Deuteronomy – Deu 4:1-4 Ye Shall Not Add Unto the Word Which I Command You

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Deuteronomy - Deu 4:1-4 Ye Shall Not Add Unto the Word Which I Command You

Deu 4:1 Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.
Deu 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Deu 4:3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
Deu 4:4 But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.

Verses 1 and 2 are the reason many followed Baalpeor; they added or diminished from what was told them. This is the same principle we are told in Revelation;

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Knowing this as a witness of truth, we must understand who Baalpeor is and why we are told the same message in Revelation. Baalpeor is the same as Babylon, and Babylon is the same as Baalpeor. Baalpeor has many daughters in Moab, and Babylon has many daughters;

Num 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. (the daughters of Moab worshiped Baalpeor)


What was it that attracted the Israelites to Baalpeor, the women of Moab? The king of Moab, Balak, wanted to curse Israel and was afraid of them.

Num 22:1 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.
Num 22:2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
Num 22:3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.
Num 22:4 And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.
Num 22:5 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:
Num 22:6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.

Balaam is the false prophet in us who knows our weaknesses and strengths. He does not want to serve God unless he is forced to, like Balaam through the mouth of the ass. What Baalpeor represents is all the denominations in the world that attract us to them. We have some truth and are proud of it, so we take it to the world outside us. Then through, seemingly wise counsel of the world, we end up eating their doctrines and sacrificing the counsel of God, committing whoredom with the women of Moab. I cannot tell you of all the denominations I have been in through the mainline Christian orthodoxy. This does not take into account all the branches off those orthodoxies and all the doctrines I brought with me to those doctrines, that I had made up on my own and/or was taught by others in my life. If we are allowed to keep our minds focused on what's inside us which worships Baalpeor, then we will receive the blessing by the curse.

Neh 13:2 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.

LORD willing, this is what will happen to us. We will become a blessing to the Body and not a curse. We must remember that when the LORD drags us to the Body, we are coming with a bunch of baggage which we have acquired over our lifetime of Baal worship. So once we get to the Body, we must remember that we will have trials to burn all those false doctrines of Babylon/Baalpeor, and the offshoots of them from our thoughts. This is the fire we are going through now that burns up all that we think is true and good.

1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (This is the starting point once we are dragged to the Body.)
1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; (This is our works of Baalpeor.)
1Co 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. (Our works are tried in the fire of God's word, and if what we believed does not stand, it is burned up and thrown away as heresy.)
1Co 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (God has created us in a way that we will all bring something to the table for the growth of The Body, either for nourishment by good foundation or nourishment through trials.)
1Co 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1Co 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. (Being wise in our own eyes is defiling the temple of God, for we are not the wise man. All wisdom comes from God, anything contrary to that is the worship of Babylon and Baalpeor, the worship of the man of sin, ourselves.)

So Balak finally gets Balaam to tell him how to cause Israel to fall, to get them attracted to the women, the false doctrines of Baalpeor.

Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Eating things offered to idols ...IS FORNICATION. Literal fornication or adultery is the manifestation of what is in our hearts towards God. If we are acting out in these areas, God is showing us our heart's desire. We are not satisfied with our Husband and desire other gods that look pleasing to the eye. Sacrificing ourselves is not pleasing to the flesh so we start looking at other gods and other doctrines from Moabites - those still blinded.)

Num 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
Num 25:2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.
Num 25:3 And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.
Num 25:6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

This is how we are drawn from the truth, by principalities and powers, Satan and his evil spirits. They entice our flesh by thoughts of evil doctrines, such as "once saved, always saved", turning the grace of God into licentiousness. These are doctrines that the evil one knows can trip us up and cause us to go seeking other ways than what was given us. We add to the truth which was given us or we take from it.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Pe 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Our wrestling and our resisting is against the false doctrines which go through our minds, as we are taught in the story of Balak and Balaam. We are not told that Israel ever knew this struggle was ever going on between Balak and Balaam. We know that they overlooked them in the valley [hard times], but it does not say that they knew they were being watched. This is very instructive for us, because we don't know when we are being discussed, but I can guarantee you, we are being talked about all the time. Satan knows who we are, he is very aware of who we are at all times. He knows he is used by God as the hand of God to try us, to put us in the fire, for the purpose of purifying us from our own sense of self-worth.

Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth THINE HAND. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

The confrontation we go through is like what Israel went through with Goliath. Israel as us and Goliath as our man of sin, say, "Who is able to make war with him?"

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?

1Sa 17:10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
1Sa 17:11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

What was it they so greatly feared?

1Sa 17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
1Sa 17:5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
1Sa 17:6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.
1Sa 17:7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.
1Sa 17:8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.
1Sa 17:9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.

We know from the study of metals, [Link here] that brass represents the works of the flesh, and Goliath's head is COVERED with a helmet of brass/the works of his own hands. We are taught to have our head covered with the helmet of salvation, and the word of God;

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Our old man relies on his own works, whereas the new man relies on the Spirit of God. The old man is unable to be defeated by other fleshly doctrines to bring him under control. Even if his flesh is controlled in one area, it only bolsters his pride that he did it by his own freewill. This is Goliath, wherever Goliath is affecting us, at whatever time in our life. Whatever giant that is in our land which must be defeated, we do not war against it by our own strength. We do what David did, which represents our new man, Christ.

1Sa 17:26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
1Sa 17:32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine
1Sa 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
1Sa 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
1Sa 17:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
1Sa 17:37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
1Sa 17:38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
1Sa 17:39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
1Sa 17:40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
1Sa 17:41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
1Sa 17:42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
1Sa 17:43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
1Sa 17:44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
1Sa 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
1Sa 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

Listen to these next words carefully because they are what we are to be saying to the giants in our own lands, the giants that have kept us barren and unfruitful. The greatest giant in all lands is the giant of shame: "How can you speak of Christ when you've done what you've done?" or "You can't talk; remember what you did yesterday?" The flesh accuses the flesh of works that it says it is responsible for, thereby giving it its power. This the greatest lie of Goliath, to keep us down and unfruitful. But the truth is that all things are in the hand of The Potter, and He is the Creator of all things and by Him DO ALL THINGS CONSIST, EVEN OUR THOUGHTS.

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Pay close attention to these words:

1Sa 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.

The new man is taught to battle in prayer and in faith, that the same God Who created this giant in the land is the same God that will deliver us from it. WE DO NOT CREATE THESE ISSUES IN OUR LAND ....HE DOES.. AND IT IS HE WHO WILL DESTROY THEM IN HIS TIME WHEN HE HAS CREATED THE NEW MAN, WHERE HE HAS PREDESTINED HIM TO BE.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

1Sa 17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
1Sa 17:49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
1Sa 17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
1Sa 17:51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

This is our victory over the man of sin in our lives and the fearful, unbelieving, religious Babylon which fears the man of sin. But the new man of God, Christ in us, does not fear the giant which he made, but rebukes him into submission. We need not fear the giants, and most importantly, we need not add or take away from this truth. Jesus Christ is the Creator - we are not. He alone can destroy what He created in our lives, for His glory. We are going to possess the land by these truths and by these truths ALONE, by the faith which He has given us. So the mingling with the Moabitish women is what Satan's job is for us, to distract us with other things, adding to what The LORD has instructed or taking from what The LORD has said.

Deu 4:3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.

Our eyes have seen all the false doctrines the LORD has destroyed in our lives. We see the growth in each other, and we realize the high walls, the many giants that have been defeated by the power of our LORD. We realize it was His power to destroy what His power created. What a beautiful thought, what freedom we have in knowing He "WHO HAS BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN US" by the many trials of giants, "WILL PERFORM IT UNTIL THE DAY OF JESUS CHRIST" (Php 1:6).

When Jesus Christ has been formed to His birthing time, IN US AS A WHOLE, then shall He appear and we shall appear as His body. This is why Paul says that God has began a good work in us and will perform the good work UNTIL THE DAY OF THE LORD JESUS. We all have our day inwardly, our beginning of knowledge of truth, but when God has performed that day in all that He has chosen as part of Christ's Body, THEN WILL COME THE OUTWARD MANIFESTATION OF JESUS CHRIST TO THE WORLD. His body will have grown to its revelation place. Then shall all nations mourn and say, "Hide us from the wrath of the LAMB! (Rev 6:16) We do not want our freewill taken from us, we do not want to be exposed as the weak, self-centered creatures we are." But thanks be to God we are, and then real freedom comes.

Deu 4:4 But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.

He allows us to cleave unto Him without adding or subtracting from what He has instructed us, and this is what we all hope God will continue to perform in us as a whole Body.

Next week, LORD willing, we will go over verses 5-8.

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