Deuteronomy – Deu 8:6 Therefore Thou Shalt Keep the Commandments of the LORD Thy God…

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Deu 8:6  Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

What does it mean to keep the commandments of the LORD? Babylon told me that it meant keeping the ten commandments, literally. Other parts of Babylon said that the commandments were just a guide to us, and Jesus had fulfilled the commandments so that we did not have to keep them. What does scripture teach us? Religion looks at the ten commandments and stops there. They never go further than that. To Babylon, the literal ten commandments are what makes you a child of God or makes you a child of a literal burning fire called hell. The commandments here in this one verse, which The LORD was giving to the literal Israelites, were what we had read in the previous chapters and verses. Casting out the seven nations, utterly destroying them, not making marriages with them, destroying their alters, their images, not making covenants with them and along with these commandments the literal ten commandments were to be kept.

These are but a few of the many commandments that they were told were necessary to obey. We went over these commandments one by one over the past few weeks and months and saw their inward application to us, who are the true Israel of God. There are many more commandments we will see inwardly in the future as we read through the book of Deuteronomy. We must never forget though, that no matter how many commandments we read, in whatever book we read, they all apply to the flesh, literally.

Mat 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Mat 5:19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

In no way, shape or form shall one "jot or tittle" of the law be excused or overlooked. That is an incredible statement. Everything that the law has ever required will be required by the flesh, even though the flesh cannot keep it. The law and the commandments of the law are one and the same; they are not two different things. The law and the commandments include the do's and the don't's. There were commandment "not to do" and a commandment what to do when the "do not's" are broken. Whatever action is to be taken in punishment for the breaking of a commandment is also a commandment of the law. But what constitutes law in the Bible? ALL OF IT - FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION. Every word in scripture is law. When Christ told the Jews in John Chapter 10 "is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods", He was quoting from Psalm 82.

Where in Babylon are we told that the book of Psalms is a book of laws? We aren't. Why? Because Babylon wants us to believe that the only law is the ten commandments, and the rest of the old testament does not apply to the flesh. Therefore, we can water it down to make it seem that if we don't kill, don't steal, don't commit adultery, love our parents, then we are good, and we will have a door wide open in the heavens with Jesus waiting for us with open arms, to welcome us into a blissful paradise because we've kept His commandments. This is what we all believed in religion from Judaism, Islam, Catholicism to all Christian denominations and from Hinduism to Buddhism. The truth is we are all rotten to the core in the flesh. We break commandment after commandment daily, hourly, minute by minute and then cover it up by watering down the commandment of punishment. In every way and in every form we break the law of the flesh. In the flesh, how can we not, when the flesh itself is sin.

Psa 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

If we are conceived in sin, "shaped" in iniquity, we sure don't come out sinless! Whatever we are conceived as, is what we are born - dog, cat, lion, bird, snake, or human. Whatever the conception, the embryo from that conception will grow into its likeness. So, too, with mankind. We are conceived in sin, and then we are born sinning machines. This is where the law comes in.

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.

The law was made "according to the glorious gospel". What does that mean? It means without the law of the flesh there is no gospel. It means that you cannot have the gospel without the law. You cannot have the good news - the gospel without the bad news - the law which tells us what we are in the flesh. Then comes the good news to tell us that we are being saved by being recreated from the first Adam who is under the law. When the law says "you shall not..." and we do exactly that instead, we break the law, and it then condemns us. We have already broken the commandments by birth alone, because we are condemned in the first Adam, as we are conceived in sin.

Rom 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Rom 5:13  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Rom 5:14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Rom 5:15  But not as the offence - [the law], so also is the free gift - [the gospel]. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Rom 5:16  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. [The more we have sinned does not make us more condemned than if we had only broken one commandment. It shows us how much more we need salvation. To those who have seen they have been forgiven much, they will love much.]
Rom 5:17  For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
Rom 5:18  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Rom 5:19  For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

The knowledge of sin is a gift from God to those who have eyes to see. Without this gift to see just how sinful we are, that we are unrecoverable by our own works, we will see something good in our flesh.

Mat 12:10  And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
Mat 12:11  And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
Mat 12:12  How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
Mat 12:13  Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
Mat 12:14  Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

We have that withered hand, for we cannot stretch forth our hand on our own and pick up anything that would justify our flesh from death. Thus we are shown that we are unrecoverable from certain death. But, we just read, not as the offence, so is the free gift, for the offence shows one sin brings condemnation, but the free gift shows the many sins from which we are delivered. The offense shows one sin unto condemnation, but the good news is that we are not only saved from that one sin, but a lifetime of sin. Scripture shows us that the world shall be saved from eternal death, the world of sin in me points to the greatness of the free gift that overcomes that world of sin. How is that done? God breaks His rest of the seventh day and begins recreating the new man on the eighth day.

Gen 2:1  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Gen 2:2  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Gen 2:3  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

What Christ demonstrated by healing the man with the withered hand on the sabbath day is that recreation of the eight comes from the rest of Christ. Without the completion of the rest, the number seven, the number eight cannot be spoken into existence.  Did that mean that God needed rest literally and had to go back to work? Of course not, it is symbolism of the fact that the creation of the eighth day, the new man,comes from the completion of the rest in Christ as the seventh Day.

2Ch 29:16  And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.
2Ch 29:17  Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth dayof the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.

To get to the eighth day they had to work through the seventh day, the day of rest. They had to break the law of the day of rest to get rest.

So, too, with Christ and the man with the withered hand: the sabbath rest is a symbol of us being recreated in Christ. We rest from all our labors for salvation so that we can work out our own salvation on the ninth day with fear and trembling as the eighth new man. We work out our own salvation with fear and trembling as the new man, knowing it is God working in us both to will and to do on the ninth day, tenth day, eleventh day and then establishing on the twelfth day, the foundational government of God whereby we will give this free gift to the world. Our salvation from death depends on WORKS...the works of God in Christ Who recreated us into the new man who works the works of God according as He wills us to will and to work. Christ healed on the seventh day in that He recreated a new man. What we are going over is "keeping the commandments of God". Everything we have just covered is the core of keeping the commandments of God. We must realize that sin does not keep us from God, quite the opposite. Unless I know that I am sinful, I cannot be dragged (Joh 6:44) to my Savior for deliverance. Unless I know that I am a slave, I do not come for a savior.

Deu 8:6  Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

To walk in His ways is to see that without the knowledge of sin, I cannot be saved from it. Without knowing I have a sickness , how can I be treated for it? Keeping the commandments of God is showing each other the same love Christ has shown us, forgiveness, for in that forgiveness is a new man created. But, if you don't see your sin, how can you be forgiven for it? If you don't see that you need forgiveness, then you are without sin in your own mind and dead, "For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law." If we do not see we need forgiveness, then we have not seen the depth of our sin, and if we have not seen the depth of our sin, then we are dead in sin. Sin being imputed to us is the greatest blessing we can receive from God, for in that judgment comes forgiveness. This is the beauty of all law.

1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
1Co 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
1Co 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

If we do not examine ourselves as being just as sinful as others, and just as needful of forgiveness as everyone else, we are not seeing the depth of our sin and therefore are not breaking the bread of our bodies or drinking of the cup of indignation. We are not taking the world's sin upon us as our Savior, but are denying some sin as ours. Denying that as a child of the first Adam, I am guilty of all sin that has ever been committed, is denying the total depth of my sickness. These following verses should always be in the forefront of our spiritual eyes, especially verses 25 and 26. These verses are keeping the commandments of God.

Mat 5:21  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Mat 5:23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
Mat 5:24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Mat 5:25  Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison [Rev 2:10].
Mat 5:26  Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

We cannot be delivered from sin unless we break our own sabbath rest, our own works which we think bring us rest, be recreated as the new man, who is quick to agree with the law, quick to forgive and quick to seek re-creation in the new man. Christ is the adversary to our flesh, and unless we are given repentance we will be delivered to the judge of the law, then to the officer and then to the prison for tormenting.

Mat 18:21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Mat 18:22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Mat 18:23  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
Mat 18:24  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
Mat 18:25  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
Mat 18:26  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:27  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
Mat 18:28  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
Mat 18:29  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:30  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
Mat 18:31  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Mat 18:32  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Mat 18:33  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
Mat 18:34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Mat 18:35  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. 

This is keeping the commandments of God. This is the law of the Spirit of Christ that we have received as children of God. Not one jot or tittle shall pass from this law until all be fulfilled. Confession of what I am in the flesh and what Christ has made me in the Spirit is where freedom comes. Without confession there is no remission of sins; this is law.

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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