Deuteronomy – Deu 22:1-4 Helping Your Brother

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Deuteronomy – Deu 22:1-4 Helping Your Brother

[Study Aired December 4, 2020]

Deu 22:1  Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.
Deu 22:2  And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.
Deu 22:3  In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother’s, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.
Deu 22:4  Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.

It is amazing how the LORD Jesus Christ has different studies, from across the world, parallel each other, and this one is no different. It’s about caring for our spiritual body and the care we are to give one another. In this case it is about helping our brother in works, when he is laboring hard, signified by the Ox. When he is grazing on the wrong grass, the sheep is used. When he is carrying a heavy load, we see the ass and when he has lost his covering, the raiment shows us it is so.

The ox in scripture represents our labor that brings forth increase, and we know all power to labor comes from God. It represent the power used to break up our ground and till our fields. It represent the ins and outs of our laboring in the word.

Pro 14:4  Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

We should all know that these things are to be taken spiritually and applied inwardly.

1Co 9:9  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
1Co 9:10  Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

1Co 9:11  If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

We are to first know where our labors come from. All that we do in laboring in the word comes from the Creator of all our efforts, Jesus Christ. It does not come from us of our own fabled free will.

Isa 1:3  The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

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.

‘The ox knows his owner’ means the ox knows who guides him in the laboring of the field. The ox knows it is his owner who puts the yoke on his neck to guide him into all laboring, whether it be plowing the field or pulling a load.

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The ox knows, we know, that all we are is because of the sustaining power of God. The power does not come from us; it is all of God. When we are in the religions of the world, we are plowing yet not breaking any ground. All we are doing is bellowing as if we do not have anything to eat.

Psa 106:20  Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.

Job 6:5  Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

The ox bellows and complains when he does not have enough to eat, and when we are in the world, we do a lot of bellowing and complaining, because the stuff we are ‘eating’ does not fill us with the knowledge of truth. As Christ said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me.”
He said that to tell us that if we are learning of Him, we do less complaining. The yoke Christ gives us is the total sovereignty of the Father. When we learn that Christ did very little complaining, except in the garden when He asked if there were another way, we learn He did not complain because He knew even if others thought He was lost and that He was separated from His family, it was no problem because He would always be about His Father’s business.

Luk 2:41  Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
Luk 2:42  And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
Luk 2:43  And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
Luk 2:44  But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
Luk 2:45  And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
Luk 2:46  And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
Luk 2:47  And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
Luk 2:48  And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
Luk 2:49  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

That is the definition for an easy yoke and a light burden. No worries, no complaining, because we know that the Father has us where He wants us at all times. We are told in our scriptures today that if our neighbor’s ox is found, we are to return it to our neighbor. This spiritually means that we are to help our brother get back on track because his laboring does not profit.

His labors are askew, crooked, and if you have crooked rows in your field, it will make harvest time very difficult. I plowed fields with a tractor for a year when I was young, and the main trick on keeping the rows straight is to find a point on the other end of the field and keep your eye focused on that point. I would use the tractor’s hood emblem in the middle of the hood of the tractor and sight it on a tree or a mound at the other end of the field and keep those two lined up. That kept my rows straight, looking out ahead at the desired destination and keeping the tractor’s emblem pointed toward that point of reference. It is the same for us today in the body of Christ. All of our oxen get off track, and we all need our neighbor’s to help us back to our rightful owner, Christ the Head. To keep our eyes focused on the goal, the age to come and Christ are those two points of reference. The same goes for a lost sheep. We are the sheep that get lost and need to be fed until the rightful owner returns for His sheep.

Luk 15:3  And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
Luk 15:4  What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
Luk 15:5  And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
Luk 15:6  And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
Luk 15:7  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

When we go through this world knowing the truth, we are being prepared to find the lost sheep that belongs to our Neighbor, Christ. When we find this lost sheep, we are to feed it until The Neighbor returns. The neighbor returns when the sheep hears His voice, the voice of Christ in you. When we have the voice of Christ, then we become the lost sheep’s owner to that lost sheep. We know that in the age to come the Head Himself will return, and we will be gathered as the Head gathers us together as His sheep. In this age we are now living, we feed the lost sheep until he hears the voice of the Shepherd.

Joh 21:15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
Joh 21:16  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Joh 21:17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

As sheep we get lost in the world, and the wolves are hunting for us. The wolves are those in sheep’s clothing, acting as Pastors, Priests, or whatever title they give themselves, trying to devour us by their own doctrine. I was a wolf in sheep’s clothing at one time, and so were each of you. We all thought we had the truth in our own denominations or religion, whether it is Christian, Islam, Hindu or any other sect in which we had membership.

At one point I spewed the false doctrine that there was no God, that we were our own gods. At one point I spewed Calvinism, it doesn’t matter what we have vomited out of our mouth, the truth is we all did it. Then there’s the lost Ass who carries a burden. It is incumbent upon us to help those who are under a heavy burden, being as an ass carrying a load that is lost in their carrying of that load. We can be lost as that ass carrying a load, like the load of the false prophet we carried called Balaam.

Num 22:21  And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
Num 22:22  And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.
Num 22:23  And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.
Num 22:24  But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.
Num 22:25  And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again.
Num 22:26  And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.
Num 22:27  And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.
Num 22:28  And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
Num 22:29  And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.
Num 22:30  And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.
Num 22:31  Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
Num 22:32  And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:
Num 22:33  And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.
Num 22:34  And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.

We are all ridden by the false prophet Balaam in our own time and place. We are given to carry a load that is perverse before God until we collapse under the weight of it. It is hard and heavy because we see that danger is in the way, but we are whipped to continue into danger. Our fleshly, carnal, false doctrine is a hard taskmaster, and it beats us into carrying a load right into danger. We see the danger coming, but we are yanked back headlong into it even though we know the outcome. Why do we do this?  Because we are driven, directed by a false doctrine that is of The LORD to crush our thoughts of free will. It is not until our eyes are opened that we see the danger in the way. It is here we have heard the voice of the Shepherd.

Once our eyes are opened, we see the angel of the LORD standing in the way with His sword drawn, ready to slay us. This seeing comes from our neighbor, each other, who has the right food, has stalled us and kept us safe from the enemy until our Owner returns. The truth of this takes us to keeping our Brother’s lost raiment, his covering. Christ is that raiment and covering, and it is not until we are found we get to be covered by His raiment.

Rev 19:6  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

“I HEARD as it were a voice of a great multitude.” What great multitude? The whole of my heavens and my earth. Once I am given the truth, I know that all things are by Him and for Him. All are praising Him whether they know it or not. All mankind will praise God after they have been thrown into the lake of fire where they will be purified from all that they knew. The great multitude will be praising God for the marriage supper of the Groom with His Bride, whom He used to bring this great multitude to a place where they are rejoicing after the lake of fire. They are rejoicing because what they have been born from is now come together. Looking back they see the marriage from which they were born, they see the two Parents together. Christ is that Groom, and the Elect make up the Bride.

Rev 7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Rev 7:10  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Rev 7:11  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
Rev 7:12  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Rev 7:13  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
Rev 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Rev 7:15  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
Rev 7:16  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
Rev 7:17  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

These are also the voice of “many waters”, for the waters represent the whole world.

Rev 17:15  And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

Lastly, you have the united voice of “mighty thunderings”. This voice is also the united voice we come to understand as the voice of all of creation. All mankind are under the power of the Only God, and all powers are powers of the All Powerful in all. What does this voice say?

Praise ye Jah!, an adoring exclamation: – alleluiah.

“Praise ye Jah!, an adoring exclamation: – alleluiah – G239. Why? Because we have come to see that all things in the world are by the power of God. There is no power except that which God supplies.

Rom 13:1  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

The most powerful praise there is, is to be given to see and hear that God is the All in all. He and He alone has made all creation through His Son Jesus Christ. There are no powers but that which God the Father has created, whether it be the power of war, disease, death, hatred, love, joy, or peace. All power, whatever the power is, is supplied by God the Father. There is no power in us, outside us that does not have its beginning, consistence and ending by the Creator of it all. This truth guides us to our true Owner, Jesus Christ. This truth allows us to hear the voice of The Shepherd. This truth takes away all guilt, all shame, all tears, and all sorrows because if we know this truth, then we are freed from the guiding force of Balaam, our false prophet who whipped us into the way he wanted. That way was a way of the thoughts of free will and free moral agency, separate and independent from the Creator. He, too, was a power of God, and he, too, was sent to be part of the power to form us into the knowledge where we say:

“…Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth“.

Praise God it is Him reigning, for the opposite of that would be us reigning, and that would be a lost cause of confusion and a heavy burden that I could not bear. THANK GOD FOR THE TRUTH THAT WE NOW KNOW HE REIGNS AND IS ALL POWERFUL.

Mat 11:27  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The ox, the sheep, the ass, and the raiment are the four, the whole, of what we are in our own given time. We labor to bring forth fruit and are lost. We feed on grass that is not of the Lord because we are lost. We carry burdens and are driven by false prophets because we are lost. Because we are lost, we are not clothed with the righteousness of Christ. But, …Alleluia…even that is of The LORD; it’s ALL OF THE LORD. Therefore if we are given to hear, we hear the voice of a great multitude, the voice of many waters and the voice of mighty thunderings that shake the very foundation in which we live and move and have our being. That voice, although described in three different ways, is all the same voice, the same truth that thunders through our ears. That God the Father is the All in all and Jesus Christ is sent to His lost ox, sheep, ass to bring them their raiment that has been lost is the glorious truth of that thunder. We are a most blessed people, and praise God for being the 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.

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