Deuteronomy – Deu 20:10-18 How Do We War Against the Nations Within Us?

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Deu 20:10-18 How Do We War Against the Nations Within Us?

[Study Aired October 16, 2020]

Deu 20:10  When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it.
Deu 20:11  And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee.
Deu 20:12  And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:
Deu 20:13  And when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:
Deu 20:14  But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
Deu 20:15  Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.
Deu 20:16  But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:
Deu 20:17  But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:
Deu 20:18  That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

In our last two studies we have gone over war and first who the enemy is, was and will be to the truth and to the flesh. We learned that there are many enemies to the truth, and in fact, all of the world hates the truth. This includes the world in us and the outside us, but we learned in the last study that we have an Officer Who teaches us how to war. The Spirit of God that moved Christ, moves us. We are moved by the commands of our Officer, Who is as a scribe Who instructs us in the commands of the King. He teaches us who our enemy is, and in this study we are taught that the enemy which needs to be totally and absolutely destroyed is the closest enemy to us, which is a type and figure of ourselves.

Although they are six nations, they are really just speaking of one man, the man of sin, which is described in six different ways: the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. In the new testament he is described also as the beast that rises out of the sea and the sea is the sea of men, mankind, anthropos – G444.

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)

Our first verse begins by telling us how to war against nations far from us. We start by proclaiming peace to it, and if it opens up to you, then we are to take all that is therein as “tributaries”. “They shall serve thee.” Christ told us that when we came to a city to enquire who in that city is worthy and then to proclaim peace to that city/house, and if it be worthy, let your peace come upon it.

If it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. The cities represent wherever Christ has us at any given time, and the houses represent people we meet in this journey through life. We speak the truth, and if they are “worthy”, elect and chosen, they will receive the truth. If they are not, then we keep our peace and go on.

Mat 10:5  These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 

This verse is telling us to not go into any city of the Gentiles or Samaritans. However, because Christ died for the WHOLE world, the WHOLE world IS ISRAEL. There are no more Gentiles and Samaritans in the eyes of God. What makes the difference is which Israelite will receive us in this age. Have they been “COUNTED” worthy to receive the truth in this life? If they receive the truth, they are a “Jew” inwardly, if they do not, then they are a “Gentile” inwardly, but the whole world is considered Israelites because all will be saved.

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

The “go” in verse one is in the aorist tense (G5632) and is telling us that when we speak the truth to someone and they receive it not, then we are not to KEEP going to them. Our peace is to return to us. However, if they receive the truth, then they are Israelites inwardly, and we are to continue to keep going to them and giving them our peace, which is Christ.

Mat 10:6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. [again, the whole world is lost]
Mat 10:7  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

The truth of the total, absolute sovereignty of God in Christ heals the sickness with which we are born and relieves us from everlasting death. It cleanses us from the spots of this life, it raises us from the dead world into the life of the kingdom of God, and it casts out the demonic doctrine of freewill.

Mat 10:9  Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
Mat 10:10  Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
Mat 10:11  And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
Mat 10:12  And when ye come into an house, salute it.
Mat 10:13  And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

Houses represent the literal person. Cities represent wherever God has us at any given time in this world. These houses are the cities of the nations afar off in the verses in Deuteronomy. In other words, houses represent cities, and cities represent houses that are afar off. We will cover the close cities in a moment. If someone does not receive the truth in this life, then that person or city shall suffer the fire of the lake of fire, where that city will be encamped against, spiritually, and then overtaken and converted to see the truth.

Mat 10:14  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Mat 10:15  Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

That judgment is the white throne judgment. Now, who or what do the cities near unto us represent? Those cities of the six nations are the cities within us. Those six nations in us must be sacked totally, without mercy and nothing in them left to live. We do not know the inward struggles of others and what goes on in their cities, spiritually speaking. We can give them the truth and if they receive it, then they are made tributaries to us. We are to teach them the truth continually, continue to go to them. However, those cities “WITHIN” our own border should never be left to live. They must die, from the old to the young, from the man to the woman and from the child to the animals in that city; all must die and be burned with fire.

1Sa 15:3  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Deu 20:16  But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:

Gen 19:24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
Gen 19:25  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

I wanted to highlight every word in each verse because each word highlights the seriousness of killing all that breathes within us which worships other gods. The reason we are told to kill all that in us that breathes is because it is the doctrines in us that have us worshiping other gods.

Other people do not want to drag me to their gods. No, the six nations in me are the ones closest to me, the ones I am not fearful of anymore. These nations are the one that must be killed. The nations and cities afar off, in other peoples lives, will be taught to kill the six nations in them that have the mark of their beast. In our verses today we are told to kill the nations that are close to us and to utterly destroy everything that breathes.

In this description of the nations, one nation is left out – the “Girgashite”. This nation is important to include with the seven heads on the beast because this one nation had taken the brunt of the head-wound that is healed. We will read a verse first, then go to what was written about this nation in a previous study. The seven heads on the beast are the seven nations in us that have the name of blasphemy. We are, individually, the beast that has those seven heads, and we have risen up out of the sea of mankind as our own 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.

“What is a Girgashite? That’s the purpose of today’s study; to find out what this literal tribe of people means to us spiritually. What is it and where did we learn it?

First, we know from scripture that the Girgashites are from Canaan, the son of Ham, the son of Noah, who looked upon His father’s nakedness.

1Ch 1:8  The sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.
1Ch 1:9  And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabta, and Raamah, and Sabtecha. And the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
1Ch 1:10  And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be mighty upon the earth.
1Ch 1:11  And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
1Ch 1:12  And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (of whom came the Philistines,) and Caphthorim.
1Ch 1:13  And Canaan begat Zidon his firstborn, and Heth,
1Ch 1:14  The Jebusite also, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite,

So, like the Hittites, the Girgashites come from Canaan, the son of Ham, and the Israelites were taking over the land of Canaan. The definition for Girgashite from Brown, Driver, Briggs is:

This an excerpt from “” on different soils:

From this definition we learn that the Girgashites “dwell on a clayey soil”. We should all know that the clay represents our flesh.

Job 10:8  Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
Job 10:9  Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?

Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Isa 64:8  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

From all of these above verses which describe our flesh comes the definition of the word clay.

I don’t know how many of you have ever tried to dig into clay soil or to plant a garden in clay soil, but it’s very difficult, especially when the clay is dry and hard. The clay soil is so compact that it is almost impossible to penetrate. When it gets wet, it is so sticky and gooey that you can’t do anything with it. So, a Girgashite is a people who dwelt on clay soil. So what does it mean to “dwell” on clay soil? We know that the word “dwell” means to live there, stay there, be stuck on something. If I continue to think on something someone has done wrong to me I get told, “Stop dwelling on it!” So a Girgashite dwells on the clay – on the flesh.

We are taught from birth to dwell on the flesh, to think on how to or how not to do things. We are encouraged to study the way of the flesh through Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, nature, science, or Geology, any and all things concerning the relation of it to the flesh. Mankind left to himself never gets beyond the physical. He never by his own thoughts looks up. Our eyes are positioned to look forward but not up. It has been given to the flesh to look at fleshly things and not spiritual things. This is what a Girgashite is. It’s any doctrine which has you looking at yourself and not at your Creator for the answers.

Everything that comes from the adversary says to look at ourselves for the answers. “You can do it!” “You have the power!” “Buck up and be a man” or “You shall be as gods.” This what a Girgashite doctrine does.”
Deuteronomy – Deu 7:1 What is a Girgashite?

Now, having that definition of what a “Girgashite” is, we understand that it takes this last nation to seal the mark on our heads as a complete beast. We are cemented together with all the other attributes of the other nations, and together we make up those nations close to us which must be killed without mercy. The cities that are close to us are spiritually speaking of the man of sin who is made of the dust of the ground and lusts for anything from the flesh. The Spirit of truth brings this out in 2 Thessalonians:

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.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

These verses encapsulate the truth of who the nations are within us, the nations that are close to us, the nations given to us to conquer and to utterly destroy. The nations which are far from us against whom we war are the nations in other people. Once the truth has come to them, they then must war against the nations in themselves. They then are given the task to take the land of promise within themselves. It says in verses 12 and 13 of our study today:

“And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it: And when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:”

The besieging we do against those who do not receive the truth is that judgment is on them until the lake of fire. They were brought the truth, and they were not found worthy. Therefore the truth they reject is a witness against them in the lake of fire. It is a “confinement”, the definition for “besiege” (H6696); a confinement to the lake of fire where the man in them will die.

Deu 20:13  And when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:
Deu 20:14  But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
Deu 20:15  Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.

The women in them, the children in them and all that is the cities will be given to us as a spoil. This means that all they thought they had, that made up the man in them, will be uncovered and shown by us, the fire of the lake of fire, that it belongs to their Creator. Their works will be shown to be the work of God, and all things will be seen as His spoils.

1Co 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

The last verse of our study today is the key to why we must utterly destroy the nations closest to us.

Deu 20:18  That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

What have all the complete nations in us taught us to do? To utterly and completely worship ourselves, our clay, the Girgashite, as a god. It has taught us that we are the ‘all in all’ which is in us. It has taught us that we are the captains of our own destiny and that we are subject to no one but ourselves. We do this in the false doctrines of Babylon. No matter what false religion we have come from, all do the same thing and all must be destroyed out of our land.

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