Deuteronomy – Deu 27:9-26 Cursed be the Man…

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Deu 27:9-26 Cursed be the Man…

[Study Aired September 10, 2021]

Deu 27:9  And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God.
Deu 27:10  Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day.
Deu 27:11  And Moses charged the people the same day, saying, 
Deu 27:12  These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin:
Deu 27:13  And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.
Deu 27:14  And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice,
Deu 27:15  Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.
Deu 27:16  Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deu 27:17  Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deu 27:18  Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deu 27:19  Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deu 27:20  Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s wife; because he uncovereth his father’s skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deu 27:21  Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deu 27:22  Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deu 27:23  Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deu 27:24  Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deu 27:25  Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Deu 27:26  Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

In the last two studies we have covered the first eight verses which spoke of Israel crossing the Jordan and of the altar built after they crossed the Jordan. From the altar on Mount Ebal are the curses proclaimed, and these are those twelve curses related in spiritual terms.

Deu 27:15  Cursed be the man that maketh any  graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

I often am amazed on just how deep the law of God goes. I saw things so shallow up to seven years ago. I was seeing things spiritually, but I was mixing the natural with the spiritual, mixing the sons of God with the daughters of men.

Gen 6:1  And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
Gen 6:2  That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
Gen 6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Gen 6:4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

I would read about making a molten image but that would not correlate to the man of sin within me or to the beast within me. It was always outward to a literal beast.

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Rev 13:15  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Rev 13:16  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

2Th 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Th 2:2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
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.

This is making a graven or molten image. It is graven because we have carved it to resemble ourselves as God and molten because we have gone through the so-called fire of Babylon where we confess we are sinners and then turn right around and make ourselves as gods with free will.

Eze 28:14  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

These stones of fire represent the prophets and disciples that have come before us, who make up the altar we just read about in our last two studies. When we read their writings we then, through their words, carve ourselves into an image that glorifies the man and not God. We speak great swelling words of a changed life and of not sinning, not knowing that it is God Himself Who has made you to be who you are or are not. We speak as though we are serving a sovereign God, and then at the same time speak out of one of the mouths of the seven-headed dragon, the complete beast, about what we need to do or not do, as if we have control.

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 13:2  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Rev 13:4  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God [opened the mouth that was given him to open and to speak], to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them [through this mouth that was given him]: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. [all on the earth worship him, their own dragon, not my dragon, because everyone has been given a mouth to speak great swelling words of vanity and to speak blasphemy against God as sovereign God. The world says you are a free will being and it is up to you to do good or to do evil, this is blasphemy.]
Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Rev 13:10  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. [here is the patience and faith of the elect that are given the patience and faith to endure the lies of their own dragon until they are freed in the truth of the sovereignty of God. He gives them the mouth to speak, He opens their mouth, etc. etc.]

This is what I was when God created me, molded me, carved me as the man of sin. He made me outwardly beautiful in works of the flesh but a dragon inside. He made me into what I wanted to be, a dragon speaking great swelling words but so wrapped up in religion that I could not see further than my own nose. It is through this process of molding me into the abomination that God has used to bring about His desolating judgment am I dragged to the truth.

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:)

Our first curse today says that we make this image, and then we put it into a secret place. We cover up where this image is standing because we want everyone to think that it is Godly, but in truth we were given to make it in our own image, not in the image of God. The only image of God is in Christ, and we hate that because it means we must die to be made into that image, and that is out of the question for us.

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

I knew a man who was a very intellectual man with great schooling, who made himself out to be a Christian. He never OUTWARDLY cursed, didn’t drink, smoke, go out to bars, was not a open fornicator, and was loved by all his neighbors. This man never saw what we see. He thought he had made himself righteous by not doing outward sins of the flesh. He was brought up in a good home, with good parents, went to church from birth, paid his taxes, loved his wife and kids and was outwardly speaking a good man. What we cannot see, because he hid it in a secret place, is what was in his heart, is in our heart.

Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

No matter how good you look outwardly, if the inner cup is not cleansed first, all that will come of it will continue to defile what seems so good, and what comes out of it is self-praise and self-glorification.

Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Mat 23:26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Mat 15:11  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

When I was in babylon I used this last verse to judge those who outwardly allowed curse words to come out of their mouth, while at the same time I was using them inwardly. I wanted to be seen as a good Christian who had taken the heed to repent and did exactly that. I REPENTED BY USING MY OWN FREE WILL! I cannot tell you how many sermons I have heard where the pastor will say that no murderer, no adulterer, no liar, etc. will enter the kingdom of God and make it apply to anyone who at that time was caught up, BY GOD, in sin. When every single human that walks this earth is a murderer, and adulterer, a liar against the truth.

The religious zealot loves to scream from the tallest altar IN THE SANCTUARY about the plight of the sinner. Of course he will color it up with, “I used to be a sinner.” I used to be this or that, but in truth he is still all that because in his secret place he has the idol hidden that exposes who he serves, the idol of his heart. God has answered him according to the idol of his own heart and formed him outwardly to look so righteous.

Eze 14:2  And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 14:3  Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
Eze 14:4  Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophetI the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
Eze 14:5  That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Human corrupt nature tells us that these above verses are speaking of outward manifestations of sins of the flesh, but that is not the case. Outward manifestations of the flesh are what we are from nature, period. We do not learn to do evil, WE ARE EVIL FROM BIRTH (Psa 51:5). These verses above are speaking of the man of sin, the seven-headed dragon rising up out of the sea of men, where we all rise as an individual beast to proclaim to the world that we are the greatest thing that ever came from a human womb. These verses above are speaking of the religious zealot who is given the great mouth to speak blasphemy against God. Remember, these idols are for the purpose of being GOOD to outward sight.

These idols are for purpose of trying to obtain righteousness by them, not unrighteousness. Yes, God has given him a mouth that speaks against the very Creator Who created that mouth. God has given him the very words he speaks because God has created him as a natural brute beast to be taken and destroyed so that the new man can rise from that dead tomb of a man called flesh. This is where we are resurrected from; the dead tomb in which we live.

2Pe 2:12  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed [look at each word individually: made…to…be…taken…and …destroyed! Who is he speaking of? My man of sin exalts himself against the knowledge of God as though he has a free independent will separate from the Creator. He is speaking of the religious zealot who tries through puffed up words to shame you into good works which you can then parade around and become two-fold more a child of gehenna fire than what you were already.], speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.
2Pe 2:13  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness,  as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres [tombs for the dead], which indeed appear beautiful outward [Did you all hear those last words? “WHICH INDEED APPEAR BEAUTIFUL OUTWARD.” Scripture is not saying that the religious hypocrite doesn’t appear outwardly good. He does indeed, but inwardly he is a dead man, a rotting corpse, because he believed that through his much reading, his many prayers, his good deeds that he has made himself the way he is and God has answered him according to the idol of his heart, the abomination of desolation.], but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Mat 23:28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity [and here the idol is exposed, self righteousness, iniquity, Eze 33:13.].

When God answers an Israelite according to the idol of his heart, according to the stumbling block of INIQUITY, He is giving him over to be a religious dragon which speaks blasphemy, and that blasphemy is all the secret love we have to be seen of men and not of God. These next verses are speaking of you and me if we can receive it.

Mat 23:1  Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
Mat 23:2  Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
Mat 23:3  All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Mat 23:5  But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
Mat 23:6  And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Mat 23:7  And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

That scribe and pharisee is one and the same witness of the religious man of sin who is full of hypocrisy and iniquity. He is the man of sin, the seven-headed complete dragon that rises out of the sea of men and causes all that is in him, in his earth to worship him.

We follow this hypocrite to the grave because this hypocrite gives our flesh the most love and adoration. I can sit in my secret place and judge the world around me because, “I know scripture, and because I know scripture you are all going to hell where you deserve to go because you have not used your own freewill to repent from your outward sins that God Himself enslaved you to.”

I knew a man one time who was judging another man because the man was struggling with smoking. This man who was the judge of the other man used to be a heroine addict, and I knew used to clean his syringe in the toilet water of fast food restaurants. I knew this because he told me so. He had the gall to judge this other man, who was confessing he was struggling to quit smoking. I could not hold my peace, and I reminded this religious hypocrite, “You used to clean your syringe in toilet water, stick it in your veins to get high, then mess yourself, and you have the nerve to stand here and condemn this man who is confessing he is struggling with smoking?” It didn’t phase him. He still walked away just as self-righteous as he was when he walked up. “The scribes and pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: ALL therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do” – “AND DO”! What the law says is true and good, but how to perform that which is true and good is not how the scribes and Pharisees tell us to perform it. The religious Pharisee tells us that it is up to us. The law says that this is what you are; this what you are in the flesh, and this witness is good and truth. But, what the law is for, is for the good of showing us what we are, not how to get out from under what we are. The law was sent to condemn the flesh from ever thinking it can make itself right before God in the flesh, not to make us think we can be righteous by it.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
1Ti 1:9  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient [which we are lawless and disobedient from birth], for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1Ti 1:10  For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

The law is good, “if a man use it LAWFULLY”. How do we use the law lawfully? Use it for the purpose in which it was created, to prove all mankind is in the same boat. We are all TOGETHER become unprofitable as a human race.

Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Here is how we use the law lawfully:

Rom 3:9  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Rom 3:13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom 3:15  Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom 3:16  Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom 3:17  And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom 3:18  There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Was then that which causes me to see sin, evil?

Rom 7:13  Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Is it evil then to point out sins of the flesh? No, it is not, but it how you point it out that matters. Do you make yourself a judge of the law, or do you recognize yourself as the person you are showing them their sin? Do you see yourself as the heroine addict scolding the smoker, or do you see yourself as the heroine addict that knows he is better than no one?

Do I use the law to condemn them in their sins or do I use the law to show them that the habit they have is a habit we all have – the habit of sin? Now, I know, from experience, that there will be some Pharisees who will hear these words and say in their unconverted heart that I am saying to let people sin and say nothing. What they will have failed to see is what I just quoted above, “all they say, observe and do”, but NOT ACCORDING TO THE WAY THEY DO IT.” What the law says is right and good and is for our learning, but do not listen to the idol of your heart, that you have secretly put away and hidden under the sheep SKIN you wear.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

The graven molten image that we have hidden in secret under the sheepskin, will be exposed if we are an elect. God will not allow one of His elect to think above what it written about Him. He, the elect, must see himself as the basest of men if he is ever to be a king or a priest. A king loves his people and a priest intercedes for his people. They do not LORD over them, or condemn them and all idols of the religious heart does exactly that.

Luk 12:45  But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
Luk 12:46  The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

Whenever we think it is up to us to beat those around us with the law of the flesh to condemn them because Christ hasn’t come yet, and we take that job upon ourselves, we are this evil servant. Christ is here now if He is in us, and if Christ is in us, then the only people who will feel uncomfortable around us is the religious hypocrite who uses the law to justify himself.

Mat 9:10  And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the housebehold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
Mat 9:11  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
Mat 9:12  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
Mat 9:13  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

The law is good if used lawfully, but if we use it to condemn others and make ourselves out to be better than them, then we have been given over to the idol of our heart who rises out of the sea of men with blasphemy written on his head and who “HAS BEEN GIVEN” by God to speak blasphemy against God. He is the graven, molten image that we have secretly hidden, and from that secret place we fulfill the next eleven curses. From the root of sin comes the fruit of sins of the flesh. What we hide in our heart will manifest in what comes from our mouth and that which comes from our mouth shows where we are cursed.

Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen. [exposes what he sees as faults in the elders and in the church by the judgment of his idol (Rom 3:8)]
Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.[concluding someone is not an elect by your own evil judgment from your idol (Rom 10:5-9)]
Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen. [purposely not giving the truth to someone when they need it (Mat 5:42)]
Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen. [not giving the truth to comfort those who are need of comfort (Mat 5:42)]
Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s wife; because he uncovereth his father’s skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.[same as the Corinthian fornicator, spiritually trying to take the church from Christ and placing yourself as the head, like those who left a few years ago. (1Co 5:1)]
Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen. [giving the glory to the flesh for what you know (1Co 1:21)]
Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen. [claiming the doctrines of the church as your own. (Rom 12:3)]
Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen. [same as the church, taking to yourself the truths of the church to yourself (1Co 4:7)]
Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen. [judging members of the body without the authority of Christ. (Rom 14:4)]
Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen. [making yourself feel superior by judging someone else. (Mat 26:14-16)]
Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen. [not seeing that we are all under these curses in the flesh and they apply to my own flesh, which has the idol hidden in its heart. (Rom 3:10-20)]

A literal graven image is an image that has been carved out of wood or stone. As I meditated on the spiritual application of carving a spiritual idol, it was brought to my mind how when we get religion, when God first begins to drag us through Babylon, we begin to carve ourselves in a manner we think brings glory to God. We are given to stop doing outward manifestations of sins. We dress differently, more respectful, we begin to take on the language of Babylon and instead of outwardly manifesting sin, we now do it secretly. Before we are dragged to Babylon, God has us in a place where we manifest outward acts of sins of the flesh, fruits of what we are from birth. Then as we are dragged out of Egypt to Babylon, out of the world to religion, the outward manifestations lessen, but the heart is not changed. We still harbor the same evil thoughts but learn to hide them in our hearts. The same god is still there, the man of sin, but instead of worshiping him outwardly in gross displays of sins of the flesh, we carve him into a different light, a god that is nice and shiny. The religious language is taken on, the religious acts are taken on, Sunday worship, Saturday worship, whichever one that seems to exalt the image of our god and make him look more religious and then the most insidious thing begins to occur. We begin to judge those in Egypt as more evil than myself.

We use specific scriptures to expose their sin and their debauchery all the while acting as though we are exempt from the very thing we accuse them. Our carving creates an imagery as if we were spit out of our mother’s womb in this most pristine condition, and if it weren’t for Christ coming, we could have taken His place. We forget that the Egypt of which the scriptures is speaking is the Egypt in me, not out there, but the Egypt in me where I have hidden my god under religious RIGHTS.

Gen 31:33  And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, and into Leah’s tent, and into the two maidservants’ tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah’s tent, and entered into Rachel’s tent.
Gen 31:34  Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel’s furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.
Gen 31:35  And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.

The customs of Babylon forbid looking under us or into us, and in these customs we hide our idols. Our idols are hidden in loud “Hallelujahs”, big bibles, pretty songs, quoting verses, and anything that will guide others away from the secret gods we have hidden in our hearts. Egypt is out there, no doubt, but unless we see Egypt as in us, we are not seeing truth. The scriptures in Ezekiel 14 about giving people over to the idol of their heart is not speaking to those in Babylon. They are speaking to you and to me. Why would He speak to those who cannot understand His speech? He doesn’t! He is speaking to you and to me who understand the language that only an Israelite can understand.

Act 2:8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Act 2:9  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Act 2:10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Act 2:11  Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

A man can walk into a room and speak and quote scripture, as I have heard them do, yet for some reason, even though they are seemingly speaking the language of my people, it has no ring to it. It reveals itself because it has an accent that proves it is not from the same country we are from.

Mat 26:73  And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

We scratch our heads and say, “It sounds like the truth, but something just doesn’t sit right.” It’s because they have not been dragged through the fire. They speak great swelling words, but they fall on us with no sound. A few years ago I used to listen to one of the elders who left the fellowship. I would listen to his messages and understand them, but there was an “ACCENT” about them that left me scratching my head. I would judge myself as being critical or nitpicky, but no matter what he said and how he said it, I went away dry, without any quenching of my thirst from the water of the word. But, just before he was taken from us, and after he left, it was exposed about the idol he and others were sitting on. All along his “ACCENT” was not from the Israel of God, but from the Babylonian god he was sitting on.

I asked God to forgive me for my doubting, and now I can discern from the voice of the Shepherd and the voice of a stranger. It is simple, and it is clear as a bell. A stranger will always speak in a way that puts the emphasis on the flesh, as though it is up to man to save himself. His god cannot but make him, no, force him, to put the emphasis on the flesh, it is integral to the Babylonian doctrine and is what keeps Babylon sitting on the beast. However, the truth will always emphasize the power of God as the Creator of good and evil and give man no credit for anything. When we hear the “ACCENT” of the stranger, it is incumbent upon us to expose him for who he is and spiritually behead him with the sword of the spirit before he gets a chance to set up shop right under our noses. That idol is always trying to set up within us, to hide under loud spiritual sayings and eloquent words of vanity. We must be vigilant to always ask God to search our hearts and to ask God not to give us over to the idol of our hearts.

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