Deuteronomy – Deu 22:8 What is the Meaning of the “Battlement” or “Parapet” on the Roof?

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Deu 22:8 What is the Meaning of the “Battlement” or “Parapet” on the Roof?

[Study Aired December 25, 2020]

Deu 22:8  When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence. 

The word “battlement” means “parapet”, a small wall on the edge of a roof, and in the above verse is the only time it is used in scripture.

The house that is being built is a “new house”, and that should be the clue which tells us what this is all about spiritually. What significance does it have to us to build a small wall on the roof of our new house so that no one falls off? And the real question is, “What are people doing climbing on the roof of our house in the first place?” First, the new house has to do with our new man and the knowledge from the LORD who is building that house. We are in a new land that is being conquered, and we are settling in to this new land so we begin to build a home in which to live.

We just finished verses 6 and 7, and in those verses we learned about a “nest”, a place where birds care for their young, feed them, and it is a place where the birds look “afar off”.

Job 39:27  Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
Job 39:28  She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
Job 39:29  From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
Job 39:30  Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.

So the eagle sees afar off from the nest which is build “on high”. The roof of the house is the highest place of our home, the place where we are able to see afar off. That roof to us is our spiritual house, Christ, and the understanding He gives us to see what others, those without eyes to see, cannot see by standing on “the ground” looking from there with a natural carnal mind. So, seeing from on high we must protect those who are with us on “the roof of the house” from falling off, from falling from “on high” back to the ground where they will die. So, from this understanding, seeing things spiritually, we understand that the wall we must build is to protect those who are standing on the high place God has given us, standing on our roof. This means that we must have a barrier to protect those who are standing on the understanding we have been given. We must take great care not to give them too much, too soon, because in doing so they can fall off from on high back to the ground where they will die. The new testament has a lot of instruction on this subject, so we will go over a few. First we will see what a spiritual “battlement” looks like.

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual [he has spiritual wall built], but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Heb 5:11  Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
Heb 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God [another spiritual wall]; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Heb 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

First, we see that to be carnal is to be still standing on the ground, still drinking milk, still having a thinking that comes from “the dust of the ground”, unable to see higher than the ground.

Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. [returning to the dust for your thoughts of God, your carnal mind, instead of getting on the roof and looking beyond the fleshly ground.]

This verse allows us to see that if we are taken from the ground, lifted up “on high”, and if we cannot receive understanding from on high, spiritual understanding, then we fall off the roof and return to the ground. The purpose of the battlement is to keep our brothers and sisters from falling off our roof. We must be careful how we minister to those who are just learning how to walk. You don’t put a baby on a roof to play, and that is what this verse is telling us. Protect those that you have allowed to climb up with you on your roof, the spiritual knowledge God has given you. That spiritual knowledge is called liberty. Be careful that you do not cause others to fall because of the liberty God has given you to be lifted from the ground and stand on high.

Gal 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

1Co 8:9  But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
1Co 8:10  For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
1Co 8:11  And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

When those who are able to walk on the roof without a wall allow others to walk on that roof with them and they fall back into sin, we are not walking circumspectly.

Rom 14:15  But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
Rom 14:16  Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

1Co 8:11  And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
1Co 8:12  But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
1Co 8:13  Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

When this happens we are “bringing blood upon our house”. This applies to many things; things of the flesh and things of the spirit. You don’t hand a newborn baby a steak to eat neither do you hand someone who is being dragged to the truth, through the plagues God has put in their lives, the doctrine of not celebrating holidays. A baby must be handled on the ground, learn how to crawl, walk and then climb, before you take them to the roof. As the verse says in Hebrews we quoted earlier, strong meat belongs to those who are of full age, those weaned from the milk.

Heb 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

However, what we call milk, the world of Babylon calls deep doctrines. So, what is milk? He tells them, “You ought to be eating meat, but you are still on milk” and then shows them what is milk.

Heb 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God [Read verse 6:1 and see that the first principle that he is speaking of leaving, is the principle of the doctrine of Christ]; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Heb 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection [From here on out he will innumerate what we are to leave. When he says leave, he is not saying forget, but go on further from that point, because this milk is the foundation from where we learn to eat meat. So, we are going forth from these points once they are established. His point is, you should have already established these points through your senses that have been exercised through trials, to discern good and evil doctrine.]; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works [#1], and of faith toward God [#2],
Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms [#3], and of laying on of hands [#4], and of resurrection of the dead [#5], and of eternal judgment [#6].
Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

These six principles of the principles of the doctrine of Christ ARE MILK! They are considered milk to Apostle Paul, and he is actually admonishing these people that because they are stuck on these principles and have not moved on, they are children in the word and not adults. The Babylonian Christian world would shudder at this, if they even knew these six principles, but we are so diluted from the truth that we CONTAIN NO TRUTH AT ALL IN BABYLON. Listen carefully what scripture speaks against us while we are in Babylon. These words are not spoken to those still in Babylon as much as they are spoken to us who are coming to know the truth.

Isa 3:1  For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water, 
Isa 3:2  The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,
Isa 3:3  The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
Isa 3:4  And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

For years I sat under different babes who did not even know the first principles of the doctrine of Christ. They were still stuck on literal water baptism, a literal place of torment, and repentance was something we did of our own freewill. They didn’t even know what they were repenting from! Why? Because they did not have any bread, the flesh of Christ to eat, or water, the spirit of God to teach them. They, as I was, were still blind as a bat and could not understand anything about Who God the Father was. Listen and hear the rest of these verses and see them inwardly.

Isa 3:5  And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child [trying to handle doctrine of which he has no understandingshall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.
Isa 3:6  When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand:
Isa 3:7  In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.
Isa 3:8  For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
Isa 3:9  The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

I will make a quick comment on this last verse before we move back to Hebrews. Declaring their sin is not literal sins of the flesh but declaring freewill. The word “paw-neem'” is H6440 and means that which you put out front, what goes before you, your face and is translated in this verse “countenance”.

The face of the first Adam shows his own face, puts himself out front and not the face of the second Adam, Christ. We all start off with freewill doctrine, and that is showing our “countenance”, for it is what we declare in our ten-second sinner’s prayer, “We ACCEPT Christ, as our Savior.” Ain’t that nice of us to accept Him? It literally sickens me to my stomach if I concentrate on the depth of my “countenance” and the way I paraded my religious first Adam in front of, instead of, as the forefront of, as the actual “SHEWBREAD” itself. It was a mirey swamp of mosquito-infested filth that I was living in. It was a life full of outward show but inward rotting flesh, drinking the swampy waters of Babylon…and enjoying it, because it exalted the flesh as standing on the roof, NOT CHRIST. So that we do not allow people to fall from our roof and “bring blood upon our house”, we must know the milk doctrines, the first principles of the oracles of God” or as Hebrews 6:1 says, “The principles of the doctrine of Christ.”

#1 “the foundation of repentance from dead works”

What are the dead works from which we are turning? Any work we do that we believe is from us is a dead work, for we are born dead, and all that comes from us is a dead work.

Luk 9:60  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

In what manner are they dead? They are dead in that it is not reckoned to God as a work of God because until we are made alive all work that we used to do is unknown to us as from the predestined hand of God. We think it was a work from us independent from God as a free moral agent. This is why and what God meant when He said these words about man:

Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

In what way was every imagination evil? Mankind thought all things were from him and then mixed it with religion. That’s what it means spiritually when it says that the “son of God, saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Gen 6:1-2). This is why Apostle Paul said:

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Every imagination man has of God is ONLY evil continually because man, left blinded, believes he is God. What we are to repent from when repentance is given to us? We repent of thinking we are a god independent from the true God. Listen to what John the baptist said:

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

One baptism is by the water of the word that cools us from the law of the flesh, and another baptism consumes us by fire because we are submerged into the chastening grace that burns up all that we thought we were. This is the reason Apostle Paul said that “baptisms” were a milk doctrine; because we are supposed to see that the baptism symbolized by water only cools us off and does not kill us. It is not until the Spirit of God enters us and the Word becomes a fire that consumes us and overwhelms us that we are baptized by fire and die.

Mat 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Water baptism does kill us in the sense it gives us a look at the truth of what the law says about us, and we then use that very law to heal ourselves. The water baptism does not save us. It is only the beginning of the process in the plan of God to totally destroy us by fire if we are the elect. This truth is symbolized by the prophet Elijah when the fire came down from God and licked up the water from the sacrifice.

1Ki 18:38  Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
1Ki 18:39  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

We are those prophets of Baal and we confess that the LORD, He is God twice, because we witness that what we are seeing is truth. The LORD has consumed all we thought we were offering, and now with that truth we are put to death by knowing that “the LORD, He is God”.

1Ki 18:40  And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escapeAnd they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

These last few verses covered the 3rd milk doctrine-the doctrine of baptisms [#3] and when you see what repentance is and what baptisms are, then you are given the faith of Christ to see that all we are, we are because God the Father predestined we be what we are in the past, present and future.

Gal 2:19  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Gal 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Rom 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

We are given the faith of Christ to believe that all things are given to us by the Father through Christ. Christ believed that His life was a life given to Him by the Father. He knew He was not a free moral being separate from the Father. That truth is given to us, and we believe the same thing Christ believed and therefore are given the faith that Christ had to trust in His Father. This covers the second milk doctrine and of faith toward God [#2].

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Heb 11:2  For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Heb 11:3  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

What we were, what we are and what we will be is the same as “the worlds were framed by the word of God”. To know this truth is to have the faith of Christ. To know this truth is to be indwelt by the spirit of God that IS framing our worlds as we speak. This is the faith that Christ had the faith the elect have. We don’t know what we shall be, but we do know, by faith, that we shall be as Christ.

1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

That’s faith!

Next week we will cover the last three milk doctrines – of laying on of hands [#4], and of resurrection of the dead [#5], and of eternal judgment [#6].

Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

Lord willing He will permit!

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