Deuteronomy – Deu 5:1-7 The First Commandment

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Deu 5:1-7 The First Commandment

Deu 5:1 And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.
Deu 5:2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
Deu 5:3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
Deu 5:4 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,
Deu 5:5 (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,
Deu 5:6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Deu 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

Our focus this morning will be on mainly verses 5 and 6, the first commandment. Verses 1-5 we've covered already in previous studies in Deuteronomy where we covered Horeb, why we are the ones with whom God made the covenant and not our fathers/old man, and Moses representing the law. So beginning today we will cover the first of the 10 commandments spiritually. LORD willing, we will be given a deeper understanding of what it means to "have none other gods before" The LORD God. I used to think that having none other gods was not worshipping Zeus, Atlas or any false entity seen as a god by the world. But having none other god before us is much deeper and closer to home than we have believed.

Before The LORD says that we shall have none other gods before Him He says "I am the LORD thy God, WHICH brought thee out of the LAND (H776 - earth, field, land, ground, world) of Egypt, from the house (prison) of bondage (slavery)".

It is important for us to see what is spiritually being said in this verse. We can see this is the story of Joseph, which is the beginning of how Israel ended up in Egypt. God wants us to know that it was Him Who sent them/us into Egypt, into the prison to be in slavery. It was not their choice, it was not their bad decisions, it was not their good decisions, nor was it the evil choices of Joseph's brothers independent from God, Potifar, his wife, or the king of Egypt. IT WAS GOD AND GOD ALONE using the evil He has predestined in men's lives. The word "house" in "house of bondage" is also translated "prison" in the following verse;

Gen 39:20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison (house), a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

Job 12:16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

As always, we must see ourselves as the object of the story as the new man and old man. So we are Joseph, our master is the man of sin, and the King is the LORD. So if we put these few things together we begin to see that the land of Egypt is our flesh to which that we are in bondage, held in prison by the lust of the old man, and we are there by the decree of our King. We are judged by our Master's law because his wife (Gen 39:7), Babylon, wanted us to pleasure ourselves with her.

Because we are the Elect at this time and are just now being dragged to the truth unknowingly, we do not see that this is all of The LORD to make us trust in Him and not our flesh. He is teaching us not to put any other god, ourselves, BEFORE Him. He is teaching us, chastising us not to blame others, Joseph's brothers, Potifar's wife, or ourselves, for our plight because we are being taught to believe that all things are by Christ, for christ and that all things consist by Him, Who is the image of God we are to worship. We are being shown that all these things work together for the good.

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.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

God is BEFORE all things, and we should worship Him as the beginning of all things or before all things and ascribe all power in all things to Him as the Author and finisher of all things. For this reason we shall not ascribe or give any other reason for anything that happens. He is to be seen as BEFORE all things, because He alone has created all things. Because He has created all things, then all things which He has created in our lives He said were very good;

Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

"I am the LORD thy God, WHICH brought thee out of the LAND (H776 - earth, field, land, ground, world) of Egypt, from the house (prison) of bondage (slavery)".

Again, how did we get to Egypt? The LORD!

Gen 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
Gen 45:8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Now, how did we come out of the land of Egypt? The LORD!

Deu 5:6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

So knowing it was Him Who brought us into this prison of slavery, and it was Him Who brought us out, Who should we worship for all that has happened in our land? The LORD God Who created all things through the LORD Jesus Christ is to be worshipped. We do not worship family, not my own choices, not society, not the government, not anyone or anything. When we do, we are putting other gods BEFORE Him as though they had some sort of power over us. In doing this we are still in the darkness of the prison of our master, the man of sin. This prison is where we are all born and created; in darkness, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the carnal mind until, like Joseph, we are resurrected from our prison by the power of God (Gen 15:13-14). The following verses describe Joseph's journey, which is our journey;

Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (enslaved in our flesh)
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (our old man and his father the devil)
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (We are in prison with other prisoners, but we are there to bring many others out.)
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (on the right hand of Pharaoh's throne)

We can see Joseph in all these verses when we see that he was quickened/made alive from prison/his flesh where he was dead in trespasses and sins where he/we walked according to his/our master, the prince of the power of our air/mind, the spirit that worked in/works in the old man, the child of disobedience among whom we walked/lived according to the lust/the desires of the flesh. Our thoughts of why we are what we are, why we are where we are, and who is responsible for all things. We are born in the flesh enslaved to the prince of the air, Satan, and we are walking and talking according to what we see as truth, "We are the creators of our own destiny." Because we are the Elect before the foundation of the world, chosen by God for His purpose, we are called out of this prison because God has chosen to be merciful to us now in this eon. Even though we were dead in sin, He called us to life in Christ by the chastening grace He predestined we go through and raised us up out of prison and sat us next to Him/Pharaoh in Christ Jesus. The land is described as stated above as the earth, the field, and the world, and we know from scripture what these words mean; they mean us, our flesh.

The earth;

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

The field;

Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

The world;

Jas 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

We are these descriptions of the land of Egypt. The land is where we dwell within Egypt and are called Egyptians in the flesh but Israelites in the spirit. We are called Egyptians because our father the Devil is the king of Egypt in the negative, and we are called Israelites because in the spirit we are children of our Father from above Egypt and above the fleshly lusts and in the heavens of our minds and heart, the King of the kings of our earth, land, field and world. This is why He says we shall not put anyone or thing BEFORE Him as a god, because He alone is Creator of all. When we go against the prince of the power of the air, we are given over to the prison of our flesh until we are delivered by the power of God when we are given the interpretation of our dreams, our hope (Gen 40:9-19). We see that we are the Butler and the Baker. We are the butler who must go through the wrath of God before we are given to serve Him. We are the baker who must die from giving what we thought was good food to our King to eat. It's the same principle of the witness of two, like the two men on the cross beside Christ.

It is important to point out the three stages of judgment that we go through as Joseph. First thing that happens is we see our hope and calling in the dreams Joseph has as a boy. When the sheaves, the sun, the moon and stars all fall down at His feet (Gen 37:6-9) we know that this is a type of Christ and that all the world will give their praise and worship to him as the Head. But we are the body of Christ, and so we are given the dream of who we are in Him and this same principle applies to us. This truth must first be tested by the process of judgment, like Joseph. First, he is sold into slavery by his brothers (Gen 37:27-28), then he is sold into slavery to Potiphar (Gen 37:36), and then he is thrown into prison by the lies of Babylon (Gen 39:20). Each stage is a deeper prison for the trying of his faith. (Jas 1:1-3).

When we confess who we are in Christ, that we are the Christ of Christ, we must understand that the trials will come. These trials of being thrown into slavery, to persecution from family, slavery to the doctrines of Babylon and rejecting them, and then finally slavery to sins of the flesh must come. These are the trials that make us not trust in the flesh but trust in the promises we have in the original dreams we have through truth. The dreams are the things we are told of who we are in scripture. These are not literal dreams but the hope we have in Christ as our deliverer. We must trust that what we saw in these dreams of the sheaves, sun, moon and stars are truth. We cannot make a graven image of anything else but worship the image that God made of Himself for us to worship, and that image of Himself is Christ.

The word "BEFORE" in Deu 5:6 has such a deep meaning that we must cover it to get the full meaning of what He desires us to see. All the words below are other ways this word is translated. I have selected a few out of this list to make the point;

It's pretty obvious that to have any god BEFORE the true God covers a lot more than what our carnal minds think. He is bigger than anything we can imagine. He is bigger than what we can see with our natural eyes. He is everything, all things, He is KING of kings, LORD of lords over all things that have ever been and that will ever be. HE, and He alone, created it all through our LORD Jesus Christ Who is the image of the unseen God. So to put anything before Him is to be lost in the land of Egypt, blind of truth and without understanding, living among the dead in the grave;

Psa 30:3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave (hades): thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

This is the truth of how we are to worship God. When we are born into this world, we are taught that we are free moral beings, separate and independent from all influences. I was taught with sayings like, "If you lay on the porch with the dogs you're gonna end up with fleas" one of my teachers use to say. Or, "no ones gonna just give you money, you got to work for what you got, create your prosperity with your own gifts." And "God has given you gifts, and He expects you to go out and use them. He's already given you what you need, you just need to use it." Now all these sayings have some truth to them, we can all recognize that, but it is the way they are used, as though it's all in your power to exercise what God gave you. It seems like God created us with different gifts, left, went back to a place out in space called heaven, and left the world and its destiny up to us to use these gifts to bring about the best result for mankind. Now that He has left, we all have a part that we are to use by our freewill to bring about the best for mankind, and in the end we will be given rewards for the good we have done for mankind all based upon how we used our freewill. Some will be resurrected to an eternal bliss in a magical place called heaven because they used their freewill to change people for the good. Others will be resurrected to a place in the middle of the earth where an evil creature that God had no control over - the Devil - will rule and torment everyone there with fire for all eternity. Where we end up is based on our freewill choices so many think. This is the reason Christ has blinded the world through the parable of the talents in Matthew 25.

Babylon does not see the kingdom of God inwardly and does not see the old man and new man. They see everything outwardly, naturally, because before our eyes are opened to the spiritual, all we can see is the natural. In the parable Christ presents us with three different stages of judgment, 5, 2 and 1. Then at the end of each judgment He gives us the reward of His righteousness.

The 5 is salvation from eternal death by chastening grace, teaching us through trials. Then comes the number 2 which witnesses to what we are in the flesh and what we are in the spirit and then what Christ was in the flesh and what Christ is, was, and will be in us in the spirit. Then when we get down to us standing on our own, the number 1, we are nothing and the flesh is tormented until it is destroyed and all that is left is the glory of God (Mat 25:14-30).

Put these three numbers together 5+2+1=8, the new man. This thought is then taken into Matthew 25:31-46 where it appears that it's talking about the end of the literal world instead of the end of your own world inwardly. When the Son of man comes He is coming inwardly to us as individuals. He is searching out our heart's world and ridding us from the man of sin who believes he is his own god because of freewill. All the nations in us are nations that are built upon lies of freewill or truths about the King of kings inside us and where and why we are what we are.

Dan 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

This is also an inward statement and goes with the verses in Matthew 25.

Mat 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Mat 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Mat 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

We are given the sight of chastening grace and therefore give God the glory for all that was in our life which brought about the number 10, the completion of the flesh.

Mat 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
Mat 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Again, after the completion of the flesh we are whole, the number 4, with the witness of who God has made us.

Mat 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
Mat 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

God sees the end from the beginning;

Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

He started with the number 1, when we are in total darkness in our earth, and from there He progresses us into 2 and then to 5 and then to 10. We hide the unity of the one in ourselves and do not give glory to God, and therefore we must receive chastenig grace to open our eyes to the truth of the witness 2 against us and for us. It is there we are given these words:

Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

As you notice God sees the end from the beginning, and He begins in the number 5, where we are chastened, taught by trials before we get to the witness, 2, of whom we are, were and will be, and then we see the flesh standing alone, united to flesh, taken and destroyed because he has nothing of himself to offer. Because all that he was, is and will be was created by his Creator, he cannot claim anything as his. This is a process that we as the Elect go through daily, hourly and minute by minute as each nation in us is brought before the revealing of the LIGHT of God. With each enlightenment we see ourselves breaking the commandment of God, "thou shall have no other gods before me" and then keeping that same commandment by seeing the truth that God alone created it all. The commandment came as all commandments came - to reveal the truth of God.

Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

This separation is the separation of our thoughts of who we are and Who God is, what we thought we were, are and can be, to what God had made us, is making us and will make us. In this we keep the commandment of God by not having any gods in us BEFORE the One and only God, Who not only brought us out of our land of Egypt but had Himself put us in that very land. To God goes all glory, honour and praise for creating us out of darkness, calling light out of darkness. So we should have a deeper understanding of what this first commandment means when it says;

Deu 5:6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Deu 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

It makes it more clear now to see why God points out that He brought us out of the land of Eygpt from the house of bondage when we see ourselves as being in bondage. If we do not see ourselves in bondage, we can never be free.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Joh 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Joh 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

We are able to understand that all are slaves of sin, all are born into bondage in Egypt, and all will come out. All will come out of the flesh, whether in this life or in the next one in the lake of fire. As long as we are still in Egypt in our carnal minds we will still be in bondage and not have a clear sight of Who God is.

And this thought will help us understand the next commandment next week:

Deu 5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
Deu 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
Deu 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

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