Deuteronomy – Deu 5:22-30 The Power of the Law Could Not be Attained in the Flesh

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Deu 5:22-30 The Power of the Law Could Not be Attained in the Flesh

Deu 5:22  These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.
Deu 5:23  And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
Deu 5:24  And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.
Deu 5:25  Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die.
Deu 5:26  For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
Deu 5:27  Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.
Deu 5:28  And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken.
Deu 5:29  O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
Deu 5:30  Go say to them, Get you into your tents again.

For several studies now we have gone over what the ten commandments meant to the literal Israelites outwardly and to our flesh. We learned that the commandments to our flesh are hard and burdensome, and our carnal ears don't want to hear them. Then we learned that the commandments inwardly are meant to be seen as Christ being the center of those very commandments.

After covering that we saw that the mount that we were under while in the flesh was the power of God over the flesh outwardly. We saw that the mount was a power so great and powerful that we did not want to see it or hear it. It was an unattainable power that we did not have the heart to fulfill. We would rather go to mortar and clay buildings made by man's hands so that they can water those words down to our flesh and make them so that we can attain to them. The opposite is what they were intended to do. We know no one can keep them. Paul points this out through the Spirit of Christ speaking through him in Galatians;

Gal 6:11  Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.
Gal 6:12  As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
Gal 6:13  For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
Gal 6:14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Gal 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Gal 6:16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

We then covered Brother Mike's study that pointed to the mount being in us. The power of creating us to have a heart that desired these things had to come from the Creator of the power itself, Christ. Now we will bring these studies together and see that the power of the law to the flesh was unattainable to THE FLESH. But the power of the Power in us who created the law of the spirit in us will be the power to keep and fulfill the law by the spirit of Christ. Let's read this principal in action.

Rom 7:7  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Rom 7:8  But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
Rom 7:9  For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Rom 7:10  And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
Rom 7:11  For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Rom 7:12  Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
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.
Rom 7:14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Rom 7:15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Rom 7:16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Rom 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
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:
Rom 8:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (who don't try to obtain righteousness by the law to the flesh)
Rom 8:5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh (the law to the flesh); but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Rom 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

These verses lay a foundation that should bring us to the place of great joy and repentance from trying to obtain a righteousness by the law to the flesh. "REPENT" from the works of the flesh, the law to the flesh that was given to show us that we were sinners, not given to make us righteous in the flesh. That was not an attainable goal.

Mat 3:2  And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mat 4:17  From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mar 1:15  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Mar 6:12  And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

Luk 13:2  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
Luk 13:3  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

1Ti 1:9  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, 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;
1Ti 1:11  According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Repentance is a change in thought about what we are doing and now should be doing. We take this and form it into a law to the flesh and say, "I quit doing a, b and c, and have seen that it is bad, so now I am right before God and righteous." This is 'churchianity'. It is a way to bend the truth into a lie and proclaim our own freewill righteousness. It is a lie from the smoke that rises out of the pit, a smoke screen to blind us from the truth and from true repentance. This is the truth in its simplest form; "we can do NOTHING of ourselves, NOTHING."

Repent from thinking you are capable of doing anything of yourself.

Joh 5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

Joh 5:30  I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
Joh 5:31  If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

Joh 8:28  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
Joh 8:29  And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

These were the words spoken from our LORD about HIMSELF. How much more does that apply to His OWN CREATION!  Are we greater than Christ Himself? Is there something about the flesh of man that is greater than the Creator of man? No, and here are His words to us;

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: FOR WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING.
Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; AND MEN GATHER THEM,AND CAST THEM INTO THE FIRE, and they are burned.
Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Joh 15:8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Joh 15:9  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
Joh 15:10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

This great mountain that burned with fire and a great voice was for the flesh. It spoke of absolute obedience to the law of the flesh. But inwardly we have seen that that great mountain is inwardly for those in Christ. We saw by Romans 7 and 8 that we cannot obtain the righteousness of the law because it was given to show us that we were sinners from birth. However, it is obtained by Jesus Christ on our behalf, having obtained righteousness for us by His life and death. We can now approach that mountain because it is inside us burning up all that we thought we were and yet leaving us with no condemnation (Rom 8:1). The old testament shadow was when He gave them the law and spoke to them; something that had never been done before;

Deu 4:33  Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

Then He brought them to the promised land, and they were afraid of the people they had to fight. Look inwardly at these things, and see them within yourself. See that you are that person to whom God is speaking and your self-thought doctrines are the peoples of your land. He did not enter us to allow us to be defeated by our self-thought doctrines. He did not give us His spirit so that we would draw back and be afraid of our flesh. No, He gave it to us to conquer the flesh and totally stamp it out. When we struggle with this process, we are as those literal Israelites in the wilderness that saw the giants and then shrank back in fear. We are not come to the mount that burned outwardly with fire, but to the mount inwardly.

Heb 12:18  For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
Heb 12:19  And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
Heb 12:20  (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
Heb 12:21  And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Heb 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Heb 12:25  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Heb 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
Heb 12:27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

Our flesh hears the voice of God in the sense it acknowledges that the commandments come from Him. Our flesh then either waters it down and says, "Well, He really didn't mean that" or we lie and say we are capable of keeping the commandments. But the Elect hear the testimony against them and receive that testimony against their flesh. Then we see that when we are given a testimony against our flesh, we are at the same time given a testimony for the spirit. We see that the flesh is dead in trespasses and sins and will never enter the kingdom of God. But we also see that Christ has conquered our flesh, death and the principalities and powers to which we were in bondage. He fought the people in the promised land and defeated them for us. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Do you see the hope that all of the religious world does not have? Do you see that, yes, He speaks to us, and it is fearful to the flesh, but the fact that we are spoken to is more than any can say. He does not speak to us to destroy us like the people of Israel thought. No, He speaks to us to give us life. We have a more sure word of that than any other humans who have ever lived on this earth. We are the Elect of God, chosen in Christ before the foundation of the word, created to bring forth praise to God, created to bring forth works in which He has created we walk.

Should we deny such promises? Is there more that I must do as others have said to enter the kingdom? If you believe that, then you have not heard His voice. The Shepherd of the sheep is just that, the shepherd, Who takes care of the sheep and guards them from the enemy, does not allow the sheep to graze just anywhere. No, He leads them to the choicest grazing land and the streams of life. He walks us through the shadow of the valley of death in which we live and at the same time prepares a table of peace from which to eat while in that shadow. We become comfortable with this because we should know that there is no second death waiting for us, we are walking through the fire of God's judgement now so that we don't have to go through the lake of fire, which is the second death, later. Yes, we are special to God, above all people of the world, and we should hold on and embrace that truth.

Psa 23:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psa 23:5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Next week, LORD willing, we will cover the last three verses of Deuteronomy 5:31-33.

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