself equal to God the Father in title and becoming a man.

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:

When Christ spoke to the rich young ruler, who we typify in our own thoughts of being rich to God in good works of the flesh, He expounds on our thoughts today.

Mat 19:16  And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Mat 19:17  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Mat 19:18  He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Mat 19:19  Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 19:20  The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Mat 19:21  Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Mat 19:22  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Mat 19:23  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:24  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mat 19:25  When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
Mat 19:26  But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Mat 19:27  Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
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.
Mat 19:29  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Mat 19:30  But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

We naturally think of literal riches and literal things that are sold, and God has made it that way for the flesh to see it all natural, because we are natural beings. However, we who are being dragged to the truth, and who are being judged in this life, see things spiritually.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

When we are brought to the city, when we are given the desire to give up all that we are, then we can then take up this proverb against the king of Babylon in us:

Isa 14:1  For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
Isa 14:2  And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
Isa 14:3  And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,
Isa 14:4  That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!

We are brought to a place where we can sell all that we thought was our possession and bring it to the temple. There, where The LORD has chosen to place His name, do we partake of what we were given, our patrimony, and do we eat from the portion which is given the priest. The two are the same thing. That which comes from the sale of my heritage or my father’s holdings, which is what patrimony means, and the portion given to me as a minister in the temple are the same thing.

You cannot see to eat from that which you have sold unless you are given the desire to minister to the temple where God dwells. In other words, what you have been given to see about who you are from birth, that which you have inherited, that you have now sold, is the portion of which those who minister in the temple partake. They are two different things, but to the spiritual person they are the same thing. Just like the scriptures above in Isaiah, that which held us is now our slave, that which held us captive from birth has now become our captive. The very thing that enslaved us became the very thing that God has used to set us free.

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Jer 2:20  For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.
Jer 2:21  Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?
Jer 2:22  For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me [what is that mark? it is the mark of the beast; it is the number of mankind (Rev 13:18)], saith the Lord GOD.

The very thing that holds us is what God uses to expose the self-righteous person we have inherited from our patrimony, from our father of the flesh Adam, and that thing is what we sold and that thing is what becomes our servant. When sins of the flesh are manifested in our lives, they are the fruit, the wages of the sin of self-righteousness, which expose that which was hid when we were in bondage to the flesh. It is identified for what it is. Listen to these verses as they expose the self-righteous, self-seeking Babylonian king.

Jer 2:23  How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
Jer 2:24  A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.
Jer 2:25  Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.
Jer 2:26  As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets,
Jer 2:27  Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
Jer 2:28  But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

The very thing to which we were enslaved is the very thing God uses to open our eyes to who we are in the flesh. No one wants to admit they are self-righteous from birth; no one wants to admit to it because unless their eyes are open they cannot see to admit it.

Recently I worked for a woman, and three days after finishing the job she called me and said after going through her check book and the contract we had, she felt she still owed me $500.00 dollars. I explained to her that she had paid me all she owed and showed her where she was miscalculating. She thanked me and said that if it had been anyone else besides me they would have said, “I’ll be right there to get that check.” I thanked her, and she hung up. What she did not know was that while I was explaining to her the error in her calculation, my flesh was telling me I had just thrown $500.00 dollars away, free money. I still had the thought, and the thought alone is sin.

Mat 5:28  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

In her mind I was righteous, but in my mind I know that I am a beast like no other.

Jer 2:22  For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me [What is that mark? It is the mark of the beast. It is the number of mankind (Rev 13:18)], saith the Lord GOD.

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.”

I can wash myself with the sweet words of the bible, but my flesh is marked. It has the mark of the beast, and that mark exposes who and what I am in the flesh. Praise God He overcame my beast that day and at that hour, and I did not steal from that woman, but the thought was there, and the thought was enough for me to see that patrimony I inherited from my father the Devil. It is clear that the dominion of sin is losing its hold, day by day, minute by minute. My flesh being reigned in, and the desire to serve the king of Babylon and the idols of Baalim are less, but the reminder of what and who my flesh is always remains with me, as it was with our LORD. Had He not walked around in the same flesh, He could not have felt the pulls we go through every day in the flesh. Had He not experienced the mark of the beast, He could not be a merciful High Priest, nor could He have gotten the victory over it.

Heb 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Yes, Revelation 15:2 is speaking of the elect, but WHO are the elect?

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

If a person is dragged out of the world, from anywhere in the worldly religious system, where he lived, and comes with all the desire given to him of the LORD, to THE PLACE, THE HOLY PLACE, to serve The LORD, then he shall minister in the name of The LORD, as all who have experienced the same desire who stand before The LORD. He shall have like portions from the truth to eat from as do all the rest of those who have been dragged and also from that which he has sold of his patrimony shall he have a portion.

Each one of us have a portion to give to one another. Each person has their own unique story that ministers to the rest of the body, because each part of the body is unique in its own way to minister to the body as a whole. Each story is the same, yet each story is different. We have all been sold into bondage in the flesh, but each person’s journey from the land of their patrimony is different in some way to help minister to the other parts of the body. We all have gifts, each and everyone of us, and no one person is greater than the other. The hand cannot say to the foot, “Because I am a hand, I don’t need you to carry me to where I need to go to grab what I need” and vise versa for the foot. We all need each other to overcome the pulls of the flesh, and we all have a unique part of this body. May God grant us the wisdom to see how to minister to each other.

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